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Ghost Dance Archive

Call Number



1967-1969, inclusive


Ghost Dance (Firm)


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

English .


The Ghost Dance Archive is a collection of correspondence and manuscripts sent to and/or written by the editor of Ghost Dance: The International Quarterly of Experimental Poetry, Hugh Fox. Though this little magazine would exist well beyond the 1960's, this collection reflects the early years of its existence and the writings of some of its notable contributors. The collection also includes issues 1 and 2 of Ghost Dance.

Historical/Biographical Note:

Hugh Fox is a poet, scholar, teacher and archaeologist who since 1968 has been teaching at Michigan State University. He has some 66 books to his credit, and has been a pivotal and enduring presence in the small press market. He started Ghost Dance: the International Quarterly of Experimental Poetry in 1968 while a teacher at Loyola in Los Angeles. Ghost Dance would later give rise to Ghost Dance Press which published works by Fox, as well as Millie Wicklund and Helen Daberstein, among others. The magazine attracted a great number of notable contemporary poets, and incorporated Latino material as well as providing Spanish and English translations of most contributions. Contributors included: Charles Bukowski, Sam Cornish, Lucia Fox, Raquel Jodorowsky, Ben Hiatt and Richard Morris. An anthology of Ghost Dance material was published in 1994 by Whitston Press.


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

The files are grouped into four series.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Correspondence from Hugh Fox
  2. Series II: Correspondence from Others
  3. Series III: Publications
  4. Series IV: Manuscripts

Scope and Content Note

The Ghost Dance Archive is a part of the Avant Garde Collection at Fales Library, New York University. The Fales Library is the primary special collections division of the NYU libraries, housing over 170,000 volumes of English and American literature from 1700 to the present. Strengths of the collection include the development of the English and American novel, with an emphasis on the Gothic and the Victorian novel. 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 Ghost Dance Archive is a collection of correspondence and manuscripts submitted to or written by the editor, Hugh Fox, from 1967 through 1969. Collection highlights include letters written by Charles Bukowski, Richard Brautigan, Allen DeLoach, Clayton Eshleman, and Alain Robbe-Grillet. There are also notes by Isaac Asimov and Samuel Beckett both declining an invitation to contribute. The archive also includes the first 2 issues and manuscripts for issues 3-5 of Ghost Dance.


Series I: Correspondence from Hugh Fox: contains six folders of correspondence from the editor, Hugh Fox.

Series II: Correspondence from others: contains correspondence to the editor, Hugh Fox. Notable correspondents include Isaac Asimov, Samuel Beckett, Charles Bukowski, Richard Brautigan, Allen DeLoach, Clayton Eshleman, and Alain Robbe-Grillet.

Series III: Publications: contains five folders devoted to issues 1-5 of Ghost Dance and includes issues 1 and 2. Manuscripts for issues 3-5 are collected here and contributors are noted on the outside of the folder. Manuscripts include material by Charles Bukowski, Richard Norris, and Ben Hiatt among others.

Series IV: Manuscripts: contains eight folders of writings by Hugh Fox, Sharon Asselin, Frederico Undiano.

Access Restrictions

Materials are open to researchers. 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); The Ghost Dance Archive; MSS 14; 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

Processed by: Tania Friedel, April 1999

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Language: Description is in English.

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