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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

Rex Dennis Parady Kerouac Collection

Repository: University of Massachusetts Lowell, Center for Lowell History, Lowell, MA
Creator(s): Rex Dennis Parady
Title: Rex Dennis Parady Collection
Dates: 1950-1987
Extent: 2 boxes, 29 Monographs
Language(s): Collection materials are in English.

Scope and Content Note

The Rex Dennis Parady Collection consists of monographs, magazine articles, and ephemera.

Biographical Note

Rex Dennis Parady was born in Hartford MA August 22, 1916. He only completed 8th grade and was otherwise self-educated. After serving in the Army as a medic he worked at menial jobs until 1955 when he was be-friended by Tom Adams, the Curator of the Chapin Library at Williams College. Adams recognized his knowledge and talent and hired him to work on the Chapin’s collection of rare books. While living in Williamstown, Parady directed several plays at Williams and the Williamstown High School. He left the Chapin in 1961 to join the newly founded Merrimack Valley Textile Museum in North Andover, MA as their first librarian. He expanded the Museum's holdings and created a first class textile library including many rare book editions. After he left the MVTM, he worked in NYC in specializing in rare maps. He ended his professional life working again with Mr. Adams at the John Carter Brown Library of Brown University as a rare book librarian. He lived out his life in Providence, RI, exercising his considerable talents as a painter and photographer. Rex Dennis Parady died on March 10, 1989.

Arrangement, Access, and Donation Information

Access and Use

Phys. Access Restrictions: For security purposes, the Kerouac Reading Room is locked. Some materials are fragile and require special handling.
Reproduction and Use: These items are protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).
Researchers are reminded that it is their obligation to comply with copyright law when quoting, publishing, or otherwise using materials from the Center’s collections. Permission must be obtained from the holders of the copyright.


Custodial History: Collected by Rex Dennis Parady and obtained by George Stabler.
Acquisition History: Donated by George Stabler.
Conservation Notes: Some books have protective library dust covers.

Processing Information: Processed by Janine Whitcomb; updated by Erin Monahan, June 1, 2021.