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Black Sun Archive

Call Number



1965-1969, inclusive


Black Sun (Brooklyn, N.Y.)


0.5 Linear Feet in 1 manuscript box.

Language of Materials

Material in English.


The Black Sun Archive is a collection of correspondence and manuscripts sent to the poetry magazine, Black Sun which was edited by poet, Harvey Tucker.

Historical Note:

Black Sun was a small, avant-garde literary magazine published in Brooklyn, New York from 1965-1969. It was edited by Harvey Tucker who at the time was also active writing and publishing poetry. Since 1969, Tucker and his wife, Linda, have run Black Sun Books (157 East 57th, NY), dealing in rare books and manuscripts. Contributors to Black Sun included Diane Wakoski, Ben Hiatt, Richard Morris, Barbara Holland, David Antin, Elizabeth Ritchie, Alice Ransom, Hugh Fox, and Duane Locke, among many others.


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

The files are grouped into two series.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Correspondence
  2. Series II: Manuscripts

Scope and Content Note

The Black Sun Archive is a part of the Avant Garde Collection at Fales Library, New York University. The Avant Garde Collection comprises printed materials, archives, and other materials related to the avant-garde writing from the 1960s and early 1970s. The collection was built during that period by curators, including Mel Edelstein and Ted Grieder.

The collection consists of correspondence, typescripts and leaflets. The majority of the correspondence, which is in the form of letters, postcards and invitations, is from many notable poets to the editor of Black Sun, Harvey Tucker. Amongst the noteworthy correspondents are Hugh Fox, Ben Hiatt, Duane Locke, Richard Morris, Barbara Holland, David Antin, Elizabeth Ritchie, and Alice Ransom. The typescripts include those for publication in Volume 1, No. 1 through Volume 2, No. 3. In addition, there are typescripts of the writings of Harvey Tucker, editor of the magazine.


Series I: Correspondence contains correspondence to the editor Harvey Tucker. Noted correspondents include Barbara Holland, David Antin, Elizabeth Ritchie, Ben Hiatt, and Alice Ransom.

Series II: Manuscripts contains manuscripts submitted to Black Sun Magazine by Harvey Tucker, Barbara Holland, James Hull and others.

Access Restrictions

Materials are open for research. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 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,, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Black Sun Archive; MSS 006; 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.

Collection processed by

Tania Friedel, April 1999.

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-20 17:02:44 -0400.
Language: Description is in English.

Edition of this Guide

This version was derived from black sun archive.doc


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