Frankie Edith “Edie” Kerouac-Parker Collection

Dates: 1943-1998
Extent: 4 boxes, 1 oversized item
Repository: Center for Lowell History; Kerouac Room, 1st Floor, Wall C
Biographical/Historical Note: Frankie Edith “Edie” Kerouac-Parker (1922-1993) was a Beat author and Jack Kerouac’s first wife (m. 1944-1948). Edie is upon whom the characters “Judie Smith” in The Town and the City (1950), “Edna ‘Johnnie’ Palmer” in Vanity of Duluoz (1968), and “Elly” in Visions of Cody (1972) were based.
Provenance: Donated by Frankie Edith “Edie” Kerouac-Parker.
Descriptive Summary
Scope and Content: correspondence, manuscripts and drafts, books, newspaper clippings, articles photographs, and a painting.
Highlight: House (1940) by Edgar Stareck (1917-1987), a watercolor painting which hung in Kerouac’s Hartley Hall dormitory room and in an apartment Kerouac and Parker shared at Columbia, On the Road character key.
Language: English

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