Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 1A: Editorial Correspondence, 1966-1969

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This subseries solely contains correspondence from Form coeditors Mike Weaver and Stephen Bann to principal editor Philip Steadman, who retained their letters with the magazine's archives. Letters from Weaver span the entire existence of the magazine from 1966 to 1969, and reflect the anxieties and tensions, particularly regarding finances, surrounding the project to which Steadman and Weaver were deeply committed. Letters from Bann, who was also involved with the magazine from its start, span from 1967 until Form's end in late 1969. Correspondence touches on a variety of editorial concerns, including financial matters such as securing grants and funding, relationships with contributors and subscribers, individual changes to various issues of Form, as well as general conversations regarding the overall direction and aesthetic of the magazine.


Correspondence is arranged by editor, then chronologically.

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

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