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Jack London Exhibit at Merrill-Cazier Library

Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012

Jack London photograph

The life and work of noted author Jack London is the subject of an exhibit presented by University Libraries at USU. The exhibit includes materials drawn from the extensive holdings in the London Collection at Special Collections and Archives.

Jack London, Charmian London

Jack London and his wife, Charmian. (photo from Special Collections and Archives)

personal letter from USU's Jack London Collection

The exhibit includes examples of the author's personal correspondence, including a five-page letter to fellow socialist Anna Strunsky.

Utah State University’s extensive collection of Jack London material is in the spotlight as part of a new exhibit presented by University Libraries and its Special Collections and Archives Division.

The exhibit, “Jack London at Utah State University,” features items drawn from the Jack and Charmian London Correspondence and Papers Collection as well as the Jack London Book Collection, both housed at University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Division. The exhibit can be seen Oct. 5 through Dec. 15 at Merrill-Cazier Library in the atrium and lower level. An associated gallery talk is also planned.

Jack London at Utah State University” showcases a range of unique items from the collection — a collection that is noted as among the largest holding of London materials in the country, second only to the Huntington Library in California. The exhibit focuses on material and information not widely known about London — his family, socialist politics, his relationship with fellow socialist Anna Strunsky and his professional relationship with fellow author Sinclair Lewis.

Visitors can also see a one-of-a-kind artist book, inspired by London, featuring Crater Lake in Oregon. Highlights from London’s Diary of a Tramp and his Russo-Japanese war correspondent notebooks round out the exhibit.

On the lower level of Merrill-Cazier Library in the Special Collections reading room, visitors can view first editions of London’s works and see the various published formats of his work — comic books, videos, magazines, graphic novels and more. In addition to these formats, copies of Call of the Wild, London’s most iconic work, are displayed in nine languages.

The formal opening and gallery talk for the exhibit are Friday, Oct. 5, 2:30 p.m., in Merrill-Cazier Library, Room 101.

Manuscript curator Clint Pumphrey of University Libraries will provide the gallery talk and explain how Utah State University acquired the Jack and Charmian London correspondence and papers. He’ll also discuss some of the more interesting and unique items found in the collection.

The public is invited to the free gallery talk along with the participants of the Jack London Society’s 11th Biennial Symposium. Sessions for the symposium are Oct. 3-6 in Logan. The Jack London Society is an international non-profit organization that promotes study of the life and work of Jack London. A number of USU organizations, including University Libraries and the Department of English, are co-sponsors for the symposium.

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Source: Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries

Contact: Brad Cole, (435) 797-8268,

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