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The Guide to Once: A One Shot Magazine Archive
1966-1967  MSS 20 MSS.020

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Once
Title: Once: A One Shot Magazine Archive
Dates [inclusive]: 1966-1967
Abstract: The Once and Etc. Archive consists of correspondence with and manuscripts sent to Once's editor and contributor, Tom Clark. The collection includes material from noted writers and figures, including: Allen Ginsberg, Gerard Malanga, Robert Creeley and George Plimpton.
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet (1 box)
Call Phrase: MSS.020

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Historical/Biographical Note:

The Once and Etc. Archive is a collection of correspondence with Tom Clark, 1941- who edited the poetry magazine sometimes called: A One Shot Magazine. Though that title was carried through in other issues, the magazine, which was called "Once" once, was published under different names every issue (except where noted): Twice, Thrice, Thrice and a 1/2, Frice, Ice, Nice, Vice, Slice (two issues had this title), and Spice.

In the 1960's, Tom Clark, whose long and varied career includes forays into poetry, fiction, play writing, and biography, edited the 11 issue run of this poetry magazine as well as the higher profiled, Paris Review. At the time of this collection's creation, Clark, an American born in Chicago
, was in England
where he and Allen Ginsberg had come in the early 1960's to hitchhike.

The One Shot Magazine and various named decedents was a 37 cm., illustrated, and low budget enterprise where the content reflected its unorthodox appellations. Its contributors included a number notable writers and figures 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]
  • A One Shot Magazine. Brightlingsea England : T. Clark, [1966]. Vol. 1, no. 1.

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Scope and Content Note

The Once and Etc. Archive is a part of the Avant Garde Collection at the Fales Library, New York University and it consists of correspondence with its editor, Tom Clark.

Included also are manuscripts submitted to Clark for inclusion in the magazine. The Once and Etc. Archive's correspondence and manuscripts originate from many notable poets and literati of the period, including: Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Ed Sanders, Gerard Malangra, among many others (see container list).


Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject/author heading.

The files are grouped into one series.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Correspondence

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Caravalo, Joseph, 1934-
  • Clark, Tom, 1941-
  • Creeley, Robert, 1926-2005
  • Di Prima, Diane
  • Dine, Jim, 1935-
  • Malanga, Gerard
  • Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997
  • Sanders, Ed
  • Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992
  • Acconci, Vito, 1940-
  • Berrigan, Ted
  • Wieners, John, 1934-2002
  • Plimpton, George

Document Type

  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Postcards.
  • Correspondence.

Subject Topics

  • Small presses -- England -- Brightlingsea.
  • Poets, American -- 20th century
  • Publishers and publishing -- England -- Brightlingsea.
  • Authors, American -- 20th century
  • Literature, Modern -- 20th century.
  • Literature, Experimental
  • American poetry |y 20th century.

Subject Places

  • Brightlingsea (England).

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Administrative Information


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

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 Once and Etc. Archive; MSS 020; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections
, New York University Libraries.

Separated Material

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

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Container List

Series I: Correspondence

Scope and Contents note

The series is contained in one box and materials are arranged alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence from: Acconci, Vito Hanibal-
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence from: Benedikt, Michael
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence from: Berkson, Bill
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence from: Berrigan, Ted
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence from: Boyle, Kay
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence from: Brautigan, Richard
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence from: Brodey, Jim
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence from: Brownstein, Michael
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence from: Carroll, Paul
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence from: Ceravolo, Joseph
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence from: Creeley, Robert
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence from: Dawson, Fielding
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence from: Dine, Jim; di Prima, Diane
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Correspondence from: Dorn, Edward; Eigner, Larry; Elmslie, Kenward
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Correspondence from: Fainlight, Larry
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Correspondence from: Gallup, Dick
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Correspondence from: Ginsberg, Allen
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Correspondence from: Giorno, John
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Correspondence from: Guest, Barbara; Hall, Donald
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Correspondence from: Harwood, Lee
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Correspondence from: Jones, Leroi; Kaplan, Allan
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Correspondence from: Koch, Kenneth
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Correspondence from: Lamantia, Philip; MacAdams, Lewis
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Correspondence from: Malanga, Gerard
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Correspondence from: Matthews, Harry
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Correspondence from: Mayer, Bernadette; Niedecker, Lorine
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Correspondence from: Pelieu, Claude
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Correspondence from: Perreault, John
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Correspondence from: Plimpton, George; Sanders, Ed
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Correspondence from: Schjeldahl, Peter
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Correspondence from: Shapiro, David
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Correspondence from: Torregian, Sotere
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Correspondence from: Towle, Tony
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Correspondence from: Veitch, Tom
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Correspondence from: Waldman, Anne
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Correspondence from: Warsh, Lewis
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Correspondence from: Wieners, John
Box: 1 Folder : 38 Correspondence from: Unidentified

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