In The Stacks: William Burroughs Through the Lens of Allen Ginsberg January 25, 2014 – Posted in: In the Stacks, Photography, Special Collections

William Burroughs in front of sphinx

William Burroughs in front of sphinx at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. 1953.


For this installment of In the Stacks we visit the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto and their fabulous collection of Allen Ginsberg’s photographs.  With almost 8,000 prints the collection is the largest repository of photographs by Allen Ginsberg in the world.

William Burroughs at typewriter

William Burroughs at typewriter fixing Yage Letters typescript, E 7th street, NY. 1953

And with 2014 being the 100th anniversary of the birth of fellow beat icon William Burroughs what better than a selection of photographs spanning almost 40 years of their seminal relationship.

William Burroughs with lighter and cigaretteWilliam Burroughs with lighter and cigarette. 1984
William Burroughs, The Bunker, NYCWilliam Burroughs, The Bunker, NYC (Husker Du, hands together). 1987
William Burroughs signing Western LandsWilliam Burroughs signing Western Lands. 1987
William Burroughs sitting on sofa William Burroughs sitting on sofa in garden. 1991



many more Burroughs images here

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library’s photosets with additional Ginsberg photos and other digital collections.

Previously on In The Stacks:
Leslie Jones at the Boston Public Library
The Getty Museum opens up
The Tokyo Sightseeing Photo Club
First Visit to The New Digital Library of America
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Playing Cards at the Beinecke
National Library of Ireland
The Astor Free Library at the NYPL
Women’s Travel Diaries at Duke University
Charles Darwin’s Library
The National Archives
Columbia  University, From Homer to Howl
Private Libraries at the Museum of the City of New York
Los Angeles Public Library
Boston Public Library

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