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Edgar Rice Burroughs Clipping Collection-Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-019

Scope and Contents

In 1975, Oak Park held a block party and various celebratory activities with a Tarzan theme in honor of Edgar Rice Burrough’s 100th birthday. The celebration was organized by a group called CHEETAH (Citizens Holding Exercises Extolling Tarzan's Anniversary Here). Activities included crowning a Tarzan, Jane, and Boy based on a series of physical challenges. A Tarzan yell contest was also held. The collection contains local newsclippings, correspondence from the Burroughs estate, and other ephemera from the events.


  • Creation: undated

Biographical / Historical

Edgar Rice Burroughs first moved to Oak Park in 1910 and lived here for most of the decade. Early in his tenure here, he completed the first of his Tarzan and his Martian stories, and by 1918 the first of the Tarzan movies had been produced. The library collects materials relating to him and to his works.


3 Linear Feet

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Clippings, correspondence, and ephemera from local celebrations of Tarzan and Burroughs.

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Repository Details

Part of the Oak Park Public Library Special Collections Repository

834 Lake Street
Oak Park IL 60301 USA