From Auraria's Archives: Allen Ginsberg's Postcards to Ed White

Before he restored landmarks like the Molly Brown House, Ninth Street Historic Park and Four Mile House Historic Park, and designed some landmarks of his own, architect Ed White was a student at Columbia, where he met many of the people who would become famous figures of the Beat generation, including Jack Kerouac, who turned White into Tim Gray in On the Road, and iconic poet Allen Ginsberg. White had already met Neal Cassady before Columbia; both he and Cassady are East High School alumni.

White and Ginsberg maintained a relationship that spanned decades, as evidenced by postcards from Ginsberg that are now in Auraria's collection of White's papers.

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