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Lines (New York, N.Y.) Archive

Call Number



1963-1965, inclusive


Lines (New York, N.Y.)


0.5 Linear Feet in 1 box

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.


The Lines Archive consists of correspondence with and manuscripts sent to its editor, Aram Saroyan. The collection includes original poetry and correspondence from noted writers.

Historical Note

Aram Saroyan published, edited, sometimes illustrated and contributed to Lines which was a poetry magazine that existed for six issues from Sept. 1964- Nov. 1965. The son of writer and playwright, William Saroyan, the younger Saroyan's career as a poet was established in the early 1960's, and his one-word poem "lighght" won a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Award. His published work in poetry, fiction and non-fiction has spanned the last forty years.

Lines was a 28 cm., black and white, stapled edition which was published somewhat irregularly over its 2-year existence at .75 cents/issue. Covers featured black and white illustrations, and one issue includes photos of contributors, some of which may be of the persons listed in their captions, others obviously are not. It favored poetry that tended toward the free form and period experimental styles, and its contributors included many noted poets 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. ( Lines. New York : Aram Saroyan. No. 1 (Sept. 1964)-no. 6 (Nov. 1965). 6 v.; ill.; 28 cm. (ISSN: 0459-4533; LCCN: sn 85-60392).


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

The files are grouped into one series.

  1. Series I: Correspondence

Scope and Contents

The Lines Archive is a part of the Avant Garde Collection at the Fales Library, New York University. The collection consists of correspondence with the editor of Lines, Aram Saroyan. The tone of much of the communication is informal and animated, and postcards and envelopes accompany some of the correspondence.

Included also are manuscripts submitted to Saroyan for inclusion in the magazine. The Lines Archive's correspondence and manuscripts, some of which is handwritten, originate from many notable poets and writers of the period, including: Vito Acconci, Robert Creeley, Robert Kelly, Frank O'Hara, Peter Schjeldahl, John Sinclair, and Phil Whalen, among many others (see container list).

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

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 Lines Archive; MSS 016; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections , New York University Libraries.


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

Separated Material

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

Related Material at the Fales Library and Special Collections

C: A Journal of Poetry Archive (MSS.008)

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Language: Description is in English

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