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Kerouac Archives


Harry Ransom Center

The University of Texas at Austin
300 West 21st Street
Austin, TX 78712

Within the major collections of Beat writers are proofs for Desolation Angels and Visions of Cody, Kerouac's journal from the time period related in the first pages of On the Road, excerpts from Visions of Cody proofs, and more than 200 letters to and from Cassady, Ginsberg, and others. Also of interest is the complete archive of Jack's Book: An Oral Biography, which includes more than 50 hours of taped interviews with Kerouac's friends and colleagues.



The Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for the Public Humanities

UMASS Lowell
One University Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854
Lowell, MA 01852

Founded in 2005 with generous support provided by Kerouac Estate Executor John Sampas. Its purpose is to strengthen the interdisciplinary study of American culture by facilitating ties between the fields of English, history, philosophy, cultural studies, art, music, sociology and economics.



The Jack Kerouac Papers 1920-1977

The New York Public Library, Archives & Manuscripts
New York, NY 10018

The Jack Kerouac Archive spans the years 1920 to 1977, with the bulk dated 1935 to 1969. The collection chiefly consists of holograph and typescript drafts of Kerouac's novels, stories, poetry, plays and screenplays, journals, diaries, notebooks, autobiographical and spiritual prose, fantasy horseracing, and fantasy baseball game.



Jack Kerouac Papers, 1945-1971
Columbia University, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
535 West 114th Street
New York, NY 10027    

Letters from Kerouac to Ginsberg and other acquaintances; letters from William Burroughs to Kerouac; proofs for the novels Desolation Angels and Tristessa; incomplete manuscripts of other published works; as well as short prose, poems, and artwork make up the extensive Kerouac papers held at Columbia.


The Newberry

Chicago's Independent Research Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610

The Malcolm Cowley collection contains more than 25 Kerouac letters, most to Malcolm Cowley, along with a few brief manuscripts.



Special Collections

Peter J. Shields Library
University of California at Davis
100 NW Quad
Davis, CA 95616

The Gary Snyder Papers contain more than 30 letters written by Kerouac to Snyder.




Special Collections & University Archives

Stanford University

Green Library
Stanford, CA 94305

Kerouac's correspondence with Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg and two student papers written for a twentieth century literature course at the New School are among the Kerouac items held at Stanford.


UMass Lowell Library

Center for Lowell History

Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center
40 French Street
Lowell, MA 01852

Oral history interviews with family members and childhood and adult friends comprise this collection in Kerouac's hometown.




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