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Free Lance Archive, 1965-1969 | MS Manuscripts

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Title: Free Lance Archive, 1965-1969Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1965-1969

ID: MS/MS/ms048

Primary Creator: Free Lance Magazine

Extent: 7.0

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of the extent records of Free Lance, which cover the years 1964-1969. 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 finding aid.

Collection Historical Note

Free Lance, published from 1963-1970 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.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

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[Series 1: Administrative and Organizational Materials],
[Series 2: Correspondence],
[Series 3: Manuscripts and Layout Materials],

Series 1: Administrative and Organizational MaterialsAdd to your cart.
This series consists of the memos, records, information that were necessary to begin publishing the magazine and keep it in circulation.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Mimeographed information dealing with how to start a campus publication, how to acquire funding. Policy statements. Policy for continued recognition.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Handouts advertising the magazine. Hand-written notes about printing costs. Examples of possible typescripts. Student applications for editorship.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Bank statements. Deposit slips.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Requests for checks. Quotations of printing costs. Washington University financial records showing amount in the Free Lance account.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Budget requests.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Miscellaneous administrative materials: magazine articles, contest announcements, letters addressed to Free Lance as an on-campus organization.Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Administrative and Organizational Materials],
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