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Celebrating the Centennial of Edgar Rice Burroughs - 1875-1950
Sponsored by the Associated Students of CSUF.
About the Sculpture

Original bust of ERB used for a molds to make replicasThe bust of Edgar Rice Burroughs which is to become a permanent part of the CSUF Library Special Collection, was executed by Althea B. McLaren. Althea, whose bronze sculptures include a bust of Senator Cameron, of Canadian Parliament (and is now on tour as part of an exhibit of the Baniff {sic} School of Fine Arts), has also done commissions for Cal State Fullerton (e.g. a bust of founding president Langsdorf, and a bronze plaque commemorating the three coaches killed in a tragic accident). Her paintings are in collections in England, Japan and Finland.

Special thanks are due Veronica Chiang, Linda Herman, Carl Wacek and Robert Porfirio, for their invaluable help in setting up the exhibit and securing films.

Gratitude must also be extended to artist Russ Manning, for the loan of numerous original drawings for the exhibit, and to Bob Clampett, for his outstanding animated cartoon, John Carter of Mars.

The name of Edgar Rice Burroughs deserves a special place among American authors for a variety of reasons. Not only is he the creator of the noblest and most imaginatively conceived "pop hero," Tarzan, but in his versatility, he blazed new trails in the direction of Science Fiction, Western novels and Adventure stories. 

Experts on style and literacy form continue to argue about Burroughs' place among such obviously stellar writers as Faulkner, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald. But if we were to take seriously Leo Tolstoy's dictum that greatness in literature must be measured in terms of its acceptability among the masses of people, then Burroughs does indeed stand tall. His more than seventy novels have been translated into nearly every major language on earth, and read by countless millions. 

What Burroughs achieved in the person of Tarzan, was the creation of a hero of classic dimensions, yet who was fully human, subject to both physical and emotional suffering. 

But there is much more to Tarzan than a super-hero. He represents a unique blend of the Natural Man and the civilized Gentleman. Born of aristocratic parents, Lord and Lady Graystoke (sic), he was kidnapped by a tribe of great apes in the African rain forests, and raised to speak the language of animals and become Lord of the Jungle. Introduced to civilization by a French officer, D'Arnot (whom he rescued from death in the jungle), he learned to speak several European languages as well as English, drive a car, and eventually fly his own plane. Reinstated into the HOuse of Lords in England, he was to become the most unusual creation of modern literature. 

Tarzan was legally married to Jane Porter, in The ReturnofTarzan, which was volume two of Burroughs' series. 

It has been a source of great disappointment to readers of Burroughs' work that the movie industry has never made a serious effort to recreate the character on the screen. The result has often been not only a virtual defamation of his personality as Burroughs' intended it, but has led to many misunderstandings.

Two examples will suffice. One is that the novels are "racist" since Blacks were sometimes caste (sic) as villains. But Burroughs often made Blacks heroes in the books, as is the case of the Waziri Warriors who were Tarzan's hand-picked companions in many adventures. Indeed, one of the present writer's students at the university, a Black student from Nigeria, commented recently "Tarzan is greatly loved in my home country."

A second misunderstanding, fostered by the movies, is that Tarzan was "living in sin" with Jane. As this has already been noted, he was officially married to her and together they had a son who featured in some of the later novels. 

But more important, is a time of the "anti-hero," when nobility of purpose and individual courage seen out of fashion, the rediscovery of Tarzan by a new generation of youth (and he is even more popular now in Europe than in America), raises the question of whether many of the rest of us have become out-of-date.

The present celebration of Burroughs' centennial is simply a way of saying thanks for reminding us of the possibilities resident in our humanity.
Robert B. McLaren, Ph.D.
California State Univ
Fullerton, California

Thrilling Adventures Ad 
for Tarzan and the Jungle Murders
Time Magazine letter to Guillory 1954
Letter from Time Magazine, 
November 30, 1954, to ERB fan Al Guillory.


Signal Tarzan Club
Awards and Prizes
(No larger images available)

Signal Gas News: Tarzan Turns Gasoline Salesman
with Tarzan Club photo and 
Tarzan Radio Show ET disc label

Tarzan Poster 
by Russ Manning
Tarzan Polishes Grunts 1960
"Tarzan Polishes Grunts" by Norman J. Badderly 
New Bedford Sunday Standard-Times ~ March 27, 1960
Discussion on the new Sy Weintraub Tarzan movie, 
Tarzan the Magnificent with Gordon Scott.


Announcing the Complete Revised Edition,
A Golden Anniversary Bibliography of 
Edgar Rice Burroughs
by Henry Hardy Heins 
to be published, Autumn 1963, 
by Donald W. Grant

Flip side of Heins Ad: 
Cover of The All-Story pulp magazine 
October 1912 ~ 
The first appearance of 
Tarzan of the Apes.

Roy G. Krenkel
Canaveral Books ad from Spring 1964 for their ERB editions ~ $2.50-$3.50 each order form ~ Krenkel art.
Dun and Bradstreet 1964
ERB, Inc. Document
Dun & Bradstreet Report 
June 1, 1964.
Munsey contract for Mad King of Luthia
"December 3, 1913
Received from The Frank A. Munsey Company
Eight Hundred Eighty Dollars in payment for one novelette entitled 
"The Mad King of Lutha" of which I am the author and sole owner 
and I hereby sell it to The Frank A. Munsey Company, with first serial rights.
Edgar Rice Burroughs"
Burroughs Bulletin No. 10
Burroughs Bulletin No. 10 (Old Series)
An Open Letter to Walt Disney
Letter to Barsoomian Fanzine Subscribers
Letter to Barsoomian Fanzine Subscribers
from Paul C. Allen

ERB letter to 
Maurice B. Gardner

Announcement for The Edgar Rice Burroughs Library of Illustration by Russ Cochran
(Largest image available)
September 4-5 ~ The Conrad Hilton ~ Chicago, Illinois
(Largest image available)

SATURDAY, September 4, 1965
9:00 a.m. Registration and Informal Get Together ~ Beverly Room, 3rd Floor
1:00 p.m. Biblio's Business Meeting ~ Bob Hyde Presiding
2:00 p.m. Frank J. Brueckel Speaks on BURROUGHS AND THE FAN WRITER
3:00 p.m. A Burroughs Panel
5:00 p.m. Intermission
7:00 p.m. Movie: THE SON OF TARZAN (1920) ~ P. Dempsey Tabler and Kamuella Searle
SUNDAY, September 5, 1965
10:00 a.m. Convention Re-opens ~ Beverly Room
12:30 p.m. LUNCHEON     ~ Waldorf Room ~ GUESTS OF HONOR: Mr. and Mrs. James H. Pierce
3:00 p.m. Al Howard: ERB - VICTORIAN!
5:00 p.m. Intermission
7:00 p.m. BURROUGHS ART - Slide Show by Stan Vinson
9:00 p.m. Dum-Dum Ends ~ See  you at the 24th World Science Fiction Convention!

Edgar Rice Burroughs at a  Meeting of the Authors' Association

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