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."
- 1965 - 1967
- Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997 (Person)
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.
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchase, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, 2013. Purchased with the assistance of the Buddy Taub Foundation.
- 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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- Preferred citation
Allen Ginsberg-Fred Jordan collection, MS P742, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.