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Guide to the Lines Archive
(Bulk 1964-1965)  MSS.016

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lines (New York, N.Y.)
Title: Lines (New York, N.Y.) Archive
Dates [inclusive]: 1963-1965
Abstract: The Lines Archive consists of correspondence with and manuscripts sent to its editor, Aram Saroyan. The collection includes original poetry and correspondence from noted writers.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
Call Phrase: MSS.016

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Historical/Biographical Note:

Aram Saroyan published, edited, sometimes illustrated and contributed to Lines which was a poetry magazine that existed for six issues from Sept. 1964- Nov. 1965. The son of writer and playwright, William Saroyan, the younger Saroyan's career as a poet was established in the early 1960's, and his one-word poem "lighght" won a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Award. His published work in poetry, fiction and non-fiction has spanned the last forty years.

Lines was a 28 cm., black and white, stapled edition which was published somewhat irregularly over its 2-year existence at .75 cents/issue. Covers featured black and white illustrations, and one issue includes photos of contributors, some of which may be of the persons listed in their captions, others obviously are not. It favored poetry that tended toward the free form and period experimental styles, and its contributors included many noted poets of the time.

Note: Copies of the magazine are not part of this archive but are available in the Fales Collection.


  • Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2001. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: The Gale Group. 2002. (http://www.galenet.com/servlet/BioRC)
  • Lines. New York : Aram Saroyan. No. 1 (Sept. 1964)-no. 6 (Nov. 1965). 6 v.; ill.; 28 cm. (ISSN: 0459-4533; LCCN: sn 85-60392).

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Scope and Content Note

The Lines Archive is a part of the Avant Garde Collection at the Fales Library, New York University. The collection consists of correspondence with the editor of Lines, Aram Saroyan. The tone of much of the communication is informal and animated, and postcards and envelopes accompany some of the correspondence.

Included also are manuscripts submitted to Saroyan for inclusion in the magazine. The Lines Archive's correspondence and manuscripts, some of which is handwritten, originate from many notable poets and writers of the period, including: Vito Acconci, Robert Creeley, Robert Kelly, Frank O'Hara, Peter Schjeldahl, John Sinclair, and Phil Whalen, among many others (see container list).


Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject/author heading then chronologically within each subject/author heading..

The files are grouped into one series.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Correspondence

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Whalen, Philip
  • Zukofsky, Louis, 1904-1978
  • Acconci, Vito, 1940-
  • Berrigan, Ted, 1934-
  • Bayes, Ronald H., 1932-
  • Creeley, Robert, 1926-2005
  • Coolidge, Clark, 1939-
  • Kelly, Robert, 1935-
  • Dawson, Fielding, 1930-2002
  • Randall, Margaret, 1936-
  • Lopate, Phillip, 1943-
  • Veitch, Thomas
  • Saroyan, Aram

Document Type

  • Little magazines.
  • Postcards.
  • Correspondence.
  • Poetry.
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Manuscripts for publication.

Subject Organizations

  • Lines (New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Periodical editors -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Nineteen sixties.
  • American literature |y 20th century.
  • Periodical editors -- United States -y 20th century -v Biography.
  • Poets, American -- 20th century
  • Authors, American -- 20th century
  • American poetry |y 20th century.
  • Little maga-ines -- United States.
  • Publishers and publishing -- United States -v Correspondence.
  • Authors and publishers -- United States -x History -y 20th century.
  • Poets, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
  • Small presses -- United States -- History.
  • Poetry, Modern |y 20th century.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Use Restrictions

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Lines Archive; MSS 016; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections
, New York University Libraries.

Related Material at the Fales Library and Special Collections

C: A Journal of Poetry Archive

Separated Material

There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.


Collection was purchased by Fales Library; the date and vendor are unrecorded.

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Container List

Series I: Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence from: Acconci, Vito H.; Anderson, Jack; Bayes, Ronald.
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence from: Berrigan, Ted; Bialy, Harvey; Bogue, Richard.
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence from: Bookstores.
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence from: Brainard, Joseph; Brodey, James.
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence from: Caplan, Richard; Ceravolo, Joe; Clark, Tom.
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence from: Cohen, Robert David; Collins, Jess; Corman, Cid.
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence from: Coolidge, Clark; Crabtree, Lee; Creeley, Robert.
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence from: Cull, David; Dawson, Cara B.; Dawson, Fielding.
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence from: Deutch, Richard; Dewey, Ken; Dodd, Bill.
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence from: Dorn, Edward; Duerdon, Richard; Duncan, Robert.
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence from: Elmslie, Kenward; Fernbach-Flarsheim, Carl; Filler, John W.
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence from: Finlay, Ian Hamilton; Forrest, Michael; Fowler, Eugene.
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence from: Furnival, John; Gale, Vi; Gilbert, Joan; Giorno, John.
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Correspondence from: Goodell, Larry; Gordon, Ruth; Gorham, John.
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Correspondence from: Greene, Johathan; Greenwald, Ted; Grenier, Bob.
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Correspondence from: Guenther, Charles; Harwood, Lee; Heagy, Leith.
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Correspondence from: Henderson, David; Hiatt, Ben; Hilton, Jeremy; Hirschfield, Al.
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Correspondence from: Hitchcock, George; Hogg, Bob; Hornick, Lita; Irby, Kenneth.
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Correspondence from: Kanin, Garson; Katona, Stefan; Katzman, Allen.
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Correspondence from: Kelly, Robert; Klein, Richard; Knorr, Albert Scofield
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Correspondence from: Kretz, Thomas; Lago, E.; Lax, Robert; Levy, D.A.
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Correspondence from: Library of Congres; Little Magazine.
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Correspondence from: Lopate, Phillip; Macadams, Lewis; McKain, David; Malanga, Gerald.
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Correspondence from: Mariah, Paul; Mayer, Bernadette; Mendelson, Chaim; Micheline, Jack.
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Correspondence from: Niedecker, Lorine; O'Hara, Frank; Olson, Charles; Oppen, George.
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Correspondence from: Padgett, Ronald; Perreault, John.
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Correspondence from: Pollack, Sydney; Prynne, Jeremy; Rago, Henry.
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Correspondence from: Randall, Margaret; Rothenberg, Jerome; Rubenstein, Ed.
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Correspondence from: Sandberg, David; San Juan, Epifanio; Saroyan, William; Saxon, Dan.
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Correspondence from: Schjeldahl, Peter; Shayer, Michael; Sherry, Helen Luster.
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Correspondence from: Silverton, Michael; Sinclair, John; Sloman, Joel.
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Correspondence from: Sorrentino, Gilbert; Sourian, Peter; Tagliabue, John.
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Correspondence from: Thomas, Lorenzo; Tlaloc, Avan; Towle, Tony.
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Correspondence from: Tucker, Harvey; Veitch, Thomas.
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Correspondence from: Wagner, Linda; Washington, Irving; Waterfield, Rubin.
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Correspondence from: Whalen, Philip; Williams, Johathan; Zukofsky, Louis.

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