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Jack Kerouac

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Jack Kerouac's childhood friends nicknamed him "Memory Babe" in recognition of his superior ability to recall facts and statistics, particularly with regard to baseball numbers. The "Memory Babe Archive" was created by Gerald Nicosia while he was researching and writing his 1983 book called, Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac.

The Memory Babe Archive consists of cassette tapes, letters and other miscellaneous documents and memorilbilia. Nicosia sold the archive in 1987 for $7,500 to the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Massachusetts. In 1995 acccess to the archive by scholars and researchers was restricted by the library. There is some controversy with regard to the nature of and reasons for those restrictions but they go against the wishes of Nicosia who wants them open, and available for use. Nicosia has tried to remove the imposed restrictions and/or to get the archive out of the hands of the University of Massachusetts. As of this writing, Nicosia and the University are engaged in legal proceedings regarding the fate of the Memory Babe Archive.

As far as we know this is the first catalog of the contents of the archive on the Internet. The Catalog's contents are derived from an original contents listing of the archive created by Nicosia. The Cosmic Baseball Research Alliance purchased that listing in 1999 for $20. We appreciate Mr. Nicosia's permission to publish the contents of the Memory Babe Archive.

At Mr. Nicosia's request we must state that the contents of the archive may not be reproduced without the express permission of Mr. Nicosia who retains the listing's copyright. Mr. Nicosia can be reached at the following email address: or at the following surface mail address: PO Box 130, Corte Madera CA 94976-0130.

The content listing of the Memory Babe Archive is Copyright © 2001 by Gerald Nicosia.

----- Original Message -----
From: Gerald Nicosia
To: the Cosmic Baseball Association
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2001 2:27 PM
Subject: RE: Memory Babe Archive

I filed the lawsuit in September [2001] against the University of Massachusetts, demanding that they allow me to make copies of all my interview tapes, based on my copyright in the tapes. The university has announced that it will oppose me completely and they are in the process of filing their opposition.

All the tapes and tape transcriptions, except for about 5 for which they have releases, including Ginsberg's, are inaccessible to everyone including me, and I am deeply concerned about the condition and listenability of the tapes.

Please put a copyright © 2001 by Gerald Nicosia notice on it and state that it cannot be reproduced elsewhere without getting permission from me--you can list my email address as and my mailing address as PO Box 130, Corte Madera CA 94976-0130.

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JCBA No. 20- Memoray Babe Archive
Published: December 15, 2001
Copyright © 2001 by the Cosmic Baseball Association