The New York Times reports:
The New York Public Library is expected to announce today that it has purchased the Burroughs archive for its Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature. The acquisition will make the Berg Collection, which also includes Kerouac’s literary and personal archive, perhaps the premier institution for the study of the Beats.
New York Times: Public Library Buys a Trove of Burroughs Papers
March 3, 2006 at 1:15 pm
“Most of the material in the archive from the 1960’s and 70’s has never been seen, except by Burroughs and his contemporaries.
In addition, the archive includes typescripts and manuscripts for numerous unpublished works, which Burroughs organized by date or subject matter or whim into numbered folios, or folders; some 3,000 pages of highly personal literary and artistic correspondence, collages, dream calendars, diaries, notebooks, more than 50 hours of unreleased tape recordings and hundreds of photographs by and of Burroughs, who died in 1997.”
Maybe an aspiring researcher/writer could put together a kind of “best of” anthology of these unpublished works? I would buy it. This is exciting news.