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Love Magazine Archive

Call Number



1965-1968, inclusive


Love (Berkeley, Calif.)


.75 Linear Feet in 1 manuscript box and 1 half manuscript box.

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.


The Love Magazine Archive consists of correspondence with and manuscripts sent to Love's editor, Al Young. The collection includes original poetry, fiction and plays from noted underground writers of the time.

Historical Note

In its masthead, Love credited Al(bert) (James) Young, 1939-, and for a time, an organization calling itself the East Bay Sexual Freedom League as editors. It was irregularly published from 1966-[1968] in Berkeley, California and was a small, low-budget, avant-garde magazine. In order to differentiate itself from other magazines with the same name, Love contained secondary titles like: "Incorporating Intercourse" and "Incorporating Hate." Published 3 times per year in 1966 ([monthly] in 1967), it cost $1 per issue and between $0.25-0.35 in 1967. Issues were 23cm. with illustrated covers containing black and white illustrations and photographs accompanying the text.

During the period that Love was published, Young, also known as a poet, musician, novelist and screenwriter, was a DJ and a writing instructor at the San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California, as well as a contributor to Love and other literary magazines. Love contained poetry, prose, commentary, art, short stories, plays, interviews and explored the cultural currents of the time. Contributors included: Ronald Dahl, Kay Boyle, Denise Levertov, Jim Harrison and John Sinclair (see container list). In late 1967, Love ran out of funds and was absorbed into Al Young's other simultaneous editorial venture, the poetry magazine: Loveletter.

Note: Copies of the magazine are not part of this archive but are available in the Fales Collection.


  1. Lee, Don. About Al Young: a Profile. Ploughshares. Boston: Emerson College, Spring, 1993. [Online]. Feb. 25, 2002.
  2. Love. Berkeley, Cal., East Bay Sexual Freedom League. [etc.] 1966-[1967]. v. 1, no. 1, v. 2, no. [1].
  3. Loveletter. Palo Alto, Cal., Al Young. [1968]. v. [2], no. 4, 5, and 6.
  4. Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2001. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: The Gale Group. 2002. (


Material is principally arranged alphabetically by subject/author.

Materials are arranged in two series. Series 1: Correspondence; and Series 2: Manuscripts

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

Scope and Contents

The Love Magazine Archive is a part of the Avant-Garde Collection at the Fales Library, New York University. The collection contains correspondence and manuscripts submitted to the magazine by notable art, music and literature figures of the period.

Series 1 contains correspondence, most of which is from 1966 and 1967, with contributors (actual and potential), as well as a few typed manuscripts of material submitted to the magazine (see Levertov, box 1, folder 14). A portion of the correspondence refers to a simultaneously published poetry magazine that Young also edited called: Loveletter. Items are authored by: Philip Whalen, Jim Harrison, Robert Kelly, Denise Levertov, John Sinclair and Gary Snyder, among others of note. It also contains solicitations for material sent to John Coltrane, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac.

Series 2 contains a collection of typed and some handwritten manuscripts submitted to the magazine.

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 Love Magazine Archive; MSS 017; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections , New York University Libraries.


Collection was purchased by Fales; 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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