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Allen Ginsberg-Fred Jordan collection

Call Number: MS P742


The collection consists of ten pieces of typescript, a signed contract for publishing and correspondence between Allen Ginsberg and Fred Jordan about Ginsberg's "Howl" and "Kral Majales." It also includes an annotated photocopy transcript of "Kral Majales."


  • Creation: 1965 - 1967


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biographies of Allen Ginsberg and Fred Jordan

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) was an American poet, founder with such individuals as Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs of the Beat Generation, and a prominent countercultural figure of the mid-20th century. One of his best-known poems, "Howl," was first published by City Lights Books in the 1956 collection Howl and Other Poems.

Fred Jordan discovered and published several 20th century authors with the Evergreen Review, including such individuals as Kathy Acker, Jakov Lind, Ch or Enrique Guevara, and Bertolt Brecht. He later became editorial director for Grove Press, and in 1989 he became publisher of Pantheon.


6 folders

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a contract and correspondence primarily between Allen Ginsberg and Evergreen Review editor Fred Jordan, regarding the publication of Ginsberg's "Howl" and "Kral Majales." "Howl" initially debuted in 1955 at the Six Gallery reading; "Kral Majales" was written in 1965 after Ginsberg was expelled from Cuba while working as a correspondent for the Evergreen Review. Letters include discussions with Chairman of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities to include "Kral Majales" in an annual literary anthology.

Physical Location

MS P742

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, 2013. Purchased with the assistance of the Buddy Taub Foundation.

Related Materials

Ginsberg collection, Literary Ephemera Manuscripts Collection, MS 59, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

American Poetry-20th Century Literary Ephemera collection, MS 15, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas (see folder G)

William S. Burroughs Collection, Literary Ephemera Manuscripts Collection, MS 63, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Guide to the Allen Ginsberg-Fred Jordan Collection
Allen Ginsberg-Fred Jordan collection
Finding aid prepared by eml, 2014; revised by mhr, 2015. Finding aid encoded by eml, 2014. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2019.
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Allen Ginsberg-Fred Jordan collection, MS P742, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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