Emory University acquires Jack Kerouac collection

Posted by Dena Mellick October 1, 2015
Jack Kerouac, 1950. Photo credit: Ann Borden, Emory Photo/Video

Jack Kerouac, 1950. Photo credit: Ann Borden, Emory Photo/Video

Emory University has acquired a rare collection of materials related to writer Jack Kerouac, according to a press release.

Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library announced the acquisition of the collection on Thursday, Oct. 1 from Kerouac’s brother-in-law John Sampas.

It includes photos of the novelist from 1939 until 1969 and correspondence with Neal Cassady, the model for Kerouac’s “On the Road.”

“These materials reflect and extend the university’s already significant holdings related to Jack Kerouac,” Rosemary Magee, director of the Rose Library, said in the press release. “The letters, photographs, correspondence and manuscript drafts in this collection intimately document Kerouac’s life and provide new insight into his creative genius.”

The release also noted, “The Rose Library also is home to the Jack and Stella Sampas Kerouac Papers, 1940-1994, which include artwork, audiovisual material, clippings, correspondence and writings, financial and legal records, artifacts and more. Among the artifacts are an Army rucksack used by Kerouac, a suitcase, his final typewriter, and Kerouac’s paint box with his signature on the side, used for his various artworks.”

You can read more about the collection on Emory’s website.

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