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Barry Farrell collection on Allen Ginsberg

Call Number: MS 59


Contains materials compiled by Barry Farrell for a Life article about Allen Ginsberg and his visit to Lawrence, Kansas and the University of Kansas. Includes typescript and manuscript notes; drafts; transcriptions of interviews with Allen Ginsberg and his partner, Peter Orlovsky; and a biography about Ginsberg and his philosophy.


  • Creation: 1966


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Barry Farrell (1935-1984)

Barry Farrell graduated from the University of Washington in 1956 and became a reporter for The Seattle Post-Inteligencer. He joined Time as a correspondent in San Franscisco in 1960. While at Time, Farrell worked as a music writer in New York, and later, as a correspondent in Paris. In 1968, Farrell joined Life, a sister publication of Time, as a columnist.

[Taken from Barry Farrell's obituary.]

Biography of Irwin Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

Allen Ginsberg was an American poet and prominent social activist and countercultural figure of the mid-20th century. With such individuals as Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, Ginsberg was one of the founders of the Beat Generation.

In 1956, Ginsberg published Howl and Other Poems which features "Howl," one of his best-known poems and a seminal work of the Beat Generation. Ginsberg went on to publish numerous collections of poetry and essays, including Kaddish and Other Poems (1961), Reality Sandwiches (1963), Planet News: Poems, 1961-1967 (1968), The Fall of America: Poems of These States (1973), Mind Breaths (1978), White Shroud Poems: 1980-1985 (1986), Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems, 1968-1992, and posthumously, Death and Fame: Poems, 1993-1997 and Deliberate Prose: Selected Essays, 1952-1995.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)

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Physical Location

MS 59

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Barry Farrell, 1966.

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Barry Farrell collection on Allen Ginsberg, MS 59, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States