• Dates: 1957-2014
• Extent: 14 Boxes; 5 hanging objects
• Repository: Center for Lowell History; Kerouac Room, 1st Floor, Wall A
• Biographical/Historical Note: Lowell Celebrates Kerouac is a Lowell-based non-profit organization founded in 1985 devoted to further cultivating appreciation for Jack Kerouac’s life and work. The organization sponsors a variety of educational and artistic programs year-round, including literary panels, readings, lectures, poetry competitions, and tours. The organization’s annual October festival has featured appearances by prominent Beat-inspired poets and musicians like Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, David Amram, Gregory Corso, and Ray Manzarek.
• Provenance: Donated by Judith A. Bessette, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac
• Scope and Content: The collection contains a variety of artifacts relating to the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac organization including correspondence from organization members to artists like Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan, festival posters, flyers, commemorative exhibit designs, photographs, newspaper articles, and grants.
• Language: English