2000+ audio cassettes from Allen Ginsberg collection now streaming from SearchWorks

July 18, 2017
Geoff Willard
Ginsberg cassette image

Ginsberg comes up fairly often in this blog (e.g. Rebecca Wingfield's recent post about "Howl" going up online), but the release of over 2000+ audio cassette recordings to SearchWorks is truly another cause for celebration. These recordings represent a staggering amount of primary source material associated with the Beat Generation, the bulk of which date from the 1970s to 1990s. Once the open reel recordings and videos are completed, we'll have one of the most comprehensive recorded outputs from a single cultural figure available for the whole world to access.

The full list of items can be found here. Here's an afternoon breakfast table conversation between William Burroughs and Ginsberg to get you started. 

A huge thanks to everyone involved who helped make these recordings available: the Allen Ginsberg Estate, the Stanford Media Preservation Lab, and the department of Special Collections