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Once: A One Shot Magazine Archive

Call Number



1966-1967, inclusive




1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.


The Once and Etc. Archive consists of correspondence with and manuscripts sent to Once's editor and contributor, Tom Clark. The collection includes material from noted writers and figures, including: Allen Ginsberg, Gerard Malanga, Robert Creeley and George Plimpton.

Historical/Biographical Note:

The Once and Etc. Archive is a collection of correspondence with Tom Clark, 1941- who edited the poetry magazine sometimes called: A One Shot Magazine. Though that title was carried through in other issues, the magazine, which was called "Once" once, was published under different names every issue (except where noted): Twice, Thrice, Thrice and a 1/2, Frice, Ice, Nice, Vice, Slice (two issues had this title), and Spice.

In the 1960's, Tom Clark, whose long and varied career includes forays into poetry, fiction, play writing, and biography, edited the 11 issue run of this poetry magazine as well as the higher profiled, Paris Review. At the time of this collection's creation, Clark, an American born in Chicago, was in England where he and Allen Ginsberg had come in the early 1960's to hitchhike.

The One Shot Magazine and various named decedents was a 37 cm., illustrated, and low budget enterprise where the content reflected its unorthodox appellations. Its contributors included a number notable writers and figures 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. [] A One Shot Magazine. Brightlingsea England : T. Clark, [1966]. Vol. 1, no. 1.


Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject/author heading.

The files are grouped into one series.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Correspondence

Scope and Content Note

The Once and Etc. Archive is a part of the Avant Garde Collection at the Fales Library, New York University and it consists of correspondence with its editor, Tom Clark.

Included also are manuscripts submitted to Clark for inclusion in the magazine. The Once and Etc. Archive's correspondence and manuscripts originate from many notable poets and literati of the period, including: Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Ed Sanders, Gerard Malangra, among many others (see container list).

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 Once and Etc. Archive; MSS 020; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections , New York University Libraries.


The 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.

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Language: Description is in English.

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