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First Person Magazine Records

Identifier: MSS-389-BC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence between the editor of First Person, Morton Elevitch, and assorted authors, including Douglas Woolf, Curtis Zahn, David DeJong, Joseph Heller, Jean Claude van Itallie, Edward Gorey, John Voelker (a.k.a. Robert Traver), Archibald Macleish, Robert Creeley, Thornton Wilder, Vera Nabokov (writing on behalf of her husband, Vladimir Nabokov), Allan Seager, Edward Dahlberg, Donald Barthelme, George V. Higgins, Rosalyn Drexler, John Updike, C.P. Snow, Thomas Berger, Henry Miller, and Warren Miller. These items of correspondence address the possibility of contributing written works to this journal. Reviews of the early issues of this journal are present in the collection, as are examples of the volumes produced. These volumes include diary material by Thornton Wilder, letters between Mark Twain and W.D. Howells, excerpts from novels, travel observations, social commentary, and autobiographical sketches (including one of Ford Madox Ford).

Correspondence regarding permissions to republish certain works as well as letters about pen-names are also included. Biographical or autobiographical data for some contributing authors can be found in this collection. Press releases and clippings announcing the journals publication are housed in this collection, as are original manuscripts by several of the contributing authors.


  • 1960-1961

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.


First Person was a quarterly literary magazine published out of Boston and founded and edited by Morton Elevitch. It only produced four issues.


2 boxes (1.83 cu. ft.)


This collection is comprised of correspondence regarding the publication of First Person, a quarterly literary magazine, as well as manuscripts from its contributors, and its four published volumes.

Physical Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please inquire at the Center for Southwest Research reference desk.


Contact Information

  1. Center for Southwest Research
  2. Zimmerman Library
  3. University of New Mexico
  4. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-1466
  5. Phone: 505-277-6451
  6. Fax: 505-277-0530
  7. Email:
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Finding Aid of the First Person Magazine Records, 1960-1961
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131