The Jack Kerouac Archive at UMass Lowell

The Kerouac Archive is made up of a number of different individual collections, listed below. At over 100 linear feet, Visions of Kerouac: The John Sampas Collection is one of the most comprehensive Kerouac collections in the world and our largest collection.

Searching the Archive

The Beat Scene Collection 

Lois Beckwith Collection

Mark Hemenway Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Collection

Francis J. Hess Collection

The Kerouac Connection (Newsletter) Collection

Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Collection

Lowell Historical Preservation Commission Collection

Paul Marion Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Collection

Dennis McNally Papers

Moody Street Irregulars Collection

Gerald Nicosia Collection

Rex Dennis Parady Kerouac Collection

Frankie Edith Kerouac Parker Collection

Beate Francois Pelletier Collection

Visions of Kerouac: The John Sampas Collection

Note: the above pages are still in progress and will be updated regularly. We may need to disable page links at times, as inventory is on-going. Questions about the archive? Contact us.

Visiting the Archive

The Jack Kerouac Archive at UMass Lowell, located at the Center for Lowell History (CLH), 40 French Street, Lowell, MA, 01852, welcomes scholars and the general public who would like use our holdings for research. It is free and open to the public. Visits are pre-arranged by contacting us, as we cannot accommodate walk-in visitors.

The Kerouac Study Room within the Mogan Center, which is open to the public, contains CLH’s extensive collection of biographical archives, oral histories and rare print copies of Kerouac editions.

Language: Primarily English, some French, and a few other international editions of Kerouac works

Restrictions: Reproduction, copyright, and privacy rights

Access to the collections within the archive is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Kerouac Center at UMass Lowell would like to thank Mass Humanities for helping make the collection available to the public through the above links.

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