Second Aeon Archive
Language of Materials
The Second Aeon Archive is comprised of all the correspondence and manuscript material that created Second Aeon's issues, such as: magazine layouts, page proofs, letters to the editor, illustration layouts, and original manuscripts.
Twenty-one issues of the magazine Second Aeon appeared between 1967 and 1974. It was published in Cardiff, Wales, with the support of the Welsh Arts Council and edited by Peter Finch. Containing poetry, short stories, cartoons, and illustrations, Second Aeon for it's period, was a comprehensive round up of the UK's small press activity. Noted contributors to the magazine included: Robert Bly, Gary Snyder, Allen Ginsberg, LeRoi Jones, Pablo Neruda, Charles Bukowski, Lorca, Octavio Paz, and countless others. In conjunction with the magazine, Second Aeon was also a small press that published poetry anthologies and books.
Series I and III are arranged alphabetically and series 2 is arranged chronologically.
The collection is divided into three series: I) Correspondence to Peter Finch, editor II) Editorial Correspondence, 1967-1974, and III) Manuscripts.
- Series I: Correspondence to Peter Finch, editor
- Series II: Editorial Correspondence, 1967-1974
- Series III, Subseries A: Manuscripts for Magazine Second Aeon
- Series III, Subseries B: Manuscripts for Second Aeon's Small Press
Scope and Content Note
The Second Aeon Archive is comprised of all the correspondence and manuscript material that created Second Aeon's issues, such as: magazine layouts, page proofs, letters to the editor, illustration layouts, and original manuscripts. Noted correspondents include Paul Auster, Carol Berg, Robert Bly, Charles Bukowski, William Burroughs, John Cage, Cyril Hodges, Alison Knowles, Jim Morrison, Jeff Nuttall, and Peter Redgrove. Also included in this collection are manuscripts used by Second Aeon's small press to publish various poetry books and anthologies.
Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, email@example.com, 212-998-2596.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-998-2596.
Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Second Aeon Archive; MSS 023; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.
The Second Aeon Archive was acquired via purchase from Richard Aaron of Am Here Books, in 1974. The Second Aeon Archive is part of the Avant Garde Collection, collected at Fales Library during the 1960's and 70's by Mel Edelstein and Theodore Grieder.