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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2827

Jack Kerouac readings and music: sound recordings


Collection of Jack Kerouac's readings, music, and sound recordings.


  • circa 1964-1970

Language of Materials

In English and French.

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted: limited access; use surrogate. For access to original, consult curatorial staff.

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


.45 linear feet (1 box)
10.5 Gigabytes

Includes music and sound recordings and readings from John Kerouac's various works.

Biographical / Historical

Jack Kerouac was an American novelist and poet. Kerouac is known for his method of spontaneous prose and thematically diverse work including topics such as Catholic spirituality, Buddhism, jazz, drugs, and poverty.


Collection is minimally processed and arranged into the following series: Reels; and CDs.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton staff.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2012M-40. Deposited by Julio Santo Domingo III in 2012 April.

Separated Materials

Born-digital material has been separated: Am2827BD

General note

Draft contents list available in box with use-copy CDs (also, transcribed from tape reel boxes).

Processing Information

Processed by Susan Wyssen, 2016. Minimally processed by Magdaline Lawhorn, 2018.

Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969. Jack Kerouac readings and music: sound recordings, circa 1964-1970 (MS Am 2827): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
October 4, 2018
Description rules
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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