Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 1B: Magazine Correspondence, 1966-1973

2 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This subseries includes correspondence from various contributors, subscribers, and collaborators, regarding the publication of Form and related projects. Correspondence is primarily addressed to Philip Steadman, although some letters are addressed to other editors or to the magazine in general.

Of note are extensive communications from collaborators, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Simon Cutts, regarding the magazine's balance of its sometimes conflicting academic and avant-garde leanings, as well as from Charles Biederman, to whom Form 3 was largely dedicated. Also notable is a letter from Brazilian concrete poet Augusto de Campos to Philip Steadman, giving directions as to the production of Campos's "cubepoem" multiple, a copy of which is present in the collection's editorial files, as well as a group of correspondence and related material from David Lyle (1899-1973), an eccentric American engineer and friend of the poet William Carlos Williams, known for his sprawling newsletter-like compositions, some of which are included in the collection.

A group of correspondence from a variety of contributors and subscribers expressing their condolences and disappointment following the demise of Form in late 1969 is also present, following the alphabetical correspondence, and includes letters from French literary theorist Roland Barthes, Bauhaus artist Xanti Schawinksy, poet and New Directions editor James Laughlin, and Fluxus artist Dick Higgins, among others.


Correspondence files are arranged alphabetically by last name of sender, followed by topical correspondence regarding the magazine's demise.

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:

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

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Storage Note:
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