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Kerouac Collections, Center for Lowell History

A Guide that aggregates Inventories, Finding Aids, and bibliographic holdings of Jack Kerouac and Beat Literature

Collection Description

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Center for Lowell History

Lois Beckwith Collection

"Dreamed in My Sleep," Book of Dreams selections, Swank Magazine, page 52, VIII, March 1, 1961

Dates: 1959-2001
Extent: .5 linear feet, 1 Hollinger Box
Repository: Center for Lowell History; Kerouac Room, 1st Floor, Wall D
Provenance: Donated by Lois Beckwith
Language: English

Biographical Note

The poet Lois Sorrells Beckwith (1935- ) met Jack Kerouac in 1958. The character “Louise” in Big Sur (1963) is modeled after Beckwith. Beckwith remained friends with Kerouac until his 1969 death.

Scope and Content

The Lois Beckwith Collection includes announcement flyers, correspondence, and magazine and newspaper clippings by or about Kerouac and the Beats. The collection also contains original letters from Beat associate John Montgomery (the charter Henry Morley in the Dharma Bums) to Beckwith as well as a notice of his death. One folder contains the print out of a website in which Beckwith reflects on her relationship with Kerouac but otherwise the collection contains no other Beckwith writings. 

Collection Inventory


University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Lowell History, Beckwith Collection. Indicate box number, folder name, description of item, date accessed.


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