Contents and Arrangement

Series 3: Administrative Files, 1966-1974

3 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Administrative files include a variety of information on accounts, expenses and banking, advertising and circulars, subscriptions and payments, grants and funding, printing fees and receipts, legal issues and registrations, and reprint agreements, that reflect the practical side of running a small magazine in England in the late 1960s. The series includes many financial documents and records that pertain to the magazine's funding and revenue sources, along with later materials that reflect the financial troubles that eventually brought Form to its end in 1969. Correspondence, bank statements, paying-in books, cancelled checks, and checkbooks for Philip Steadman's "Form Account" at the National Westminster Bank provide information about the magazine's income and expenses, as do invoices and receipts from printers and binders that Steadman worked with to produce the magazine.

Materials related to grants and funding include a 1966 letter from Philip Steadman to Gabriel White, of the Arts Council of Great Britain, explaining, in detail, his plans for Form and a copy of his Arts Council Application for Financial Aid for the 1970-1971 fiscal year, which was a last attempt to secure funding before closing the magazine. Reprint agreements with Xerox University Microfilms and Kraus Reprint Division are also present, along with advertising materials, including Philip Steadman's meticulous lists of bookshops, galleries, and libraries to be approached regarding advertising, as well as copies of Form circulars reminding subscribers to renew and providing news and updates. A large group of subscriptions from a variety of poets, artists, libraries, museums, and other individuals and groups interested in the magazine is also present. Subscriptions and related correspondence, sent following Form's last issue in 1969 are also present, and reflect readers' reactions to the magazine's demise. Many contain checks in payment for unrealized future issues, which were often donated by subscribers in order to cover the editors' losses.


Files in this series are arranged alphabetically by topic.

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 3: Administrative Files; Archives of Form Magazine, C1489, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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