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Jack Kerouac Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969.
Title: Jack Kerouac Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1956-1966
Quantity: 3 items (SC)
Abstract: Papers of the American poet, author. Collection includes holograph manuscript of fragment of the short story "Old Angel Midnight," and autographed copy of Rimbaud, and a signed typescript of Kerouac's "Statement on Poetry."
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was an American novelist, writer, poet, and artist. He coined the term "Beat Generation," referring to a group of underground, anti-conformist young New York writers and novelists, of which he himself -- with William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg -- was the best known. Although Kerouac received relatively little critical praise during his life, he has since been recognized as an important and influential author, inspiring not only other writers but also musicians. He is often credited with being the catalyst for the 1960s counterculture movement. Kerouac's best known works are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur and Visions of Cody.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Jack Kerouac Papers consist of three items: a holograph fragment of "Old Angel Midnight" which appeared in Evergreen Review (no. 33, Aug/Sep 1964); an autographed copy of Rimbaud bearing the date June 17, 1966; and a signed typescript of Kerouac's statement on poetry which appeared in The New American Poetry: 1945-1960.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969.


American literature -- 20th century.
American poetry -- 20th century.
Bohemianism -- United States.
Literature, Experimental.
Poets, American.

Genres and Forms




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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Jack Kerouac Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: KM
Date: Jul 1987
Revision history: 5 Sep 2007 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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SC 22 "Old Angel Midnight" Aug/Sep 1964 - fragment of a short story which appeared in Evergreen Review no. 33
SC 22 Rimbaud June 17, 1966 - autographed and dated
SC 22 "Statement on Poetry" - signed typescript, from The New American Poetry: 1945-1960

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