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Guide to the Clara Mayer papers, 1879-1976

Collection Overview

Repository

New School Collections

Collection Identifier

NS.02.01.02

Creator

Mayer, Clara W., b. 1895

Title

Clara Mayer papers, 1879-1976

Extent

12.5 linear ft: 12 boxes, 2 oversize folders

Language of Materials note

Materials in the Clara Mayer papers are predominantly in English, although correspondence in German, French and Hungarian is also present.

Summary

Clara Woolie Mayer (1895-1988) held a long affiliation with the New School, first as a student, then in a fund raising capacity and as a trustee, followed by a succession of administrative roles, including dean of the School of Philosophy and Liberal Arts (1943-1961) and vice president of the New School for Social Research (1950-1961). Dating largely from 1950 to the early 1960s--during Mayer's term as vice president and dean--the collection consists primarily of subject files pertaining to programs, departments, and members of the New School faculty and administration. Of note is Mayer's correspondence, largely related to teaching and lectures, with well-known figures, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Albert Einstein, Berenice Abbott, Alvin Johnson, John Cage and Erich Fromm. Additionally, there is a wealth of material relating to Mayer's contributions to post-war European relief efforts through the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe and Foster Parent Plan. Finally, the collection contains typescript writings by Mayer, including articles, speeches, commencement addresses and translations.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Clara Mayer papers, NS.02.01.01, box __, folder __, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Biographical Note

Clara "Woolie" Mayer was an important trustee and administrator during the first four decades of The New School. Among other positions, Mayer served as dean of the School of Philosophy and Liberal Arts from 1943 to 1961 and vice president of the the New School from 1950 to 1961.

Mayer was born in New York City in 1895 to Bernhard and Sophia Mayer. Her German-Jewish family amassed a fortune in real estate after emigrating to the United States in the late 19th century. After graduating from the Normal College of the City of New York (now Hunter College) in 1908, Mayer went on to earn a BA from Barnard College in 1910, where she attended lectures by educator James Harvey Robinson and historian Charles Beard, both founding faculty of the New School. After graduating from Barnard, she began graduate work at Columbia University from 1915 to 1919. When Robinson and Beard left Columbia for the New School, Mayer also left in order to attend the new institution. In 1924 she became a trustee. She was actively involved in a major fund-raising effort to construct the New School’s flagship building at 66 West 12th Street, which was ultimately erected by her brothers, the engineers Albert and Charles Mayer.

After service on the New School’s board of directors, Clara Mayer held a variety of administrative positions. She was assistant director from 1931 to 1936, and associate director from 1937 to 1943, and vice president from 1950 to 1961. She also served as dean of the School of Philosophy and Liberal Arts at the institution from 1943 to 1961. Mayer served under four New School presidents--Alvin Johnson, Bryn Hovde, Hans Simons, and Henry David--and received an honorary doctorate from the New School in 1948.

Mayer's New School career ended abruptly in 1961 when incoming president Henry David forced her resignation as part of efforts to put the school, a larger and more complex institution in the 1960s than it had been in the 1920s, on what he considered to be a more appropriately professional institutional footing. Shortly thereafter, the board of trustees fired David, in part because he had fired Mayer. Mayer was asked to resume her association with the school but declined the invitation and permanently severed ties with the New School.

Mayer continued to live in New York City at least into the 1980s. A 1982 New York Times article notes her participation, at age 87, in a Manhattan nuclear disarmament demonstration. At the New School’s 1987 commencement, Clara Mayer was the ninth recipient of the Founders’ Medal, the highest honor the school offers; her niece, Stella Saltonstall, accepted the medal on her behalf. The following year, on July 16, 1988, at age 93, Clara Mayer died of pneumonia in a Los Angeles nursing home.

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Sources:

Craven, Kenneth. Reflections of a Quintessential New Yorker. Chapter 3: “Greenwich Village and the Soul of a Woman.” August 9, 2002. Mss. 46 pp. http://www.flickr.com/photos/emilio_guerra/8740187989/.

Mayer, Clara. The Manmade Wilderness. New York: Atheneum, 1964.

Montgomery, Paul L. “Throngs Fill Manhattan To Protest Nuclear Weapons.” The New York Times, June 13, 1982, p.A1.

Raushenbush, Esther. "Three Women: Creators of Change." The Higher Education of Women: Essays in Honor of Rosemary Park. Edited by Helen S. Astin and Werner Z. Hirsch. New York: Praeger, 1978.

Rutkoff, Peter M. and William B. Scott. New School: A History of the New School for Social Research. New York: The Free Press, 1986, p.34.

Vidich, Arthur J. With a Critical Eye: An Intellectual and His Times. Knoxville, Tennessee: Newfound Press, 2009, pp.188-190.

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Scope and Content of Collection

Dating largely from around 1950 to the early 1960s, the collection consists of files originating in the Deans Office during Clara Mayer's term as dean of the School of Philosophy and Liberal Arts (1943-1961) and vice president of the New School for Social Research (1950-1961).

The collection is organized into three series. However, the bulk of the materials are found in the subject files series. These files contain items pertaining to members of the New School faculty and administration; course offerings; programs, schools, and committees; conferences held at the New School; and scholarship and other financial matters. The material includes incoming and outgoing correspondence, interoffice memos, reports and policy position papers, draft proposals and outlines for various New School departments, programs, schools, and committees, meeting minutes, course proposals and descriptions, and other administrative documents. Of note are name and personnel files of correspondence, largely related to teaching and lectures, with well-known figures, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Albert Einstein, Berenice Abbott, Alvin Johnson, John Cage and Erich Fromm.

Individual faculty files consist largely of course descriptions written by the instructors. The general faculty files consist largely of correspondence pertaining to course descriptions, scheduling, leaves of absence, and other teaching and administrative matters. Also included in this section are materials documenting faculty committees, financial arrangements, meeting minutes, and the graduate school. Subject files also includes materials related to program and department development, much of which relates to the establishment of the BA program. Additional items relate to conferences held at the New School, including a large cache of items about the Goals of Higher Adult Education Conference in 1959, which included a day-long sub-conference on Teaching Science to Adults. Finally, the subject files include a wealth of material relating to Mayer's engagement throughout the fifties with post-war European relief efforts through the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe and Foster Parent Plan.

The collection also contains a small series consisting of writings by Mayer, including typescripts of articles, speeches, commencement addresses, and translations of texts by Albert Einstein and Albert Schweitzer.

Material covered within the general correspondence and faculty correspondence subgroups may overlap in terms of correspondants and subjects addressed. Researchers in search of individual names or courses are advised to look in both of these subgroups, as well as in the folders of named individuals.

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Organization and Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject in 3 series: I. Biographical, 1907-1976; II. Subject files, 1879-1975; III. Writings, 1932-1961.

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Administrative Information

Aaron Winslow

Publication Information

New School Collections - June 2, 2016

66 Fifth Avenue
lobby
New York, NY, 10011
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Clara Mayer papers, NS.02.01.01, box __, folder __, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Files containing student records are restricted for 120 years after person's known or estimated birth (or group of persons, like a class). Files with faculty or other personnel salary, performance reviews, hiring information are restricted for 50 years from creation date of item (or last creation date in file). Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Custodial History note

Retrieved by representatives of the New School's Fogelman Library from Clara Mayer's New York City apartment on August 1, 1988.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to the archives from Raymond Fogelman Library in 2012.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Administrative records.
  • Correspondence.
  • Curricula.
  • Financial records.
  • Lecture notes.
  • Lectures.
  • Manuals (instructional materials).
  • Pamphlets.
  • Publications.
  • Questionnaires.
  • Reports.
  • Research notes.
  • Syllabi.
  • Typescripts.

Occupation(s)

  • Educators.
  • Philanthropists.
  • Professors.

Subject(s)

  • Adult education.
  • Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall.

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Collection Inventory

I. Biographical 1907-1976 

This series contains materials related to Mayer's personal life outside of her capacity of New School Dean. Included are diplomas from several of the schools and universities Mayer attended, as well itemized house and property appraisals, photographs, and financial statements for real estate investment firms for which Mayer served on the board of directors.

Box Folder
Diplomas, 1907-1948 
New School, 1948 

Contains a letter from New School president Bryn J. Hovde to Mayer informing her of the award of an honorary Doctor of Letters, as well as a typescript copy of Mayer's acceptance speech and a copy of the diploma.

9 14
Normal College of the City of New York, 1908 
n_OSxx-1 3
Sabbath School of Temple Beth El certificate, 1907 
n_2 1
Training Department of the Normal College of the City of New York, 1908 
n_OSxx-1 4
House appraisals, 1975-1976 

Itemized appraisal of the contents of two of Mayer's Manhattan homes.

9 15
Photographs, 1952-1960 

Contains photographs of New School faculty and events, including: a photograph of New York Mayor Wagner laying the cornerstone for the New School annex in 1956; Federal Republic of Germany President Theodor Heuss; as well as photographs of a more biographical and personal nature.

9 16
Real estate financial statements, 1974-1975 

Financial statements for real estate holdings companies for which Mayer was board member.

9 17
Songbook, 1941 
9 18
Vice-president position, 1950-1961 

Contains a typescript of a speech announcing the appointment of Mayer to the position of vice-president of the New School. The writer is unknown. Also includes an internal memo from board member Nathan Levin regarding Henry David's appointment as president and Mayer's removal from the position of vice-president and dean.

9 19

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II. Subject files 1879-1975 

This series contains the alphabetized subject files created by Mayer as dean of the New School and her administrative assistants in the Dean's Office. Included are files documenting individuals, organizations, and New School administrative divisions such as schools, departments, programs, and committees. The majority of the material in this series consists of correspondence, but also encompasses items such as: internal reports on the New School; inter-office memos and draft policy papers; materials on conferences and special events held at the New School; meeting minutes; and faculty information, including correspondence, and course proposals and descriptions. Among the notable correspondents included here are: Martin Buber, Saul Bellow, Edward Bernays, John Cage, W.E.B. Du Bois, Albert Einstein, Erich Fromm, Alvin Johnson, Albert Mayer, Meyer Schapiro, and Adlai Stevenson. Items related to Mayer's contributions to the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe (CARE) in the late 1940s and 1950s are also found in this series, as the donations were made through her office at the New School.

Box Folder
General correspondence, 1946-1974 

Includes the correspondence of Mayer and other New School dean's office and administrative personnel, primarily regarding administrative and faculty matters. Arranged alphabetically by sender or recipient last name.

A, 1951-1961 
9 20-21
B, 1946-1961 
9 22-23
C, 1948-1960 
9 24-25
D, 1954-1960 
9 26
E, 1956-1960 
9 27
F, 1954-1961 
9 28
G, 1960-1966 
9 29
H, 1953-1960 
9 30
I, 1954-1960 
9 31
J, 1954-1960 
9 32
K, 1954-1960 
9 33
L, 1948-1961 
9 34
M, 1947-1961 
9 35-36
N, 1954-1960 
9 37
O, 1960-1962 
9 38
P, 1957-1961 
10 1
R, 1954-1959 
10 2
S, 1951-1960 
10 3-4
T, 1961-1974 
10 5
V, 1947-1960 
10 6
W, 1961-1976 
10 7
Abbott, Berenice, 1958-1959 

Contains correspondence regarding courses taught by Abbott, as well as a photograph, correspondence, and exhibition notes for an exhibition of Abbott's photography held at the New School as a part of the Science Education Project.

1 1
Address lists, 1958-1960 

Administrative list of New School faculty.

1 2
Alier Gomez, Joaquim, 1948-1955 
1 3
Altieri, Al, 1958-1957 
1 4
American Ethnological Society, 1960 
1 5
Anniversary of the New School, 1958 
1 6
Arnheim, Rudolf, 1959 
1 7
Ascher, Franzi, 1955-1961 
1 8
Associates [New School Associates], 1961-1963 

Correspondence, memos, and reports pertaining to the Associate Volunteers for the Endowment Fund Drive at the New School.

1 9
Attia, Mme., 1950 
1 10
Aziza, Charles, 1948-1949 
1 11
Bache, Louis, 1956-1958 
1 12
Bacon, Elizabeth Ann and George Wood, 1944-1954 
1 13
Balet, Leo, 1948-1952 
1 14
Banisch, Adelheid, 1947 
1 15
Banks, 1957 

Materials relating to First National Bank and Chemical Corn Exchange.

1 16
Baratz, Joseph, 1957 
1 17
Barber, Thomas W., 1960 
1 18
Barksdale, Edward, 1960-1961 
1 19
Barzin, Madame, 1954 
1 20
Basi, Raghbir Singh, 1960 
1 21
Beard, Charles Austin, 1950 

Typescript draft of essay about Beard by Arthur W Macmahon, entitled "Charles Austin Beard as a Teacher," published in  Political Science Quarterly in 1950.

1 22
Bednarik, Mojimir K., 1957-1960 
1 23
Bellow, Saul, 1957 

Correspondence regarding Bellow's American novel course.

1 24
Benloulou, Mme., 1947-1953 
1 25
Benoit-Levy, Lucy, 1951-1959 
1 26
Benor, Ethel, 1955-1959 
1 27
Bernays, Edward, 1953 
1 28
Blanken, Maurice C., 1959-1960 
1 29
Bittner, William, 1953-1961 
1 30
Blitzer, Moses, 1949-1960 
1 31
Board of Trustees, 1957 May 1-10 
1 32
Bradley, Phillips, 1943-1946 
1 33
Brauer, Max, 1954 
1 34
Brodovitch, Alexey, 1949-1959 

Correspondence relating to Brodovitch's design courses, including students who are angry at him for walking out of class due to poor attendance.

1 35
Buber, Martin, 1951-1957 

Correspondence thanking him for a lecture he gave at the New School.

1 36
Bullitt, Carolyn, 1954-1956 
1 37
Burke, Mary G., 1960 
1 38
Business Scholarship plan, 1961 
1 39
By-Laws, 1952-1957 

Typescript of standard New School by-laws, as well as a report entitled "Some Basic Information about the New School for Social Research," which gives a general overview of the New School's philosophy and mission.

1 40
Cage, John, 1957-1960 

Contains correspondence between Cage and Mayer regarding Cage's Mushroom Identification course, as well as finding a replacement for him during a fellowship year in Italy. Also contains clippings of newspaper articles about Cage.

1 41
Cartwight, Marguerite, 1956-1957 
1 42
Cazden, Norman, 1956-1961 
1 43
Chase Manhattan Bank, 1957 
1 44
Cheek, M Adolphus, Jr., 1957 
1 45
Church, Joseph, 1954-1958 
1 46
City and Country School, 1961 
1 47
Collier, Gilman, 1956-1960 
1 48
Comhaire, Jean and Suzanne, 1958-1959 
1 49
College-Community Relationships in New York State report, 1953 

Report issued by the New York State Citizens' Council, Inc.

1 50
Commencement, 1960 June 
1 51
Committees, 1956-1962 

Relating to New School administrative committees, these materials primarily consist of reports, meeting minutes, notes, and inter-office memos.

Educational Policy Committee, 1957-1959 

Meeting minutes and typescript of Hyde Report drafted by EPC.

1 52-54
Evaluation Committee, 1960 

Contains a report produced by the Evaluation Committee of a Visiting Team for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary School.

1 55
Possibility of Adult Education Center in Different Countries meeting minutes, 1961 
1 56
Public Relations Committee, 1956-1959 
1 57-59
Research Comittee, 1961-1962 
1 60
Service Committee, 1959-1960 
1 61
Conferences and events, 1957-1961 

The bulk of these materials relate to the 1959 Goals of Higher Adult Education Conference.

The Artist and His Public panel discussion, 1950s 
1 62
Eastern Regional Conference, 1961 
1 63
Festival of the Arts-NY, 1959-1960 
1 64
Goals of Higher Adult Education Conference, 1959-1961 

Self-described as a working conference, the Goals of Higher Adult Education Conference was held at the New School from December 17-19, 1959. In addition to the New School, the conference was organized by representatives of a variety of universities in the United States and Canada, as well as publications such as the Readers Digest. Materials include correspondence of organizers, participants, and funding organizations, as well as panel proposals, reports and lists of expenses.

General, 1959 
1 65-68
2 1-2
Lists, 1959 
2 5-6
Teaching Science to Adults, 1957-1961 

The third day of the Higher Adult Education Conference was devoted to the topic of Teaching Science to Adults. Funded by the Sloan Foundation, this portion of the conference addressed the problem of introducing science and math materials to adults, subjects that were newly added to the New School curriculum. These materials consist of research and reference reports from the National Science Foundation, descriptions and listings of science and math courses offered at the New School, correspondence of organizers and participants, and budgets.

General, 1959-1961 
2 7-8
Acceptances, 1959-1960 
2 9
Conference I and presentation, 1959-1960 
2 10
Conference II references, 1957-1959 
2 11-12
Correspondence, 1959 
2 13
"Notes on Science in Higher Adult Education Conference of December 19 at the New School," circa 1959 

Circulated report on discussions and results of the conference.

2 14
Post-conference material, 1958-1961 
2 15-16
Preliminary material, 1957-1958 
2 17
National Conference on Higher Education, 1957-1959 
2 18
Special events, 1958-1959 

Correspondence and schedules relating to lectures, workshops and other special events held at the New School.

2 19
Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, 1953-1960 

Founded in 1951, the Claims Conference, still active in 2016, administers compensation funds, recovers unclaimed Jewish property and allocates funds to institutions that provide social welfare services to Holocaust survivors. The New School applied for grant funding from the Conference "in order to support members of its Faculty who, being victims of National Socialist persecution, are finding it difficult to establish themselves." Included here are items relating to the New School's grant applications for faculty members such as Hans Simons, Hannah Arendt, Eugen Kullman, Frieda Wunderlich, and Hanna Deinhard, among others. Materials include correspondence, grant applications, and inter-office memos.

2 20-22
Contracts between the New School and Community and Social Agency Employees Union, 1958-1961 
2 23
Contributions to the New School, 1961 
2 24
Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe, Inc., 1947-1961 

Founded in 1945, CARE was a charitable organization focused on sending food aid to Europe in the aftermath of World War II. The primary form of aid came in the form of "CARE packages," pre-selected and packaged parcels of food and other essential items purchased by individuals and sent on their behalf to people in Europe. Clara Mayer and the Mayer family sent several dozens of such care packages throughout the late 1940s and 1950s. Included here are order forms and correspondence with CARE officials, as well as correspondence with CARE package recipients, primarily in East and West Germany and France. Notes herein indicate where correspondence includes photographs. Many letters are in German. Researchers interested in Mayer's contributions to post-war Europe relief efforts should also see material in this collection relating to Foster Parents Plan, Inc.

General, 1951-1956 
2 25-27
Allouch, Rhenee, 1949-1952 
2 28
Boeckh, Gisela, 1947-1956 

Contains photograph.

2 29
Bradke, Dr. Elizabeth von, 1950-1954 
2 30
Crotogino, Elise, 1956-1958 
2 31
Dobriner, Frida, 1947-1957 
2 32
Fröhlich, Armin, 1949-1955 

Contains photograph.

2 33
Frucht, Gisela, 1948-1952 
2 34
Gehlhoff, Wilhelm, 1948-1954 

Contains photograph.

2 35
Grünert, Trude and Erich, 1949-1960 
2 36
Guedj, Aron, 1948 
2 37
Hajje, Hélène, 1952-1954 
2 38
Herzog, Fanny, 1949-1953 
2 39
Hinterding-Krisman, J.H., 1946 
2 40
Ische, Anna, 1947-1957 
2 41
Kafka, Barbara, 1947-1961 
2 42
Kemter Family, 1947-1956 
2 43
König, Helene, 1946-1956 

Contains photograph.

2 44
Kossert, Erna, 1948-1953 

Contains photograph.

3 1-2
Krapp, Thea, 1947-1955 
3 3
Lüders, Erika, 1947-1956 
3 4
Mleinek, Clara, 1947-1957 
3 5
Nicolas, 1958 
3 6
Peters, Matisse L., 1950-1953 
3 7
Reuber, Heinrich and Käte, 1947-1957 
3 8
Rupp, Else, 1947-1958 
3 9
Schneider, Reinhold, 1948-1953 
3 10
Tcherniawsky, Dora, 1954 
3 11
Thiele, Elisabeth, 1948-1952 
3 12
Thielscher, Paul, 1949-1954 

Contains photograph.

3 13
Trache, Hanns, 1949-1961 

Contains photograph.

3 14
Vierkandt, Alfred and Martha, 1948-1957 
3 15
Zahn-Harnack, Agnes von, 1949-1956 
3 16
Cosmopolitan Club, 1958-1959 

Includes 2 issues of club newsletter.

3 17
Coudert, Frederic, 1957 
3 18
Coulson, Mary, 1959 
3 19
Courant, Richard, 1958 
3 20
Courses, 1947-1961 

Materials relating to course offerings, including catalogue publication, reviews of courses, and individual course information. However, additional course material can be found in the individual subject files throughout the collection, and the faculty files consist largely of course descirptions written by instructors.

Catalogues, 1950-1962 

Contains materials related to the preparation of New School course catalogues. Included are correspondence with faculty, printers, and other administrators involved in publishing the catalogue, as well as guidelines for catalogue preparation and course descriptions.

General course catalogue, 1950-1960 
3 21
Catalogue index, 1961-1962 
3 22
Changes after printing catalogue, 1960 
3 23
Spring 1960 Printing Program, 1959 
3 24
Explosion of the Arts in Modern America, 1956-1960 
3 25
Israel, 1959-1960 
3 26
Laudatory reviews of lectures and courses, 1947-1961 
3 27
Promotion, 1960-1961 
3 28
Real estate, 1960 
3 29
Theater Workshop, 1960 
3 30
Wisdom of Life series, 1959-1960 
3 31
Creative Writers Association, 1951-1958 

Correspondence, memos, and reports pertaining to the establishment of the Creative Writers Association, the New School's version of a creative writing workshop and program. Included are correspondence between Mayer and future director of the CWA, Elizabeth Bartlett, among other correspondents.

3 32
Dakin, Edwin F., 1956-1957 
3 33
Dastur, Jim, 1957-1959 
3 34
David, Henry, 1960-1961 
3 35
Davis, William H., 1951-1954 
3 36
Dean, Vera Micheles, 1948-1952 
3 37
De Breilh, Germania, 1950-1957 
3 38
Delgado, Josefita, 1959 

Thesis manuscript.

3 39
Di Liscia, Michael, 1957-1960 
3 40
Dilliard, Irving, 1954 
3 41
Dinner invitation lists, 1959 
3 42
Disman, Daniel, 1957-1959 
3 43
Dubois, Rachel, 1949-1958 
3 44
Du Bois, W.E.B., 1948-1949 

Contains correspondence and outlines relating to Du Bois's lecture course, "The Negro in American History" scheduled for Fall, 1949.

3 45
Dubos, Jean, 1960 
3 46
Duhne, Else, 1947-1950 
3 47
Dunn, Halbert L., 1955-1959 
3 48
Dunn, Stephen Porter, 1949-1952 
3 49
Durlach, Nathaniel, 1958 
3 50
Elié, Mme., 1947-1948 
3 51
Einstein, Albert, 1947 

Contains a letter from Einstein to Mayer thanking her for her contribution to the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists, as well as for her and Alvin Johnson's role in establishing the University in Exile.

3 52
Faculty, 1944-1969 

Includes committee meeting minutes, correspondence, financial materials, surveys and questionnaires, and policy and program-development related materials. Correspondence generally pertains to course descriptions, scheduling, leaves of absence and other teaching and administrative matters.

Correspondence, 1944-1969 

Contained here are faculty correspondence, primarily regarding course descriptions, class scheduling and faculty appointments and leave. The items are arranged alphabetically by sender or recipient. There are no files for the letters A, D, I-J, or Q. The bulk of the files date from the late 1940s until the early 1960s.

B, 1950-1961 
10 8-9
C, 1956-1960 
10 10-11
D, 1949-1961 
10 12
E, 1949-1961 
10 13
F, 1950-1960 
10 14
G, 1949-1960 
10 15-16
H, 1948-1961 
10 17
K, 1948-1960 
10 18
L, 1949-1963 
10 19-20
M, 1949-1960 
10 21
N, 1951-1962 
10 22
O, 1952-1969 
10 23
P, 1947-1961 
10 24-25
R, 1949-1960 
11 1-3
S, 1948-1965 
11 4-8
T, 1947-1960 
11 9-10
U-V,1944-1960 
11 11-12
W, 1950-1962 
11 13-14
X-Y-Z, 1951-1964 
11 15
Faculty party, 1960 
3 63
Financial arrangements, 1959-1960 
3 54
Graduate school, 1954-1961 
3 55-58
Laudatory reviews of instructors, 1945-1961 
3 59
Meeting minutes, 1953-1959 
3 60-63
4 1
Questionnaires and recommendations, 1953-1958 
4 2
Fasteau, I. Jack, 1957 
4 3
Fazakas, Donelda, 1958-1959 
4 4
Ferguson, Charles W., 1958-1960 
4 5
Fine, Benjamin, 1948-1961 
4 6
Fisch, Else, 1947 
4 7
Fischer, Max, 1949-1954 
4 8
Fischoff, Ephraim, 1948-1951 
4 9
Fishman, Hertzel, 1955-1960 
4 10
Fleischman, Harry, 1958-1960 
4 11
Focillon, Marguerite H., 1944-1958 
4 12
Folinsbee, Marjory C., 1956 
4 13
Foreign students, 1950-1961 

Correspondence, writings and records regarding registration for students of foreign origin enrolled at the New School.

4 14-15
Foster Parents Plan Inc. 1954-1960 
Delmonte, Flip, 1954-1960 

Throughout the Fifties, Mayer made donations to the Foster Parents Plan Inc. (as of 2016, Plan International), a charitable organization designed to help orphans and other children left vulnerable due to war and conflict situations. Materials here include correspondence between Mayer and two foster children in post-World War II Europe, as well as communications with Foster Parents Plan Inc. officials. Researchers interested in Mayer's contributions to post-war Europe relief efforts should also see material in this collection relating to the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe, Inc. (CARE).

4 16
Kagan, Stephan, 1958-1959 
4 17
Fowler, Elizabeth M, 1959-1959 
4 18
Frank, Philipp, 1955-1957 
4 19
Frederick, Frieda, 1948 
4 20
French Embassy, 1959 
4 21
Fromm, Erich, 1948-1961 

Contains correspondence related to Fromm's courses at the New School.

4 22
Fuller, Muriel, 1958-1960 
4 23
Future of the New School (report), 1958 
4 24
Ganz, Fedor, 1948-1949 
4 25
Garrigue, Jean, 1955-1959 
4 26
Gidal, Nahum T., 1957-1958 
4 27
Gilliland, James V., 1959 
4 28
Ginzberg, Raphael, 1948-1950 
4 29
Gittler, Joseph B., 1959-1961 
4 30
Gleason, Judith, 1959-1960 
4 31
Gluck, Samuel E., 1958-1959 
4 32
Goetschius, George, 1952-1958 
4 33
Goldstein, Jacob, 1956-1962 
4 34
Goodman, Louis S., 1950-1953 
4 35
Gordon, Cyrus H., 1954-1960 
4 36
Gotschal, Sylvan, 1958-1960 
4 37
Graduate credit, 1949-1959 
4 38
Graff, Emmy, 1948-1958 
4 39-40
Granell, Eugenio, 1960 
4 41
Greater New York Council of Foreign Students, 1954-1958 

Newsletters and correspondence addressed to New School president Hans Simons from the Greater New York Council for Foreign Students.

4 42
Grove, Victor, 1954-1960 
4 43
Guggenheim Museum, 1959-1961 

Correspondence, printed material, and press releases regarding a series of exhibitions at the New School curated by Paul Mocsanyi and inaugurated by former Guggenheim museum director James Johnson Sweeney.

4 44
Hacker, Louis, 1943-1952 
4 45
Hamburg, Alex M., 1944-1953 
4 46
Hanford, James H., 1952-1954 
4 47
Hansberry, William Leo, 1957 
4 48
Harman, Doris Spier, undated 
4 49
Harms, Ernest, 1957-1958 
4 50
Harrison, Joseph, 1948-1949 
4 51
Hauser, Emil, 1955-1961 
4 52
Hawkes, Alice Forbes, 1947-1959 
4 53
Haydn, Hiram, 1949-1960 
4 54
Heard, Gerald, 1952-1953 
4 55
Hédoy, Madame, 1950 
4 56
Heimbach, Sylvia, 1960 
4 57
Heimerdinger, Leo H., 1947-1954 
4 58
Heineman, Dannie N., 1949-1955 
5 1
Heldabrand, John, 1954-1955 
5 2
Hennessy, Maurice, 1955-1957 
5 3
Heymann, Frederick, 1952-1956 
5 4
Heygster, Gisela, 1948-1952 

In German.

5 5
Hicks, Granville, 1958 

Correspondence regarding Hicks' courses, and request for office space at New School after his teaching term had ended.

5 6
Hockenholz, Willi, 1948-1950 
5 7
Holland Lebanese Mission for the Deaf, 1960 
5 8
Horowitz, Irving, 1957 

Correspondence regarding Horowitz's unsuccessful attempts to secure a teaching appointment.

5 9
Huang, Wen-shan, 1949-1956 
5 10
Hubbell, Richard W., 1951-1957 
5 11
Huber, Solomon, 1950-1957 
5 12
Hungarians, 1956 

Correspondence seeking funding and donations for scholarships for student refugees from Hungary following the Revolution of 1956.

5 13
Hutchinson, John A., 1956-1958 
5 14
Interdependence Council, 1959 
5 15
Jacobi, Jolande, 1952-1954 
5 16
James, Earle K., 1945-1956 
5 17
Jelinek, Hans, 1946-1953 
5 18
Johnson, Alvin, 1954-1959 

Includes manuscripts and photographic portraits: one print is signed by Joseph Breitenbach, the other inscribed by Johnson to Mayer.

5 19
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Joughin, G. Louis, 1946-1954 
5 20
Kahn, Herman, 1957-1960 
5 21
Kallen, Horace, 1960-1972 
5 22-23
Kane, Art, 1957-1960 
5 24
Kang, Younghill, 1961-1963 
5 25
Karasz, Arthur, 1949-1956 
5 26
Khan, Marian and Ismith, 1955-1957 
5 27
Kinsey, Alfred, 1948-1949 

Several letters inviting Kinsey to speak at the New School, which he declines.

5 28
Király, Béla, 1959 
5 29
Kirk, Russell, 1957-1960 

Contains photograph.

5 30
Kirstein, George, 1953-1958 
5 31
Klein, Joseph, 1945-1955 
5 32
Kogbetliantz, Ervand, 1946-1952 
5 33
Konvitz, Milton R., 1954-1955 
5 34
Koopman, Bernard O., 1957-1959 
5 35
Korman, Samuel, 1957 
5 36
Kortepeter, Max, 1954-1957 
5 37
Kramer, Fritz, 1954-1959 
5 38
Laporte, Paul M., 1959 
5 39
Laudatory correspondence, 1937-1949 
5 40
Lazarovits, Idus, 1960 
5 41
Lehmann-Haupt, Hellmut, 1950-1954 
5 42
Lehr, Wilson, 1957-1959 
5 43
Leirens, Charles, 1950-1956 
5 44
Lenox Hill Hospital, 1960 
5 45
Leonard, L. Larry, 1948-1958 
5 46
Leisendorf, Samuel, 1955 
5 47
Lerner, Abba, 1950-1956 
5 48
Levin, Nathan, 1960 

New School board member.

5 49
Levinson, J.J., 1948-1953 
5 50
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Levy, Berryl Harold, 1947-1951 
5 51
Lewis, Mrs. William B., 1960 
5 52
Library, 1956-1959 

Meeting minutes, books-received lists, and book order and acquisition information for the New School library.

5 53
Lieu, D.K., 1954-1955 
5 54
Lindenau, Kaethe, 1958 
5 55
Lindley, Hilda, 1952-1958 
5 56
Lips, Julius, 1946-1948 
5 57
Lit, Davis Ellis, 1956 
5 58
Livermore, Charles, 1956-1958 
5 59
Loan ledger sheets and financial records, 1975 
n_6 13
Lombardi, Jole, 1950-1952 

Contains photograph.

5 60
London, Ephraim, 1960 
5 61
Lyons, L. Vosburgh, 1951-1953 
5 62
Malaquais, Jean, 1951-1953 
5 63
Marcu, Eva, 1960-1962 
5 64
Marrow, David, 1959-1960 
5 65
Martin, William McChesney, 1945-1959 
6 1
Maslow, Will, 1948-1960 
6 2
Mason, Gabriel R., 1950-1955 
6 3
May, A. Wilfred, 1958-1961 

Correspondence, course descriptions and pamphlets.

6 4-6
Mayer, Albert, 1947-1964 

Correspondence, typescript writings and newsletters.

6 7-8
Mayer, Charles and Jane, 1958 
6 9
Mayer, Jerome, 1957 
6 10
Mayer, Kerry and Phyllis, 1953-1959 
6 11
Mayers, Lawrence and Rena, 1953-1958 
6 12
Mazer, Joseph M., 1960 
6 13
Medici-Tornaquinci, M.C., 1957 
6 14
Mehta (Embassy of India), 1952-1954 
6 15
Meiskins, Gregory, 1956-1958 
6 16
Meyer, Donald, 1945, 1950s 
6 17
Meyer, J. Julian, 1952-1958 
6 18
Miller, Mitzi Johnson, 1957-1960 
6 19
Mizrahi, M., 1948-1949 

Includes photographs.

6 20
Moller, M. Charles, 1958 
6 21
Molloy, Irene, 1956 
6 22
Morton, Frederic, 1950-1958 
6 23
Moses, Percival R., 1948-1957 
6 24
Muilinberg, James, 1958-1960 
6 25
Muller, Henri, 1952-1955 
6 26
Murphy, Aileen O'Brien, 1957-1961 
6 27
Murphy, Gardner, 1946-1951 
6 28
Murra, John V., 1957-1960 
6 29
National Science Foundation, 1954-1959 
6 30
Newall, Ben, 1959 
6 31
Newman, Edwin S., 1949-1953 
6 32
New York Times editorial, 1960 
6 33
The New York Trust Company, 1957 
6 34
Nugent, T., 1957 
6 35
Oppenheim, Felix, 1960 
6 36
Pansegrouw, Nicolaas, 1951-1957 
6 37
Pap, Leo, 1956-1958 
6 38
Parkes, Henry B., 1950-1961 
6 39
Pauly & Co., 1956 
6 40
Phillips, Bernard, 1959-1961 
6 41
Pink, Louis, 1957-1959 
6 42
Piscator, Maria Ley, 1946-1961 

Correspondence, course descriptions, and brochures and flyers relating to the New School Dramatic Workshop.

6 43
Pound, Dean Roscoe, 1932 
6 44
Printed materials 1879-1975 
General, 1879-1968 

Includes the following: "Excerpts from the Memoir of Harry Edmonds," Harry Edmonds, 1963; "Eine Gedenfichrift zu deffen 150fter Geburtsfeier," Moses Mendelssohn, 1879; "Neither Victims nor Executioners," Albert Camus, 1968; "Fierce Feathers," L. V. Hodgkin, 1943; "Hitlerism and our Liberties," Charles A. Beard, 1934; "Tornano I Rosselli," 1951; "Ulmer Monatsspiegel," 1956 Dec; "Finding the Real Self," the American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 1949; several titles by Nelson G. McCrea: "Latin Examinations as Tests of Intelligence," 1919 May; "Notes on the Results of the College Entrance Examinations in Latin," 1918 Jun; "Horatian Criticism of Life," 1917 Jun; "Elegie"; "Qualitat ist das Anstandige," Theodor Heuss, 1958 Jun; "The Human Environment in Technological Societies," Rene Dubos, 1968 Jul.

6 45
New School, 1934-1975 

Contains various course promotional materials; "Sung to the Tune of the 'Wonderful Guy' from the Play South Pacific" (Alvin Johnson Birthday Song), Irving Driesen; "The Living Spririt," Thomas Mann; "Democracy and Education in the United States," Charles A. Beard, 1937; Commencement exercises, 1960; By-laws of the New School for Social Research"; "Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools" report, 1960.

6 46
Promotion appeals for business scholarship plan, 1956-1960 
6 47
Prosterman, Barnett, 1956 
6 48
Pulitzer, Fanny, 1960 
6 49
Quigley, Hugh, 1949 
6 50
Ragsdale, Wilmot, 1950-1957 
6 51
Rahul, R.N., 1957-1958 
6 52
Rath, Stephen, 1948-1956 
6 53
Registration statistics, 1960 
6 54
Riffaterre, Michael, 1952-1959 
6 55
Ripka, Hubert, 1949-1955 
6 56
Rischin, Moses, 1954-1959 
7 1
Robinson, Alson and Margerie, 1944-1955 
7 2
Rohman, Richard, 1959 
7 3
Role of Adult Education in Mental Health, 1958 

Meeting minutes and report.

7 4
Roman, Klara Goldzieher, 1948-1961 
7 5
Rosenheim, Wallace, 1958 
7 6
Rosselli, Maria, 1955 
7 7
Roucek, Joseph S., 1949-1950 
7 8
Roy, Subodh Chandra, 1954-1960 

Contains photo of Professor Roy meeting President Nehru of India at the New School during the President's visit.

7 9
Ruscheweyh, Herbert, 1946-1949 
7 10
Safranski, Kurt, 1947-1958 
7 11
Saini, Tej Bhan Singh, 1959-1966 
7 12
Sammet, Carolyn, 1958-1959 
7 13
Sanders, Henry Slade, 1958-1960 
7 14
Saveth, Edward, 1948-1960 
7 15
Schachtel, Ernest and Zeborah, 1949-1958 
7 16
Schapiro, Meyer, 1947-1955 

Correspondence regardng Schapiro's courses and schedule.

7 17
Scholarship Fund, 1959 
7 18
Schönfelder, Adolph and Dua, 1947-1949 
7 19
Schönhaus, Bernhard, 1952 
7 20
Schools, departments, and programs 1952-1977 

Contains correspondence, meeting minutes, program and department development memos and reports.

Art Program, 1954-1961 

Contains correspondence, course information, and drafts of several reports, including "A Plan for an Integrated Art Program at the New School."

7 21
BA Program 1954-1960 

Contains correspondence and draft reports pertaining to the development of the New School's Bachelor of Arts program. Reports include "The Bachelor of Arts Program: 1958-1959" and  "The Senior College: The Program Leading to the Bachelor of Arts Degree," which outline the theory and concepts behind the program. Also included are draft policies on various program requirements.

General, 1954-1960 
7 22
Art, 1958-1960 
7 23
Essay, 1957-1960 
7 24
Music, 1958-1960 
7 25
Business Administration Center, 1952-1959 
7 26
Center for African Studies, 1956-1958 
7 27-28
Center for Global Perspectives, 1977 
7 29
Counseling Program, 1953-1960 
7 30-34
Department meeting minutes and reports, 1956-1960 
7 35
Development Program, 1954 
7 36
History Department, 1957-1959 
7 37
Labor Education Center, 1959 
7 38
Language Center, 1956-1960 
7 39
Music Center Programs, 1956-1957 
7 40
School of Philosophy and Liberal Arts, 1949-1960 
7 41
School of Politics, 1957-1961 

Budget documents and finance-related correspondence.

7 42-43
Science Program, 1959-1960 
7 44
Trade Union Programs & Scholarships, 1957 
7 45
Schreiber, Flora Rheta, 1952-1960 
7 46
Schuyler, Jack, 1955-1959 
7 47
Schwab, William B., 1957-1959 
8 1
Schwarz, Magda, 1948-1953 
8 2
Schwarz, Wolfgang, 1956 
8 3
Sebagh, Mme., 1947-1949 

Contains photograph.

8 4
"A Self-Study of The New School for Social Research," 1960 
8 5
Selver, Charlotte, 1950-1960 
8 6
Shapiro, Don, 1955-1958 
8 7
Shell, Helen, 1957-1961 
8 8
Shenton, James, 1956-1960 
8 9
Shepherd, George W., 1956-1958 
8 10
Shulov, Aharon, 1956 
8 11
Shure, Don, 1957-1960 
8 12
Sichel, Fred J., 1957 
8 13
Sifton, 1946 

Typed manuscript of "The Dinosaurs: National Anarchism."

8 14
Skinner, Elliott, 1958 
8 15
Slade, Helen, 1955-1958 
8 16
Smith, Lawrence C., 1956 
8 17
Smith, W. Eugene, 1958-1959 
8 18
Solo, Michelle, 1957 
8 19
Stamatelakis, G., 1956 
8 20
Statistical reports: New School, 1957-1958 
8 21
Statistical reports: West Germany, 1956 

A study led by Mayer on the population of West Germany.

8 22-23
Sternberg, Fritz, 1949-1958 
8 24
Stevenson, Adlai E., 1956 

Brief note thanking Mayer for her support for a dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in April, 1956.

8 25
Stillman, Seymour, 1955-1959 
8 26
Student files, 1956-1959 

These files are restricted. Please email archivist@newschool.edu for details.

Allers, Carolyn, 1957 
8 27
Aronson, Norma, 1959 
8 28
Arrighi, Henry, 1956-1957 
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Case history profiles, 1949-1956 
8 29
nr_3 8
Jowers, J. Bebee, 1956 
8 30
Kunoff, Reuben, 1956 
nr_3 9
Williamson, Daisy, 1956-1957 
nr_3 10
Studer, Norman, 1960 
8 31
Sullivan, Kevin, 1958-1959 
8 32
Szechenyi, Francis G. de, 1952-1960 
8 33
Tagliacozzo, Giorgio, 1959-1960 

Correspondence regarding course scheduling and descriptions, as well as detailed course lecture and reading outlines.

8 34-35
Taylor, Harold, 1949-1956 
8 36
Thieme, Gertrud, 1947 
8 37
Troy, William, 1950-1960 
8 38
Untermeyer, Jean Starr, 1948-1957 
8 39
Valency, Maurice, 1960 
8 40
Van Den Haag, Ernest, 1947-1960 
8 41
Van Duvall, Beatrice, 1959 
8 42
Vetter, Dorothea, 1947-1949 

Contains photograph.

8 43
Vuyk, R., 1953-1954 
8 44
Wald, George, 1948-1956 
8 45
Wallace, David, 1959-1960 
8 46
Walther, Margot, 1952-1957 
8 47
Wassermann, Hanna, 1958 
8 48
Waters, John P., 1956 
8 49
Watson, Goodwin, 1949-1961 
8 50
WBAI radio station, 1960 
8 51
Weber, Brom, 1948-1960 
8 52
Weill, Benjamin, 1947-1949 
8 53
Weiss, Louis, 1947-1954 

Memorial Award.

8 54
Weiss, Paul A., 1954-1969 

"The Emergence of Scientific Thought in the Eighteenth Century: Some Improvisations," 1964 Fall; "The Living System: Determinism Stratified," 1969; "Fundamental Research as a Resource," 1954; "Teaching and Training in Biological Sciences." 1955; Bibliography, 1959; "Knowledge: A Growth Process," 1960 Jun 10; "Science in the University: Today and Tomorrow," undated; "Science and the Public Must Become Friends," 1966 Jun 12; "'Panta' Rhei' — And So Flow Our Nerves," 1969; "Continuum (a Poem)," 1969; "Living Nature and the Knowledge Gap," 1969.

8 55
Wertheimer, Michael, 1950s-1960s 

Book typescript.

8 56
Westmann, H., 1954-1959 
8 57
Wildes, Harry Emerson, 1956-1958 
8 58
Willen, Eileen Davis, 1957-1961 
8 59
William J. Wollman Foundation, 1956 
8 60
Williams, Helen, 1956-1959 
8 61
Winternitz, Emanuel, 1959-1960 
9 1
Wohlking, Wallace, 1957-1959 
9 2
Wolfenstein, Martha, 1951-1959 
9 3
Wolff, Max, 1954-1958 
9 4
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 1959 
9 5
Wright, J. Ernest, 1945-1958 
9 6
Wunderlich, Frieda, 1950s 

Frieda Wunderlich was a German sociologist who came to the New School as a refugee scholar. This file contains her CV and a photograph of her.

9 7
Young, Kimball, 1943-1947 
9 8
Yunkers, Adja, 1946-1961 
9 9
Zambuto, Mauro, 1957-1960 
9 10
Zierer, Ernest, 1959-1965 
9 11
Zipper, Herbert, 1949-1960 
9 12
Zucker, Paul, 1946-1960 
9 13

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III. Writings 1932-1961 

Box Folder
General, 1932-1961 

Included herein are the typescripts of speeches, presentations, articles, and reviews written by Clara Mayer, both for New School functions and invited lectures at other institutions. Some of the typescripts include handwritten notes and corrections.

11 16-19
Book about the New School, 1961 

Photocopies of minutes for a meeting regarding a possible book about the New School.

11 20
Commencement addresses, 1953-1961 

Contains typescript drafts of New School commencement speeches given by Mayer in her capacity as dean. Some typescripts contain handwritten notes and corrections.

11 21
Translations, circa 1949 

Included here are two articles translated by Mayer: a brief untitled text by Albert Einstein, and the essay "The Spirit of the Times" by Albert Schweitzer.

11 22

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