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Kerouac Collection, 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
The Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for the Public Humanities

Visions of Kerouac: The John Sampas Collection

Date range: 1922-2009
Extent: 102 Banker boxes, Hollinger boxes, oversized items
Repositories: Center for Lowell History, Kerouac Room, 2nd Floor; UMass Lowell South Campus, Allen House, O’Leary Library
Provenance: Jack Kerouac Literary Estate, John Sampas (JS) and John Shen Sampas 
Language: English, French, and other languages

Biographical Note

Following Stella Sampas Kerouac’s 1990 death, the Sampas family appointed her youngest brother, John Sampas (1932-2017), as literary representative for the Estate of Jack and Stella Kerouac. John Sampas continued promoting Kerouac’s literary legacy until his own death in 2017.

Scope and Content

Donated by Sampas’s estate to the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2018, Visions of Kerouac is comprised primarily of photostatic copies of Kerouac work she most extensive collection in the Jack Kerouac Archives. Among the items and records are original artifacts, photographs, multimedia items, original and photostatic copies of Kerouac’s art, correspondence, journals, as well as books (English and international editions).


University of Massachusetts Lowell, Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for the Public Humanities, Visions of Kerouac: The John Sampas Collection. Indicate series, box and folder, description of item and date accessed.