Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Correspondence, 1966-1973

2 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series includes correspondence between Form coeditors Philip Steadman, Mike Weaver, and Stephen Bann, as well as a significant group of correspondence from over one hundred contributors and other individuals involved with the magazine to the editors of Form. Correspondents include many well-known visual artists, writers, concrete poets, art historians, translators, critical theorists, and architects, including Josef Albers, Roland Barthes, Augusto de Campos, Walter Gropius, Anselm Hollo, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Ernst Jandl, Charles Jencks, Standish Lawder, Frank J. Malina, Victor Pasmore, Roland Penrose, Frank Popper, Hans Richter, Paul de Vree, Pedro Xisto Pereira de Carvalho, and many others.

The variety of correspondents reflects the international nature of the magazine, which brought together the work of artists from across the world, who identified with the modernist aesthetic of the magazine. Correspondence between editors and contributors provides insights into the editorial processes of Form's editors and also highlights the interrelated and sometimes conflicting ties of the magazine to academia, the art world, and the avant-garde.


This series is arranged into two subseries: 1A: Editorial Correspondence and 1B: Magazine Correspondence.

Collection History


Nothing was removed from the collection during 2014 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in November 2014, with assistance from Kristine Gift. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in November 2014.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 1: Correspondence; Archives of Form Magazine, C1489, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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