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Jack Kerouac Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: KM
Date: Jul 1987

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.

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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Subject Headings


Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969.


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

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Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Jack Kerouac Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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