Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The ALMA mss., 1961-1964, are the correspondence and papers of the Association of Literary Magazines of America. The organization was formed at a meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota, on November 10 and 11, 1961, sponsored by The Carleton Miscellany. Editors of nineteen literary magazines were present. Its primary purpose was to find means of increasing the usefulness and the prestige of small literary magazines in the United States and Canada.

The membership later increased to thirty-six magazines. The first permanent Executive Board was composed of Reed Whittemore, Henry Rago, and Robert Bly. Current and long range plans included the awarding of an annual prize for the best college literary magazines and extensive distribution- promotion activities for member magazines.

The correspondents are Robert Bly, Whit Burnett, Peter James Caws, Sherman B. Chickering, Boyd Compton, Morton D. Elevitch, Robie Mayhew Macauley, David McDowell, Roy Miller, Frederick Morgan, Robert O'Brien, Henry Rago, David Ray, Paul H. Rohmann, Reed Whittemore.

The papers include the proposed constitution and bylaws, received 1 May 1962; Press release, 11/13/61; Interim report (Unofficial) on Literary editors conference in St. Paul [1961, Nov.]; Further notes on the meetings of literary editors in St. Paul with optional questionnaire and addresses, Nov. 15, 1961; Report (mostly on money) to the members of ALMA, Dec. 21, 1961; The Association of literary magazines of America, current and long range plans, [1962]; proposal for A.L.M.A. membership provisions [1962]; Report of ALMA Executive meeting, [Feb. 1962]; Report to the executive committee, number one, by Robert O'Brien, 18 May 1963; A.L.M.A. Director of Information, Report No. 8, Feb. 14, 1963, No. 9, Mar. 15, 1963, No. 10 [May 1, 1963]; A.L.M.A., Report to the membership, Number one, by Robert O'Brien, June 12, 1963, Number two, Aug. 29, 1964; A.L.M.A., Committee for distribution and promotion, reports: Apr. 12, 1962, May 1, 1962, May 15, 1962; Summary of the proceedings in the formation of the association of literary magazines of America [1961]; Summary of the proceedings at the second conference of the association of literary magazines of America, held at the Henry Hudson Hotel in New York City, March 16-18, 1962; Addendum to ALMA survey of rights and permissions practices by Paul H. Rohmann, n.d.

A small group of clippings complete the collection.

Collection size: 164 items

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