The J.R.R. Tolkien Manuscripts: Public Showings 2020

Since the late 1950s, Marquette Libraries' Department of Special Collections has been home to the original manuscripts of J.R. R. Tolkien's beloved classics, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The department will conduct a public showing of selected original manuscripts from the collection on the following Friday afternoons through the end of 2019. These showings are open to members of the campus community and to the general public. The event consists of a show-and-tell style presentation conducted by the collection's curator (approximately one hour in length) followed by the opportunity for visitors to take a closer look at the manuscript selections. These showings are not suitable for children under the age of ten. No photography is permitted. Due to limited space in the archives, each group will be capped at approximately 25 persons.

Upcoming dates:  
May 15, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. (This showing is full. Waitlist available.)
July 24, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. (This showing is full. Waitlist available.)
September 18, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.
October 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
November 20, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.


All presentations will take place in Room R301 (3rd floor, Raynor Library) and will run approximately one hour. Please contact William Fliss, Archivist by e-mail or phone (414-288-5906) to register in advance for one of these events.

JRR Tolkien
J. R. R. Tolkien

Archival materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries

Marquette Archives