Finding-Aid for the Free Lance Archives (MSS048)


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Table of Contents

Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Institutional History

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions


Collection Outline

Series I. Administrative and organizational materials.

Series II. Correspondence.

Series III. Manuscripts and layout materials.

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Descriptive Summary

CreatorFree Lance Magazine
TitleThe Free Lance Archive
Quantity: ca. 845 items
Identification: MSS048

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Institutional History

Free Lance, published from 1963-70 by students and faculty members of Washington University, was a magazine devoted to the arts and to all kinds of writing. At first it printed mainly student and faculty work, including poems, stories, plays, however, in an attempt to diversify the magazine, the editors accepted poems, stories, and other creative work from nationally-known writers who were not directly involved with the university. The magazine began as a 2-3 page mimeographed newsletter; by the end, sometime 30-40 pages long, it was offset printed and included photography.

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Scope and Contents Note

The collection consists of the extent records of Free Lance, which cover the years 1964-69. The collection is interesting because several of the student contributors--including Michael Castro, Jon Dressel, Howard Schwartz, and Pamela White--have become prominent St. Louis poets in the years since the magazine ceased publication, and because such nationally-known poets and writers as George Abbe, Robert Bly, R.P. Dickey, Allen Ginsberg, Maxine Kumin, Thomas Merton, William Stafford, and Robert Sward contributed poems, translations, and interviews that were used in the later issues. In most cases the archive includes a copy of the manuscript that was submitted to the Free Lance editorial staff. Besides manuscripts of creative work, the archive includes correspondence to and from the Free Lance editorial board; among the correspondents are George Abbe, Allen Ginsberg, William Inman, Thomas Merton, Marianne Moore, Howard Nemerov. Only those manuscripts and letters written by well-known local or national figures are listed in the register.

The contents include: Ser.I. Administrative and organizational material; Ser. II. Correspondence; Ser. III. Manuscripts and layout materials, photoready copy, dummies, paste-up materials, Mss., artwork.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open.

Use Restrictions

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

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1/1-6

Series I. Administrative and organizational materials., (ca. 182 items.)

This series consists of the memos, records, information that were necessary to begin publishing the magazine and keep it in circulation.
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Mimeographed information dealing with how to start a campus publication, how to acquire funding. Policy statements. Policy for continued recognition., (21 items)
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Handouts advertising the magazine. Hand-written notes about printing costs. Examples of possible typescripts. Student applications for editorship., (30 items)
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1/3
Bank statements. Deposit slips., (31 items)
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Requests for checks. Quotations of printing costs. Washington University financial records showing amount in the Free Lance account., (50 items)
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Budget requests., (36 items)
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1/6
Miscellaneous administrative materials: magazine articles, contest announcements, letters addressed to Free Lance as an on-campus organization., (14 items)

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Box/folder
1/7-12.

Series II. Correspondence., (ca. 168 items.)

This series consists of correspondence to and from the editorial staff of Free Lance between March 18, 1966-May 17, 1968, arranged chronologically. There is also a folder of undated correspondence which is arranged alpahbetically. Letters include over sixty to the editorial staff. These are concerned with editorial matters, submissions, finances. Also included are outgoing letters, mainly written by David Glanz and Barbara Ann Braveman, members of the editorial staff. Only incoming letters from significant correspondents are included in the inventory below.
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Abbe, George,
American writer
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, 1967:
, Dec. 5 [card]
, 19 [card]
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, 1968:
, Jan. 29
, April 7
, 7 [card]
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Asimov, Isaac,
American writer
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, 1967:
, July 26
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Bly, Robert,
American poet
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, [n.d.]:
, 1 item
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Dickey, R.P.,
American poet
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, [n.d.]:
, 3 items
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Dressel, Jon,
St. Louis poet
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, 1967:
, April 18
, June 14
, July 17
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Dugan, Alan,
American poet
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, 1967:
, July 10
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Ginsberg, Allen,
American poet
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, 1967:
, Aug. 20
, Oct. 13 [card]
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Gold, Herbert,
American poet
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, [n.d.]:
, 1 item
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Grossman, Albert B.,
Management for Bob Dylan
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, 1967:
, Aug. 4
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Inman, William,
American writer
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, 1967:
, July 4
, Aug. 4
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Kennedy, X.J.,
American poet
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, 1967:
, July 12
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Kerr, Clark,
American writer
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, 1967:
, Aug. 3
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Kumin, Maxine,
American poet
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, 1967:
, Aug. 2 [note]
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Merton, Thomas,
American writer
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, 1967:
, July 6
, Oct. 19
, Nov. 6
, 9 [card]
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Moore, Marianne,
American poet
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, 1967:
, July
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Nemerov, Howard,
American poet
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, 1967:
, July 11
, Oct. 9
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Olson Charles,
American poet
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, ca 1967:
, Aug. 8
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Seeger, Pete,
American singer/songwriter
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, 1967:
, Sept. 10
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Stafford, William,
American poet
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, 1967:
, June 30
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Sward, Robert,
American poet
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, 1967:
, June 27

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2/13-17

Series III. Manuscripts and layout materials., (ca. 495 items.)

This series is divided into three subseries, which include manuscripts and layout materials from issues Vol. IV, No. 1 (Oct. 13, 1965) through Vol. VI, No. 2 (late fall, 1967); unpublished manuscripts associated with various issues; posters, artwork, and layout miscellany associated with various issues.
Negatives for various issues are located in oversize.
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III. 1. Manuscripts and layout materials for specific issues.,
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2/13.Photoready copy for Vol. IV, No. 1 , (Oct. 13, 1965) (1 item)
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2/14.Photoready copy for Vol. IV, No. 2 , (Nov. 10, 1965) (1 item)
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2/15.Photoready copy for Vol. IV, No. 3 , (Dec. 1965). (1 item)
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2/16.Photoready copy for Vol. IV, No. 4 , (Feb. 1966) (1 item)
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2/17.Photoready copy for Vol. IV, No. 5 , (March 1966) (1 item)
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3/18Includes poem by L.D. Brodsky, “Confinement,” and photoready copy for Vol. IV, No. 6 , (April 22/May 1, 1966) (2 items)
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3/19.Photoready copy for Vol. IV, No. 7 , (May 1966) (1 item)
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3/20.Photoready copy for Vol. V, No. 3 , (March 1967) (1 item)
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4/21.Manuscripts submitted for Vol. V, No. 3 , (March 1967).
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Significant contributions include R.P. Dickey, “Academic Fable” [poem], Ts. [photo]. 1 1/2 pp. Annelise Mertz, “Dance Discussion” [essay], Ts. [photo], 4 pp; Howard Schwartz, “After the Wedding [story], Ts. [photo], 12 pp., “Letter to Julie” [poem], Ts. 1 p., “Night” [poem], Ts., 1 p., (28 items)
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4/22.Manuscripts submitted for Vol. V, No. 3 Dummies for issue. Some layout materials., (March 1967).
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Significant contributions include Howard Schwartz, et.al. “An Interview with Theodore von Laue” Ts. 17 pp., Pamela White “Speculation” [poem] Ts. 1 p., “Mona Van Duyn” [essay] Ts. 4 pp. w/revisions by author., (19 items)
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4/23.Photoready copy for Vol. V, No. 4 Also includes notes about contributors and lists of what will be contained in issue. Also, 2 copies of this issue containing the auto. notes, comments, and corrections of the editor's., (May 1967). (12 items.)
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4/24.Manuscripts used for Vol. V, No. 4 , (May 1967).
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Significant contributions include Jon Dressel “Reflections on a Halted Countdown” [poem] Ts. and Ts. [photo], 3 pp. each, “The word for `Grave' in Welsh is `Bed”' [poem] Ts. and Ts. [photo], 3 pp. each; Howard Schwartz “Above the Current” [poem] Ts. 1 p., “Dream visit” [poem] Ts. 1 p., (23 items)
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4/25.Photoready copy for Vol. VI, No. 1 Includes newspaper and magazine clippings related to the issue, a photograph of Allen Ginsberg at Wash. U., dummies, layout material., (Fall 1967). (7 items)
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5/26.Manuscripts submitted for Vol. VI, No. 1 No significant contributors., (Fall 1967). (24 items)
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5/27.Manuscripts submitted for Vol. VI, No. 1 , (Fall 1967)
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Significant contributions include George Abbe, “The Meat” [poem] Ts. [photo] & Ts. [ditto] 1 p. each; John Dressel “I Dream of the Angle of Death in Kansas City” [poem] Ts. and Ts. [photo] 2 pp. each; Allen Ginsberg “Free Lance Interview with Allen Ginsberg” Ts. w/editor's corrections, Ts. [carbon] w/further editorial corrections, Ts. and Ts. [photo] w/auto. corrections and end note by Ginsberg each version 16 pp.; William Inman “affirmation” [poem] Ts. 1 p.; X.J. Kennedy “Cross Ties” [poem] Ts. [photo] 1 p.; Thomas Merton “Newscast” [poem] Ts. [carbon] and Ts. [photo] 3 pp. each., (19 items)
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5/28.Photoready copy for Vol. VI, No. 2 pages 1-24. Includes worksheets and layout materials, dummies, handwritten notes., (Winter 1967-68), (9 items)
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5/29.Photoready copy for Vol. VI, No. 2 pages 24-end). Includes handwritten notes and layout material., (Winter 1967-68), (2 items)
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5/30.Manuscripts submitted for Vol. VI, No. 2 No significant contributions., (Winter 1967-68). (9 items)
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6/31.Manuscripts submitted for Vol. VI, No. 2 Significant contributions include Michael Castro “Figura” [poem] Ts. [carbon] and Ts. [photo] 3 pp. each; “Her” [poem] Ts. [carbon] and Ts. [photo] 2 pp. each; Jon Dressel “Twilight Strollers” [poem] Ts. and Ts. [photo] 2 pp., (Winter 1967-68). (34 items)
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6/32.Manuscripts submitted for Vol. VI, No. 2 Significant contributions include Michael Castro “Bright's Wife (A Madman's Tale)” [story] Ts. [carbon] 14 pp, edited version of same Ts. [photo] 13 -p.; R.P. Dickey “It is No Overt Sorcery” [poem] Ts. and Ts. [photo] 2 pp. each; Juan Ramon Jimenez “Untitled” [poem] trans. Robert Bly Ts. [carbon] and Ts. [photo] of both Spanish and English versions, each 1 p., “Who Knows” [poem] trans. Robert Bly Ts. [carbon] and Ts. [photo] of both Spanish and English versions, each 1 p.; Maxine Kumin “The Light in Indiana” [poem] Ts. and Ts. [photo] 1 p.; William Stafford “From the Writing Workshop” [poem] Ts. and Ts. [photo] 2 pp.; Robert Sward “Rock with Hands, Light with Hands” [poem] Ts. [carbon] and Ts. [photo] 1 p., “Poem” Ts. [carbon] and Ts. [photo]., (Winter 1967-68). (24 items)
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6/33.Manuscripts submitted for Vol. VI, No. 2 No significant contributions., (Winter 1967-68). (4 items)
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III. 2. Unpublished manuscripts from various issues.,
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6/34-35.Manuscripts rejected or unused, arranged alphabetically. Significant contributions include George Abbe “Pretense” [poem] Ts [carbon] 1 p.; Michael Castro “Eagle” [poem] Ts. [carbon] 1 p. “The Self” [poem] auto., 1 p., “Something's Happening Here: Sunday, 1967” [poem] Ts. [carbon] 3 pp.; R.P. Dickey “Lecture on Romanticism” [poem] Ts. [carbon 1 pp., “Pollenosis [poem] Ts. w/auto. corrections by author 2 pp.; Jon Dressel “Concerto for Old Salesman and Stainless Steel Ensemble” [poem] Ts. 3 pp., “On the Death of God, or Take Off Your Clothes and Sing” [poem] Ts. 6 pp., “Zealous Voices” [poem] Ts. [photo] 2 pp., “ `Zoot' Reed is Dead” [poem] Ts. 2 pp., “Soul” [poem] trans. of a poem by Harry Gene Burrus auto. and Ts. 1 p., “Portrait” [poem] Ts. 1 p., “Vertigo” [poem] auto. 1 p., “Conffined” [poem] Ts. 1 p., “Bargain” [poem] Ts. 1 p., “Sphinz” [poem] Ts. w/author's corrections 1 p., “Englynion” [poem] Ts. 2 pp., “Still Life” [poem] Ts. 1 p.; William Inman “Time Does Not Stop for Us” [poem] Ts. 1 p., “Excerpts from Kauri 108” [poem] Ts. 1 p., “Death: Underside of Life, a Kaurian View” [poem] Ts. 7 pp.; Charles Olson “Untitled” [poems] Ts. 1 p; Robert Sward “Pacific Coast Highway” [poem] Ts. 1 p.; Pamela White “To a Cross of Worlds” [poem] Ts. 4 pp. Also includes one poem published in Free Lance Vol. VII, No. 1 R.P. Dickey “Vision” Ts. [photo] 2 pp., (Nov. 1967) (Nov. 1967) (May 7, 1967) (June 7, 1967) (Jan. 23, 24, 1966) (June 1967) (Spring 1969) (27 items)
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6/36.Miscellaneous unused or rejected manuscripts from various issues., (27 items)
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7/37.Unpublished manuscript of interview with Howard Nemerov “Interview with Howard Nemerov” transcribed from tape. Ts. and Ts. [carbon] and auto. 10 pages each., Oct. 4, 1966, (3 items)
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7/38.Unpublished interview with an unknown person. Unknown interviewer., n.d.. (3 items)
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III. 3. Manuscripts and layout materials (miscellany),
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7/39.Unpublished, unused artwork submitted to Free Lance, poster advertisements. One large poster is filed separately., (5 items)
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7/40.Pen and ink sketches, editorials in camera ready copy, mimeographed information sheets, an interview with Charles Koen, Prime Minister of the National Black Liberators, published in Free Lance Vol. VII, No. 1 , (Spring 1969) (53 items)

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