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[Bill Morgan photograph collection of Beat Generation writers].
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[Bill Morgan photograph collection of Beat Generation writers]


Morgan, Bill, 1949-, creator, creator.


Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997, photographer.


Frank, Robert, 1924-2019, photographer.


Kaplan, Sid, photographer.


Kaplan, Sid, printer.


Portraits by Allen Ginsberg of various writers and other figures associated with the Beat Generation or other spheres of Ginsberg's activities: Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Neil Cassady, Gregory Corso, Dalai Lama, Gelek Rimpoche, Elsa Dorfman, Robert Frank and June Leaf. Also includes a portrait of Ginsberg by Robert Frank, and a scene of boys diving off a pier in New York City by Sid Kaplan. 1: "Jack Kerouac, S.P. railroad brakeman's rule-book in pocket, visiting W.S. Burroughs then editing Yage Letters, on fire escape ... my apartment 206 East 7th St. Manhattan, probably September 1953. [signed] Allen Ginsberg." Pencil annotation on back: "1953, 16/148, printed by Sid Kaplan." Stamped on back: "Photograph by Allen Ginsberg. Copyright 1994 NYC ..." 2: "Jack Kerouac and Bill Burroughs locked in mortal combat ... 206 East 7th Street, Apt. 16, fall 1953, New York. [signed] Allen Ginsberg." Pencil annotation on back: "1953. 18/162; signed 3/14/95 AG." 3: "William S. Burroughs on roof 206 East 7th Street NYC ... Fall 1953 composing mss. Yage Letters & Queer. [signed] Allen Ginsberg." Pencil annotation on back: #23/220, 1953." 4: "Neal Cassady and his love that year Natalie Jackson ... San Francisco March 1955. [signed] Allen Ginsberg." Pencil annotation on back: "Signed 5/30/96. AG." 5: "Jack Kerouac yawning on D.M.T. I'd brought back from Millbrook. Circa 1964 the last time he visited my apartment 704 East 5th Street Lower East Side Manhattan ... [signed] Allen Ginsberg." Pencil annotation on back: "1964. 68/1549." 6: Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky. Annotations on back: "One of 3 alternative photos received from Robert Frank March 14, 1984. Return to Allen Ginsberg."; "OK prints. [signed] R.F." 7: Gelek Rimpoche. 8: Gelek Rimpoche 9: Gregory Corso. 10: Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso). 11: Elsa Dorfmann. 12: Robert Frank and June Leaf. 13: Boys diving off pier, New York City; signed by Sid Kaplan; taken early 1950s


1953 (issued)


Kerouac, Jack -- 1922-1969 -- Portraits
Burroughs, William S -- 1914-1997 -- Portraits
Cassady, Neal -- Portraits
Ginsberg, Allen -- 1926-1997 -- Portraits
Frank, Robert -- 1924-2019 -- Portraits
Leaf, June -- 1929- -- Portraits
Rimpoche, Gelek -- Portraits
Dorfman, Elsa -- Portraits
Corso, Gregory -- Portraits
Dalai Lama XIV -- Bstan-╩╝dzin-rgya-mtsho -- 1935- -- Portraits
Dalai Lama XIV -- Bstan-╩╝dzin-rgya-mtsho -- 1935-
Burroughs, William S -- 1914-1997
Cassady, Neal
Corso, Gregory
Dorfman, Elsa
Frank, Robert -- 1924-2019
Ginsberg, Allen -- 1926-1997
Kerouac, Jack -- 1922-1969
Leaf, June -- 1929-


Title devised by cataloger.
Collected by Bill Morgan.
Photographed by Allen Ginsberg (:1-:5, :7-:12), Robert Frank (:6) and Sid Kaplan (:13). Photograph nos. 1-5 include hand-written captions by Ginsberg printed in negative below images. Photograph nos. 7-11 include Ginsberg's stamp on back: "Copy photo. Allen Ginsberg P.O. Box 582 Stuyvesant Station N.Y., N.Y. 10009 ... Credit (c) Allen Ginsberg, Courtesy of Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles." Some photographs include other pencil annotations on back by Ginsberg, Kaplan and/or Frank
Per donor, most if not all photographs are printed by Sid Kaplan.
Gift ; Of Bill Morgan ; 2019.
Bill Morgan photograph collection of Beat Generation writers, BANC PIC 2019.047, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.



Physical Description:

13 photographs in 12 folders and 1 oversize folder : gelatin silver prints ; 51 x 41 cm or smaller