Carl Jacobi Collection
Saturday March 17th 2007, 12:08 pm
Filed under: Collection Announcements

The Carl Jacobi Collection at the Browne Library is one of the largest and most comprehensive of the Library’s manuscript holdings, and documents Jacobi’s fifty year career as a horror, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure fiction writer.

Jacobi attended the University of Minnesota (1927-1930), where he wrote for the campus humor magazine, Ski-U-Mah, and the University’s literary magazine, The Minnesota Quarterly. After leaving college, Jacobi continued to live and work in Minneapolis. He also began to write short stories that were published in the pulp magazines of the period. The collection contains dozens of original manuscript short stories that Jacobi composed for pulp magazines such as Weird Tales, Wonder Stories, Short Stories, Thrilling Mystery, Doc Savage, Planet Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Thrilling Adventures, and many others. Jacobi also compiled three collections of his work, Revelations in Black (1947), Portraits in Moonlight (1964), and Disclosures in Scarlet (1972), which were published by Arkham House. Jacobi’s short stories have been translated into French, Swedish, Danish, and Dutch, and the Library’s collection contains many of these foreign editions.

After a long struggle with incapacitating illness, Mr. Jacobi passed away on August 25, 1997.

Forty years of personal correspondence with August Derleth, the editor of Arkham House, and fifty years of correspondence with Hugh B. Cave, a fellow pulp writer, are included in the Jacobi Collection. A videotape of “The Satanic Piano,” a Jacobi short story that was produced for the television program, Tales from the Darkside, complements the holdings of manuscripts, personal papers, and printed books.

Although the primary mission of the Browne Library is to support teaching and research, it is also open to the general public. Researchers wishing to visit the Browne Library and use the Carl Jacobi Collection are encouraged to contact the Library in advance.