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Fugs Archive

Call Number



circa 1963-1971, 2010-2017, inclusive


Fugs (Musical group)


0.75 Linear Feet in 2 boxes
4 audiocassettes
1 websites in 1 archived website.

Language of Materials

Collection is in English.


The Fugs Archive is a part of the Avant Garde Collection at Fales Library, New York University. The Fugs Archive is a collection of correspondence and manuscripts about band members Ed Sanders, Tuli Kupferberg, and Ken Weaver. Materials are arranged in alphabetical and chronological order.

Historical Note

The Fugs, a group of poet-musicians, were virtually conceived and developed on the off-Broadway stage. They performed first at the Bridge Theater. After a run of a full two weeks, Ed Sanders, poet, editor, owner of the fabled Peace Eye Book Store and leader of the group, decided the show was ready for a cross-country tour. In a borrowed Volkswagen bus, the Fugs stormed suprised academies from the Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Indiana to the University of Kansas and on to Berkeley.

The Fugs satirized everything from political involvement and patriotism to rock and roll, from war and hate to super-abundant love. The Fugs performed about 15 of their 110 songs per show and presented 12 shows a week during their theater runs. Rather than object to the rigor of the long run, they became more and more intrigued by the possibibilities of the theater through constantly changing and adding to their repertoire. The Fugs were an ever-evolving improvisational review.

The Fugs consisted of three members: Tuli Kupferberg, native New Yorker and "one of the leading Anarchist theorists of our time," Ken Weaver, humorist and poet, and Ed Sanders, poet and leader of the group.


The Fugs Archive is arranged in alphabetical and chronological order and arranged into three series:

Series I: Correspondence, Manuscripts, Flyers, Newsclipping and Publications
Series II: Audio
Series III: Archived Website

Scope and Content Note

The Fugs Archive consists of correspondence, manuscripts, flyers, newsclippings, and publications dating between 1963-1971. Also includes their archived website collected from 2010-2017.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers. Appointments are necessary for the use of manuscript and archival collections.

Conditions Governing Use

NYU's Fales Library & Special Collections is not the copyright owner for this collection. Collection use is subject to all copyright laws. Researchers wishing to reproduce collection material should contact rights holders for permission.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Fugs Archives; MSS 013; box number; folder number; Fales Library & Special Collections, New York University University.

To cite the archived website in this collection: Identification of item, date; Fugs Archives; MSS 013; Wayback URL; Fales Library & Special Collections, New York University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Fugs Archive was purchased from Richard Aaron of Am Here Books in February 1975. The accession number associated with this collection is 1975.013. was initially selected by Tamiment curators and captured through the use of The California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service in 2010 as part of the Arts and Cultural Left Web Archive. In November 2015, the website was migrated to Archive-It. Archive-It uses web crawling technology to capture websites at a scheduled time and displays only an archived copy, from the resulting WARC file, of the website. In 2017, was transferred to Fales Library.

Take Down Policy

Archived websites are made accessible for purposes of education and research. NYU Libraries have given attribution to rights holders when possible; however, due to the nature of archival collections, we are not always able to identify this information.

If you hold the rights to materials in our archived websites that are unattributed, please let us know so that we may maintain accurate information about these materials.

If you are a rights holder and are concerned that you have found material on this website for which you have not granted permission (or is not covered by a copyright exception under US copyright laws), you may request the removal of the material from our site by submitting a notice, with the elements described below, to the

Please include the following in your notice: Identification of the material that you believe to be infringing and information sufficient to permit us to locate the material; your contact information, such as an address, telephone number, and email address; a statement that you are the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed and that you have a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; a statement that the information in the notification is accurate and made under penalty of perjury; and your physical or electronic signature. Upon receiving a notice that includes the details listed above, we will remove the allegedly infringing material from public view while we assess the issues identified in your notice.

Separated Material

Several periodicals and chapbooks have been separated from the Fugs Archive and cataloged. These periodicals and chapbooks are searchable in Bobcat. Three posters have been removed from the collection and placed in the map case. These posters are listed at the end of the Box and Folder List.

Collection processed by

Tania Friedel

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-20 17:03:04 -0400.
Language: Description is written in: English, Latin script.

Processing Information

In 2014, was added to Tamiment Library Web Collection on Organizations (WEB ARC 003). Crawling of the websites in this collection were ceased in 2018. In 2022, archived websites associated with this collection in the Arts and Cultural Left Web Archive were shared to the Fugs Web Archive in Archive-It for access and replay purposes. This finding aid was created in Winter 2023 and description was standardized across the collection.

Revisions to this Guide

2018-03-09: Revised by Kelly Haydon to described four audio reels added to the collection.
February 2023: Updated by Nicole Greenhouse to include additional descriptive information regarding the archived website

Edition of this Guide

This version was derived from fugs archive.1.doc


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