The Free Lance Archive
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All Series Level Scope and Content Notes

Scope and Contents Note

The collection consists of the extent records of Free Lance, which cover the years 1964-69. The collection is interesting because several of the student contributors--including Michael Castro, Jon Dressel, Howard Schwartz, and Pamela White--have become prominent St. Louis poets in the years since the magazine ceased publication, and because such nationally-known poets and writers as George Abbe, Robert Bly, R.P. Dickey, Allen Ginsberg, Maxine Kumin, Thomas Merton, William Stafford, and Robert Sward contributed poems, translations, and interviews that were used in the later issues. In most cases the archive includes a copy of the manuscript that was submitted to the Free Lance editorial staff. Besides manuscripts of creative work, the archive includes correspondence to and from the Free Lance editorial board; among the correspondents are George Abbe, Allen Ginsberg, William Inman, Thomas Merton, Marianne Moore, Howard Nemerov. Only those manuscripts and letters written by well-known local or national figures are listed in the register.

The contents include: Ser.I. Administrative and organizational material; Ser. II. Correspondence; Ser. III. Manuscripts and layout materials, photoready copy, dummies, paste-up materials, Mss., artwork.


This series consists of the memos, records, information that were necessary to begin publishing the magazine and keep it in circulation.


This series consists of correspondence to and from the editorial staff of Free Lance between March 18, 1966-May 17, 1968, arranged chronologically. There is also a folder of undated correspondence which is arranged alpahbetically. Letters include over sixty to the editorial staff. These are concerned with editorial matters, submissions, finances. Also included are outgoing letters, mainly written by David Glanz and Barbara Ann Braveman, members of the editorial staff. Only incoming letters from significant correspondents are included in the inventory below.


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Management for Bob Dylan


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American singer/songwriter


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This series is divided into three subseries, which include manuscripts and layout materials from issues Vol. IV, No. 1 (Oct. 13, 1965) through Vol. VI, No. 2 (late fall, 1967); unpublished manuscripts associated with various issues; posters, artwork, and layout miscellany associated with various issues.

Negatives for various issues are located in oversize.