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Guide to the New School Associates records, 1943-1988

Collection Overview

Repository

New School Collections

Collection Identifier

NS.03.02.01

Creator

New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 1919-1997). New School Associates.

Title

New School Associates records, 1943-1988

Extent

16.25 linear ft: 14 boxes

Language of Materials

All correspondence in English.

Summary

The New School Associates was the first fund raising body associated with the New School for Social Research. Comprised of faculty, former students, school administrators and supporters of the school's aims, the Associates sponsored numerous educational and social events and an annual membership drive. These records represent the administration of the Associates from the mid-1940s through the 1970s. Art exhibition records extend into the 1980s. Files belonging to the Executive Secretary of the New School Associates, Edith Jonas Levy, constitute a significant portion of these records.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], New School Associates records, NS.03.02.01, box __, folder __, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Historical note

The activities of the New School Associates, an organization of faculty, alumni and supporters of the school, date back to the earliest years of the New School. In a membership appeal probably dating from the 1940s, Alvin Johnson, the New School president whose vision guided the school from 1922 through 1945, described the group in the following way:

"The New School Associates were the first organ of the New School. At the outset there was no Board, no Faculty, but an association of interested persons bent on founding an educational institution which should serve the needs of intelligent men and women like ourselves... We realized that in the original body of Associates we had the nucleus of a lay organization superior to any alumni group. The Associates could protect the institution against the prevalent academic maladies of inbreeding and dry rot, maladies rather aggravated than cured by alumni. We sought to enlist Associates from all walks of life. For as a lay organ the Associates could not, like college alumni limit themselves to negative functions but would have to play a constructive part in the development of the School... Only the New School Associates, who cared enough for the institution to become contributors to its support, ever exhibited continuity of interest and exerted influence on the development of the School... We live in trying times and must look forward to still more trying times, with powerful political forces seeking to regiment our thinking and speech and action. The protection of our American liberty to teach and write as truth commands lies first in our consciences but second in the sound public opinion of an active body of New School Associates."

The group sponsored programs and remained an active fund raising organ at least through the 1970s. Material from the late 1970s and 1980s here consists of announcements and publicity for New School exhibitions, lectures, and other events. Edith Jonas Levy (Mrs. Beryl H. Levy) was the executive secretary of the New School Associates through the 1940s and into the 1950s. Alvin Johnson was the longtime president of the Associates. The Office of the President was intertwined with the Associates, and invitations to join the Associates, as well as correspondence with speakers and guests of the Associates, were often sent out under Alvin Johnson or President Bryn Hovde's signature.

Other individuals associated with the New School Associates include:

Lova (Mrs. David) Abrahamsen (Chair, 1940s)
A. Wilfred May
Sarah (Mrs. David L.) Podell
Margaret C. (Mrs. Joseph) Renier (Membership chair)
Edith (Mrs. Otto) Sommerich (longtime member and chair, 1940s)
Ruth (Mrs. Edward L.) Stern (Chair, 1940s)
Alfred F. Thomas (Chairman of Membership Drive, 1944-1945)
Mary (Mrs. Joseph) Urban (Chair, 1940s)
Eunice Hill (Mrs. Julian) Whittlesey (Chair, 1940s)

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Scope and Content of Collection

The New School Associates records are divided into three series. The administrative records largley consist of meeting files, which contain agendas, reports and minutes. Minutes span 1948 through 1960, with calendar years mirroring the academic calendar, with reports by the committees comprising the Associates: Activities, Art, Education, Finance, Forum, Membership and Nominating committees. Also includes bylaws, drafts of publicity and promotional materials, memoranda, planning documents and lists of potential members. Of note is an organizational memorandum authored by New School President Bryn Hovde advising staff of the reporting structure for the Office of Public Information.

The second series contains material relating to New School President Alvin S. Johnson, the bulk regarding events, such as his annual birthday celebrations, book talks and lectures. Other files in the series relate to the Fund Raising Committee and the Alvin Johnson Fund.

The third series documents individual events or event series sponsored by the Associates. Documentation includes announcements, invitations, guest lists, and organizational materials. Additional documentation may include press releases, budgets and correspondence with administrators and guests. The bulk of the first subseries are one-day events, particularly exhibition openings, but also include author receptions or “bookwarmings,” seminars and lectures, concerts, theater trips and benefits, flea markets, formal teas, and other receptions for administrators. The Associates sponsored lecture programs, or Dinner Forums, inviting a panel of speakers to discuss topics ranging from United States foreign policy to the status of Broadway theater. Dinner Forum programming differs from Luncheon lectures, with the latter comprised of a single topic featured in more than one talk over the course of the spring or fall semester. Of note is a lecture series given by Erich Fromm (1955-1957).

Much of the documentation in these records appears to have been generated by Edith Jonas Levy, the longtime executive secretary of the New School Associates, who held this position from at least 1949 to 1960. Other files appear to have been generated by Margaret C. (Mrs. Joseph) Renier, a Membership Committee chair, Mrs. Otto Sommerich, and G. De Carlo.

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Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in 3 series:

  1. Administrative, 1943-1971, 1982-1985
  2. Alvin S. Johnson, 1945-1971
  3. Programs, 1945-1988

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

New School Collections - January 7, 2017

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

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], New School Associates records, NS.03.02.01, box __, folder __, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Note

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Files were accessioned by the New School Archives in several groups from different sources. While it cannot be verified, it is probable that the files had been formerly housed together. Some of the files, primarily those in the Administrative series, were brought to the Kellen Design Archives in January 2009, and additional files were cataloged and integrated with the files already in the Archives' custody in November 2012. A large accession from the New School President's Office in 2015 included New School Associates records, as well, and they have been integrated into this collection. The location of New School Associates records documenting eras not covered in this collection guide is unknown.

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Related Materials

A clippings scrapbook exclusively dedicated to documenting the activities of the New School Associates will be found in the New School publicity scrapbook collection (NS.03.01.01). Additionally, the New School Bulletins (NS.03.01.02) frequently include notices of Associates-sponsored events, as well as announcements regarding new members.

Folders documenting the New School Associates will be found in the Office of Public Information records (NS.03.04.01), in the General Administration series and Speeches series (texts of speeches given by guests of the Associates). Press releases created by the Office of Public Information for the Associates will be found in the New School press release collection (NS.03.01.07). A small number of photographs documenting Associates-sponsored events will be found in the New School photograph collection (NS.04.01.01).

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence.
  • Invitations.
  • Lectures.
  • Minutes.
  • Reports.

Personal Name(s)

  • Hovde, Brynjolf Jakob, 1896-1954
  • Johnson, Alvin Saunders, 1874-1971
  • Levy, Edith Jonas

Subject(s)

  • Adult education.
  • Art -- Exhibitions.
  • Educational fund raising.
  • Universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the the New School Associates records, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/NS030201.

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Collection Inventory

I. Administrative 1943-1971, 1982-1985 

Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Box Folder
General, 1943-1959 
1 1-9
Ad Hoc Committee, 1961 
1 10
Annual business meeting files, 1944-1971 

Annual business meetings appear to have been held in December in the 1940s, then in May beginning in 1949.

1 11-40
Art Committee meeting and luncheon, 1944 Jun 11 
1 41
Art Committee meeting, 1949 Jan 3 
1 42
Associate membership lists: Old marked-up copies, 1944-1958 
1 43-44
Associate membership renewals, 1945 Apr 
1 45
Attendee card file, 1954-1964 

Typed and handwritten card files of attendees to New School Associates events. Includes information on guests, membership status, seating preferences, address, and other pertinent data.

12-14
Biographical statements and photographs, 1965-1966 

Includes information on Rudolf Arnheim, Ralph Caplan, Robert Riley, Stanley M. Swinton, and John Weitz. Also includes five photographic prints.

1 46
Course registration forms, 1982-1985 
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Current membership lists, 1947-1948 
1 47
Financial statements: Events master folder (1969-1970), 1953-1970 
1 48
Membership luncheon meeting, 1945 Mar 28 
1 49
By-laws, 1944-1967 
1 50-54
Executive Council minutes, 1948-1960 
1 55-67
2 1
Public Relations: Murals, 1951 
2 2
Public Relations and Promotions Committee meeting, 1945 Jan 10 
2 3
Report to Membership (Mrs. Edward L. Stern), 1948 Oct 
2 4

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II. Alvin S. Johnson 1945-1971 

Arranged in chronological order. Parenthetical dates in the series refer to the date an event was held, while dates following the comma indicate the dates of documents found within the files.

Box Folder
General, 1945-1950 
2 5
Round tables (1949 Nov-Dec), 1949 
2 6
75th birthday, 1949 

Includes files on an art exhibition, staff acceptances to a party, a program and tobacco order, and Edith Jonas Levy's folder for the birthday celebrations.

2 7-9
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Fund Raising Committee meeting (1950 Jan 12), 1950 
2 10
Graduate Faculty symposium, 1950 Jan 21 
2 11
Correspondence, 1951-1971 
2 12
Publication party (1952 Sep 23), 1952 
2 13
"My America" (1953 Fall), 1953 
2 14
79th birthday, 1953 
2 15
Tree Fund (1954 Jan), 1954 
2 16
80th birthday, 1954 
2 17
Study course (Fall 1956), 1956 
2 18-19
Lecture, 1956 Dec 4 
2 20
82nd birthday luncheon (1956 Dec 18), 1956-1957 
2 21
Conversational teas (1957 Spring), 1957 
2 22
Class (1958 Jan-Feb), 1957-1958 
2 23
84th birthday party and tree planting ceremony (1958 Dec 18), 1958 
2 24
85th birthday (1959 Dec 18), 1959 

Includes one photographic print.

2 25
Alvin Johnson Chair, 1959-1961 
2 26
86th birthday (1960 Dec), 1960-1961 
2 27
Bookwarming (1961 Oct 19), 1961 
2 28
87th birthday (1961 Dec 18), 1961-1962 
2 29
Gift of hickory furniture, 1963 
2 30
Bookwarming (1963 Feb 6), 1963 
2 31
90th birthday dinner, 1964 Dec 17 
2 32

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III. Programs 1945-1988 

Parenthetical dates in the series refer to the date an event was held, while dates following the comma indicate the dates of documents found within the files.

Box Folder

Exhibitions and other events 1945-1988 

Events are arranged in reverse chronological order. Events include programs conducted in tandem with the Associates annual meeting. The Associates sponsored several exhibitions of the work of Astrith Deyrup, New School art instructor and daughter of Alvin Johnson, first president of the New School. Other featured artists and authors included Simon Brienes, author of Pedestrian Revolution: Streets without Cars; James Monaco, film critic and former New School instructor; and Chaim Gross, printmaking and sculpture instructor.

Box Folder
Art exhibition and event announcements, 1977-1988 

File documents exhibitions for which there is no additional documentation other than a postcard or invitation.

2 33
Art exhibition: Wall Works: Claudia De Monte and Gilda Pervin, 1987 

Includes two photographic prints of works.

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Inaugural Exhibition of The New School Gallery: Simon Dinnerstein, Bruce Dorfman and Chaim Gross, 1987 

Includes one photographic print and five slides of art works.

2 34
Art exhibition: Carl Ashby and Estelle Grey, 1986 
2 35
Art exhibition: Robert Conover's Ruins of New York, 1986 
2 36
Art exhibition: Doris Klein's Beach Paintings, 1986 

Includes four photographic prints of art works.

2 37
Art exhibition: Ku Ping-Hsing's Contemporary Paintings: New York City in Abstract, 1986 
2 38
Art exhibition: Paul Werner's Works on Paper, 1986 
2 39
Art exhibition: Front Gallery Series and Other Works in Wool Ctd. and  Needlepoint: Lloyd W. Blanks, 1985, 1988 

Includes one photographic print and five slides of art works.

2 40
Art exhibition: Recent Work: Around the World by Claudia De Monte, 1985 
2 41
Art exhibition: Avron Soyer's Dreams, Visions and Constructions: Mostly Small Studies on Paper, 1985 

Includes one photographic print of an art work.

2 42
Photography exhibition: Benedict Fernandez, 1981, 1985 

Includes one photographic print of an art work.

2 43
Reception: Aaron Frankel (1977 Dec 15), 1977-1978 
2 44
Holiday show: Astrith Deyrup: Batik paintings, batik impressions, acrylic reflections, recent work, 1977, 1984-1986 
2 45
Art exhibition: Astrith Deyrup (1977 Dec 1), 1977-1978 
2 46
Seminar: Crime and Society (1977 Nov 12), 1977 
2 47
Art exhibition: Anthony Toney (1977 Nov 4), 1977-1978 
2 48
Art opening: Tom Scippa (1977 Oct 7), 1977-1978 
2 49
Symposium: Good Health (1977 Oct 1) cancelled, 1976-1977 
2 50
Trip: Washington (1977 Sep 30-Oct 2), 1977-1978 
2 51
Reception: Ira Hirshmann's Questions and Answers about Arabs and Jews (1977 Sep 29), 1975-1978 
2 52
Belmont: Day at the races (1977 Jun 14) cancelled, 1977 
2 53
Crafts fair (1977 May 20), 1977-1978 
2 54
Associates annual meeting: An Evening of Sheer Magic (1977 May 20), 1977 
2 55
Reception: James Monaco's How to Read a Film (1977 May 12), 1977 
2 56
Spring party (1977 Apr 23), 1977 
2 57
Art exhibition: Louis Trakis (1977 Apr 1), 1976-1977 
2 58
Seminar: China after Mao (1977 Mar 26), 1976-1977 
2 59
Art exhibition: Don Stacey (1977 Feb 4-Mar 28), 1977 
2 60
Reception: Eliot Janeway's How to Make Dollars Out of Sense (1976 Dec 9), 1976-1978 
2 61
Art exhibition: Astrith Deyrup (1976 Dec 3), 1976-1977 
2 62
Reception: Richard Brickner's My 2nd Twenty Years (1976 Nov 22), 1976-1977 
2 63
Art exhibition: Isaac Soyer (1976 Nov), 1976-1977 
2 64
Reception: David Schoenbrun's Triumph in Paris (1976 Oct 29), 1976-1977 
2 65
Reception: John Stoessinger's Henry Kissinger (1976 Oct 15), 1976-1977 
2 66
David Schoenbrun and John Stoessinger debate (1976 Oct 9), 1976-1977 
2 67-68
Art exhibition: Dorothy Gillespie (1976 Oct 1), 1976 
3 1
Fall opening event: Evening with Leo Rosten (1976 Oct 1), 1976-1977 
3 2
Trip: Barnes Museum (1976 Sep 18), 1976-1977 
3 3
Associates annual meeting: Country Dance and Song Society (1976 May 7), 1976 

Includes two photographic prints.

3 4
Art exhibition: Laurence Montalto (1976 May 6), 1976 
3 5
May week end (1976) cancelled, 1976 
3 6
Reception: James Monaco's The New Wave (1976 Apr 27), 1976 
3 7
Art exhibition: Astrith Deyrup (1976 Apr 7), 1976 
3 8
Art exhibition: Norman Carton (1976 Mar 12), 1976 

Includes one photographic print.

3 9
All-day seminar: Détente (1976 Mar 6), 1972, 1976 
3 10-11
Art exhibition: Sidney Simon (1976 Feb 6), 1976 
3 12
Photography exhibition: David Attie (1975 Dec 5), 1975-1976 
3 13
Reception: Bruce Marcus's Competing for Capital (1975 Dec 4), 1975-1976 
3 14
Art exhibition: Astrith Deyrup (1975 Dec), 1975-1976 
3 15
Tribute to our nation's bicentennial: Dorothy Bushnell Cole (1975 Nov 14), 1975 
3 16
Art exhibition: Theo Hios (1975 Nov 3), 1975-1976 
3 17
Reception: Gerald Sykes' Foresights (1975 Oct 29), 1975-1976 
3 18
Trip: Associates fall weekend (1975 Oct 24), 1975-1976 
3 19
Art exhibition: Richard tum Suden (1975 Oct 3), 1975-1976 
3 20
Author's reception: Frederick M. Stern's Life and liberty (1975 Sep 30), 1975 
3 21
Annual meeting and Spanish fiesta (1975 May 9), 1975 
3 22
Author’s reception: Carole Rifkind and Carol Levine (1975 May 7), 1975 
3 23
Art exhibition: Leslie Tseng-Tseng Yu (1975 May), 1975 
3 24
Trip: Washington (1975 Apr 11), 1974-1975 
3 25
Art exhibition: Astrith Deyrup (1975 Apr 2), 1975 
3 26
Art exhibition: New York Professional Women Artists (1975 Mar 3), 1975 
3 27
Author’s reception: Simon Breines and William Dean's Pedestrian Revolution (1975 Feb 13), 1974-1975 
3 28
Art exhibition: Sylvia Sleight (1975 Feb 3), 1975 
3 29
Fall festival and flea market (1974 Sep-Oct), 1973-1975 
3 30-34
Annual meeting: Martha Schlamme (1974 May 22), 1974 
3 35
Art exhibition: Robert Conover (1974 Dec-1975 Jan), 1974-1975 
3 36
Reception: Jane Blanksteen (1974 Dec 6), 1974-1975 
3 37
Art exhibition: Hananiah Harari (1974 Nov), 1974 
3 38
Art opening: Morton Kaish (1974 Oct 7), 1974 
3 39
Art exhibition: Si Lewen (1974 May 6), 1973-1974 
3 40
Author’s reception: Alma Askin (1974 Apr 25), 1974 
3 41
Art exhibition: Astrith Deyrup (1974 Apr 3), 1974 
3 42
Concert: Anita Sheer (1974 Mar 30), 1974 
3 43
Art exhibition: Carl Ashby (1974 Mar 1), 1974 
3 44
Authors' reception: Leta Clark and Nicki Hitz Edson (1974 Feb 28), 1974 
3 45
Art exhibition: Mavis Pusey (1974 Feb 1), 1974 
3 46
Author’s reception: Ralph Buultjens's Rebuilding the Temple (1974 Jan 30), 1974 
3 47
Art and book reception: Catrina Ten Eyck (1973 Oct 31), 1973-1974 
3 48
Flea market (1973 Oct 13), 1973 
3 49-50
Reception: F. M. Esfandiary's Upwingers (1973 Oct 10), 1973-1974 
3 51
Art exhibition: Nick Sperakis (1973 Oct 1), 1973-1974 
3 52
Party: Daisy Schapiro (1973 Jun 10), 1973 
3 53
Associates annual meeting: New School opera workshop (1973 May 3), 1973 
3 54
Art exhibition: Astrith Deyrup batiks, tie-dyes and enamels (1973 May 2), 1973 
3 55
Art exhibition: Rudolf Baranik (1973 Apr 11), 1973 
3 56
New member party at Lillian Oppenheimer’s home (1973 Mar 24), 1973 
3 57
Art exhibition: Licio Isolani (1973 Mar 16), 1973 
3 58
Reception: David Schoenbrun's The New Israelis (1973 Mar 15), 1973 
3 59
Art exhibition: Carl Ashby (1973 Feb 2), 1972-1973 
3 60
All-day seminar: Beyond Vietnam: Plans for World Peace (1972 Dec 2), 1972-1973 
3 61
Art exhibition: Norman Carton (1972 Dec 1), 1972-1973 
4 1
Art exhibition: Irving Kriesberg (1972 Nov 1), 1972-1973 
4 2
Antique auction (1972 Oct 28), 1972-1973 
4 3
Author’s reception: Oscar Brand's Songs of 76: Folksinger's History of the Revolution (1972 Oct 26), 1972-1973 
4 4
Art exhibition: Henry Pearson (1972 Oct ), 1971-1973 
4 5
Opening event: David Amram (1972 Sep 28), 1972-1973 
4 6
Cohoes trip: Graphics art course (1972 May 18), 1972 
4 7
Associates annual meeting: David Brower--Is Survival Politically Feasible? (1972 May 9), 1972-1973 
4 8
Art exhibition: Astrith Deyrup batiks and tie dyes (1972 May 3), 1972 
4 9
Reception: Saul Padover's Karl Marx on Revolution (1972 Apr 24), 1972 
4 10
Art exhibition: Jan Doubrava Italian holiday (1972 Apr 6), 1971-1973 
4 11
Art exhibition: Julio Fernandez caricature (1972 Mar 8), 1972 
4 12
Art exhibition: Joseph Stefanelli (1972 Feb 11), 1972 
4 13
Art exhibition: Associate group (1972 Jan 12), 1971-1972 
4 14
Proposed ten-day Mexican trip (1972 Jan) cancelled, 1971-1972 
4 15
Third hour discussion groups (1971 Dec), 1971 
4 16
Reception: Sidney Offit (1971 Nov 18), 1971-1972 
4 17
Art exhibition: Chaim Gross lithographs (1971 Nov 11), 1971-1972 
4 18
Art exhibition: Donald L. Stacy (1971 Oct 14), 1971-1972 
4 19
Reception: Martin Garbus's Ready for the Defense (1971 Oct 7), 1971-1972 
4 20
Opening event: fall get-together (1971 Sep 15), 1971-1972 
4 21
Mural exhibition: Anthony Toney (1971 Jun 30), 1971 
4 22
Book and art reception: Astrith Deyrup (1971 May), 1971 
4 23
Reception: Nathan Straus III (1971 Apr 15), 1971 
4 24
Art exhibition: Harold Lewis (1971 Apr 2), 1971 
4 25
Art opening: Clare Romano (1971 Mar 12), 1971 
4 26
Reception: Gerald Sykes's The Perennial Avant Garde (1971 Mar 11), 1971 
4 27
Art exhibition: Richard tum Suden (1971 Feb 10), 1971 
4 28
Reception: L. H. Grunebaum's Philosophy of Modern Man (1971 Jan 31), 1970-1971 
4 29
Gingerbread Lady theater party (1970 Dec 10) cancelled, 1970-1971 
4 30-31
Art exhibition: Carmen Cicero (1970 Dec 2), 1970-1971 
4 32
Reception: Shirley Chisholm's Unbought and Unbossed (1970 Nov 30), 1970-1971 
4 33
Reception: Stella Hershan's A Woman of Quality (1970 Nov 4), 1970 
4 34
Art opening: Theo Hios (1970 Oct 16), 1970 
4 35
Reception: F. M. Esfandiary's Optimism One (1970 Oct 14), 1970 
4 36
Associates fall get-together (1970 Sep 22), 1970 
4 37
Reception: James Haskins's Diary of a Harlem Schoolteacher (1970 Mar 6), 1970 
4 38
Art exhibition: Rhino Horn (1970 Mar 2), 1970 
4 39
Art exhibition: Tran Tho (1970 Feb), 1970 
4 40
Authors' reception: Julius Horwitz and Milton Doroshkin (1970 Jan 28), 1969-1970 
4 41
Charter flight (1970) cancelled, 1970 
4 42
Art exhibition: List art posters (1969 Dec–1970 Jan), 1969-1970 
4 43-44
Reception: The Writer's World, edited by Elizabeth Janeway (1969 Dec 5), 1969 
4 45
Surprise dinner: Saul K. Padover (1969 Nov 18), 1969 
4 46
Art exhibition: Louis Trakis and John Ross (1969 Oct 22-Nov), 1969-1970 
4 47
Stratford arts excursion: Ridgefield, Wallingford, Stratford, Aldrich Museum (1969 May 24), 1969 
4 48
Art opening: Astrith Deyrup (1969 May 7), 1969 
4 49
Associate membership symposium: Philip Roth's Portnoy’s Complaint (1969 May 2), 1969 
4 50
Bookwarming: Paul H. Douglas's In Our Time (1969 Apr 2), 1969 
4 51
Art opening: Buffie Johnson (1969 Apr 1), 1969 
4 52
Art exhibition: Paul Pollaro (1969 Mar 5), 1969 
4 53
Party: Podell home (1969 Mar 4), 1969 
4 54
Art exhibition: Sidney Simon (1969 Feb 5), 1969 
4 55
Bookwarming: Elinor C. Guggenheimer's Planning for Parks and Recreation (1969 Jan 22), 1968-1969 
4 56
Art exhibition: List art posters (1968 Dec 4-1969 Jan 31), 1968-1969 
4 57-58
Bookwarming: Horace Kallen's Liberty, Laughter, and Tears (1968 Nov 12) cancelled, 1968-1969 
4 59
Art exhibition: Robert Conover (1968 Oct-Nov), 1968 
4 60
Art exhibition: Lorrie Goulet (1968 Oct), 1968 
4 61
Bookwarming: Robert M. MacIver (1968 Sep 25), 1968-1969 
4 62
Hirshhorn arts excursion: Richard II (1968 May 25), 1968 
5 1
Art opening: Donald Stacy (1968 May 2), 1968 
5 2
Bookwarming: Jeffrey Loria's What’s It All About, Charlie Brown? (1968 Apr 16), 1968 
5 3
Art opening: Benny Andrews (1968 Apr 3), 1968 

Includes a photographic print of Benny Andrews.

5 4
Bookwarming: Joseph Kaster's Wings of the Falcon (1968 Mar 11), 1968 
5 5
Art opening: Jan Doubrava (1968 Mar 6), 1968 
5 6
Civic leadership tours (Spring), 1968 
5 7
Bookwarming: Harry D. Gideonse (1968 Feb 22), 1968 
5 8
Lecture: Melina Mercouri-- Darkness in My Country (1968 Feb 16), 1968 
5 9
Art reception: Georges Schreiber (1968 Feb 7), 1967-1968 
5 10
Symposium: 1967 theater benefit (1968 Jan 23), 1967-1968 
5 11
Theater benefit: Halfway Up the Tree,  More Stately Mansions (1967 Nov 20-Dec 7), 1967 
5 12-14
Art reception: Astrith Deyrup (1967 Dec 13), 1967-1968 
5 15
Bookwarming: Peter Berger's The Sacred Canopy (1967 Nov 29), 1967-1968 
5 16
Art exhibition: List art posters (1967 Nov 21), 1967-1968 
5 17
Opening event: Why the Hippies? (1967 Nov 14), 1967-1968 
5 18
Art reception: Manfred Schwartz (1967 Nov 1), 1967-1968 
5 19
Bookwarming: Eda LeShan's Conspiracy Against Childhood (1967 Oct 18), 1967 
5 20
Art exhibition: Theo Hios (1967 Sep 27), 1967 
5 21
Bookwarming: Hayes B. Jacobs's Writing and Selling Non-fiction (1967 May 23), 1967 
5 22
Bookwarming: Gerald Sykes's The Cool Millenium (1967 May 9), 1967 
5 23
Tea at home of Mrs. Schneer (1967 Apr 12), 1966-1967 
5 24
Art exhibition: Sylvia Wald (1967 Apr 5), 1967 
5 25
Bookwarming and art exhibition: Anthony Toney's Creative Painting and Drawing (1967 Feb ), 1967 
5 26
Art exhibition: Black and White (1967 Mar), 1967 
5 27
Associates group show: Esther Davis, Esther Gayner, Ethel Hoffman, Nancy Kuller, Hedda Ruder, Louise Saperstein, Donald Simpson (1967 Feb 6), 1967 
5 28
Bookwarming: Robert M. MacIver's Prevention and Control of Delinquency (1967 Jan 31), 1967 
5 29
Tea: Nettie Schneer, Jean Schick Grossman (1967 Jan 11), 1966-1967 
5 30
Art opening: John Grillo (1967 Jan 4), 1966-1967 

Includes three photographic prints.

5 31
Theater benefit: Breakfast at Tiffany’s –  A Joyful Noise (1966 Dec 19), 1966-1967 
5 32-34
Art opening: Lionel Gilbert (1966 Nov 2), 1966 
5 35
Textile exhibition: Astrith Deyrup (1966 Nov 29), 1966-1967 
5 36
Bookwarming: Roger Starr's The Living End (1966 Nov 9), 1966-1967 
5 37
Bookwarming: Martin Gross's The Doctors (1966 Oct 10), 1966 
5 38
Art opening: Sheila Solomon (1966 Oct 5), 1966-1967 
5 39
Fall opening event: Design and fashion (1966 Sep 15), 1966 
5 40
Art exhibition: Saul K. Padover (1963 Dec 23), 1963 
5 41
Art reception: Worden Day (1963 Dec 2), 1963-1964 
5 42
Bookwarming: Jacob Freid (1963 Nov 20), 1963 
5 43
Art exhibition: Minna Citron (1963 Nov 4), 1963 
5 44
Bookwarming: LeRoi Jones (1963 Oct 25), 1963-1964 

File includes drawing of LeRoi Jones (who later changed his name to Amiri Baraka), by Howard Kanovitz, dated 1963.

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Bookwarming: Alvin Johnson (1963 Oct 23), 1963-1964 
5 45
Art exhibition: Mary Urban (1963 Oct 3), 1963 
5 46
Fall opening reception (1963 Sep 16), 1963 
5 47
Spring party (1963 Jun 6), 1963 
6 1
Bookwarming: David Wdowinsky (1963 May 21), 1962-1963 
6 2
Art opening: Norman Carton (1963 May 2), 1963 
6 3
Bookwarming: Rudolf Arnheim (1963 Apr 29), 1963 
6 4
Art opening: Daniel Bernstein (1963 Apr 3), 1962-1963 
6 5
Evening with Robert Zion (1963 Mar 27), 1962-1963 
6 6
Art exhibition: Rose F. Durst, Rae Sturm Rosenblum, Ethel Rosgood (1963 Mar 16), 1962-1963 
6 7
Bookwarming: Horace M. Kallen (1963 Mar 11), 1963 
6 8
Lectures: Edward Downes (1963 Feb 20-27), 1963 
6 9
Art opening: Marian N. Sandor (1963 Feb 5), 1963 
6 10
Evening with Max Lerner (1963 Jan 23), 1962-1964 
6 11-12
Art opening: Barbara Londin (1963 Jan 9), 1963 
6 13
Bookwarming: Robert L. Heilbroner (1963 Jan 4), 1962-1963 
6 14
Evening with Harrison Layton at home of Alma Askin (1962 Dec 11), 1962 
6 15
Art opening: Jeanne Reynal and Thomas Sills (1962 Dec 4), 1962-1963 
6 16
Room exhibition: Betty Waldo Parish (1962 Nov), 1962 
6 17
Evening with Allan Lewis at home of Harrison Layton (1962 Oct 25), 1962 
6 18
Bookwarming: Allan Lewis (1962 Oct 18), 1962 
6 19
Party: Schoenbrod home (1962 Sep 12), 1962 
6 20
Fall opening reception (1962 Sep 17), 1962-1963 
6 21
Tour: Around the world (1962 Jun), 1961-1962 
6 22
Room exhibition: Nan Ronsheim (1962 May), 1962 
6 23
Spring cocktail party (1962 May 15), 1962 
6 24
Room exhibition: Clare Romano and John Ross (1962 Mar), 1962 
6 25
Bookwarming: Julian Levi (1962 Mar 14), 1962 
6 26
Art exhibition: Robert H. Mandel (1962 Feb 5), 1962 
6 27
Bookwarming: De Maria (1962 Feb 1), 1962-1963 
6 28
Concert: Schnabel (1962 Jan 28), 1962 
6 29-30
Room exhibition: David Finn (1962 Jan), 1961-1962 

Includes two photographic prints.

6 31
Reception: Louis Fischer (1962 Jan 3), 1961-1962 
6 32
Trip: The Barnes Foundation, 1961-1962, 1964 
6 33
Room exhibition: Zoltan Rubin (1961 Dec), 1961 
6 34
Reception: Howard Moody (1961 Dec 19), 1961 
6 35
Reception: Henry David (1961 Nov 30), 1961 
6 36
Reception: William Birenbaum and James Gutman (1961 Nov 20), 1961 
6 37
Reception: Mrs. Longstreth and Astrith Deyrup: Browning Calendar (1961 Nov 20), 1961 
6 38
Reception and exhibition: Irma Davis (1961 Oct 9), 1961 
6 39
Fall opening reception (1961 Sep 28), 1961 
6 40
Art exhibition: John J. Myers (1961 May 25), 1961 
6 41
Reception: Henry David (1961 May 14), 1961 
6 42
Art exhibition and reception: Elizabeth Halsey (1961 Apr 3), 1961 
6 43
Art exhibition and reception: Irma Rothstein (1961 Mar 2), 1961 
6 44
Reception: Marion Palfi (1961 Feb 27), 1961 
6 45
Reception: Bernard Phillips (1961 Feb 9), 1961 
6 46
Reception: Saul K. Padover (1961 Feb 8), 1960-1961 
6 47
Art exhibition and reception: Harriet Jonas (1961 Feb 1), 1961 
6 48
Art exhibition: Sara Greenspan (1961 Jan 5), 1961 
6 49
Theater benefit, 1960-1961 

Includes one photographic print of John Gassner and Mrs. Henry Ittleson.

6 50-51
Art exhibition and reception: Jan Peter Stern (1960 Dec 1), 1960 
6 52
Art exhibition and reception: Rae Sturm (1960 Nov 2), 1960 
6 53
Lectures: Alan Watts (1960 Oct 26-Nov 9), 1960 
6 54
Art exhibition and reception: Frederick Serger (1960 Oct 4), 1960 
6 55
Fall opening reception: Jacob M. Kaplan (1960 Sep 25), 1960 
6 56-57
Annual meeting (1960 Apr 25), 1954-1960 
6 58
Art exhibition: David Finn (1960 Mar 18-Apr 15), 1960 
6 59
Reception: Robert MacIver (1960 Mar 16), 1960 
6 60
Bookwarming: Robert Heilbroner (1960 Feb 29), 1959-1960 
6 61
Art exhibition and reception: Nancy Kuller (1960 Feb 23), 1960 
7 1
President's talk: Hans Simon’s report on India (1960 Jan 28), 1960 
7 2
Reception: Michael Scriven (1960 Jan 21), 1960 
7 3
Reception: Mary Urban (1960 Jan 18), 1959-1960 
7 4
Theater benefit: The Sound of Music (1959 Dec 21), 1959 
7 5
Art exhibition: Lilian Feinbaum (1959 Nov 20), 1959 
7 6
Reception: Alan W. Watts (1959 Nov 12), 1959 
7 7
Fall opening event: Reception for Henry David (1959 Sep 27), 1959 
7 8
Art exhibition: Irma Davis (1959 Sep 21), 1959 
7 9
Art exhibition: Franyo Schindler (1959 Feb 22), 1959 
7 10
Reception: Eliot Elisofon (1958 Oct 21), 1958 
7 11
Proposed theater benefit--never held, 1950 
7 12
Reception: Lancelot Law Whyte (1949 Nov 10), 1949 
7 13
Reception: Hans Kohn (1949 Oct 20), 1949 
7 14
Tea: Bryn Hovde (1949 Oct 13), 1949 
7 15
Tea party: Lova Abrahamsen (1949 May 18), 1949 
7 16
Tea: Bryn Hovde (1949 Mar 17), 1949 
7 17
Tea: Bryn Hovde (1949 Feb 17), 1949 
7 18
Art exhibition: 19th and 20th century French paintings from the collection of Mrs. H. Harris Jonas (1949 Feb 1-Mar 19), 1949 

File contains clippings regarding the modern art dinner forum held in conjunction with the exhibition.

7 19
Tea: Bryn Hovde (1949 Jan 14), 1949 
7 20
Tea at home of Mrs. H. Harris Jonas for art staff and Art Committee (1949 Jan 12), 1949 
7 21
Pre-lecture tea: Andrew W. Cordier (1949 Jan 10), 1949 
7 22
Tea: Bryn Hovde (1948 Dec 9), 1948 
7 23
Tea: Bryn Hovde (1948 Nov 11), 1948 
7 24
Reception and tea: Jose Clemente Orozco (1945 Oct 18), 1945 

Includes correspondence from Orozco.

7 25
Art exhibition and reception: Serge Soudeikine (1945 May 10), 1945 
7 26

Dinner forums 1944-1978 

Arranged in ascending chronological order. The scope for the dinner forums was similar to that of the luncheon lectures and comprised of one-day and multiple-day programs. Topics often touched on current affairs and the status of education, international affairs, United States government policies, and the arts.

Box Folder
Open Discussion on Election Issues (1944 Oct 21), 1944 
7 27
The International Outlook (1944 Nov 27), 1944 
7 28
Threats to Inter-American Solidarity (1945 Apr 22), 1945 

Text of lectures will be found in New School Publicity Office records.

7 29
The Implications of the British Election (1945 Sep 25), 1945 
7 30
The Outlook for India (1945 Nov 4), 1945 
7 31
Round tables for fall, 1948 
7 32
The Coming Elections: A Post-election Pre-view (1948 Oct 15), 1948 
7 33
Controversial Issues in Psychoanalysis (1948 Dec 10), 1948 

Text of lectures will be found in New School Publicity Office records.

7 34-35
Will Truman's Program Planning Lead to State Socialism? (1949 Jan 18), 1948-1949 
7 36-37
Modern Art: Acclaimed or Disdained? (1949 Feb 25), 1949 
7 38
Should We Adopt a Compulsory National Health Program? (1949 Mar 24), 1949 
n_6 (legal) 17
Can Business and Government Get Together to Maintain Prosperity? (1949 Oct 21), 1949 

Text of lectures will be found in New School Publicity Office records.

7 39-40
Wilfred May Dinner (1949 Dec 5), 1949 
7 41
Can the U.S. Economy Stand the Cold War? (1952 Nov 9), 1952 
7 42
Fusion or Fission (1953 Jan 29), 1953 
8 1-2
Do We Have a One Party Press? (1953 Mar 1), 1953 
8 3
On Art (1953 Apr 12), 1953 
8 4
Where Is Television Going? (1953 Oct 18), 1953 
8 5
Our Unpopularity Abroad: Do We Deserve It? (1954 Jan 28), 1954 
8 6
Theater: Burgess Meredith, Moderator (1954 Apr 25), 1954 
8 7-9
Modern Management for New York City? (1954 Nov 21), 1954 
8 10-11
The Future of Personal Liberty (1955 Jan 31), 1954-1955 
8 12
Mental Health Forum (1955 May 3), 1955 
8 13-14
Automation: Blessing or Menace? (1955 Nov 5), 1955 
8 15
Education in an Era of Specialization? (1956 Jan 27), 1955-1956 
8 16
The Voter’s Responsibility: Candidate or Party? (1956 Oct 20), 1956 
8 17
Today’s Music: Sources and Trends (1957 Jan 30), 1956-1957 
8 18-9
New York City: A Look Into the Future (1958 Apr 20), 1958 
8 20-21
Off-Broadway Theater: Locality or a State of Mind? (1958 Oct 26), 1958 
8 22-23
Can Our Democracy Be Exported? (1959 Feb 5), 1958-1959 
8 24
What Is the Price of Capitalism's Survival? (1959 Sep 27), 1959 
8 25
Contemporary American Opera (1959 Oct 25), 1959-1960 
8 26
On Architecture (1960 Feb 5), 1959-1960 
8 27
What's Ahead? (1960 Nov 13), 1960-1961 
8 28
Common Markets and the American Trade Polity (1962 Jan 21), 1961-1962 
8 29
9 1
The State of the Arts (1962 Dec 6) 
9 2
Family Life: Are New Patterns Emerging? (1964 Jan 17), 1963-1964 
9 3
Seating list for four dinner panel discussions (1964 Apr-May), 1964 
9 4
The Plight of the New York Theater (1965 Nov 12), 1965 
9 5
Is Our Education System Obsolete? (1966 Mar 18), 1966 
9 6
The Role of Federal Government in NYC Affairs (1966 Dec 9), 1966-1967 

A sound recording of this events exists in the New School Archives.

9 7
Tom Wicker (1968 Oct 4), 1968-1969 
9 8
The Making of a Film (1969 Apr 18) cancelled, 1969 
9 9
Herman Badillo: Can Representative Government Work? (1972 Mar 24), 1972 
9 10
Ralph Buultjens (1973 Apr 26), 1973 
9 11
Donald Fraser (1974 May 6), 1974 

Includes one photographic print.

9 12
Role of United States in World Food Crisis (1975 Jan 2), 1974-1975 
9 13
Women Forecast the Year 2000 (1975 Oct 17), 1975 
9 14
Education (1976 Nov 12), 1976-1977 

Includes one photographic print.

9 15
Age of Breakthroughs: F. M. Esfandiary (1978 Mar 31), 1978 
9 16

Luncheon lectures 1948-1979 

Files are divided between fall and spring semesters and contain correspondence, attendee lists, contracts and financial records, press releases and other printed material such as invitations and programs.

Box Folder
Fall semester 1951-1979 
Hans Simons Luncheon Lectures, 1951-1955 

These lectures appear to have been held annually during the fall semester.

10 15-19
Molders of the Modern World series (1960), 1960-1961 
9 17-18
Co-existence: What Does It Mean? (1961), 1961 
9 19
The World, the United Nations, and Enlightened Self-interest (1962), 1962 
9 20
Europe Resurgent (1963), 1963 
9 21-22
Must 40 Million Americans Be Poor? (1964), 1964-1965 

Includes one photographic print.

9 23-24
People and Politics (1965), 1965 
9 25
Foreign Correspondents View 1967 (1966), 1966 

A sound recording of this event exists in the New School Archives.

10 1
Questions We Ask (1967), 1967-1968 
10 2
A New Look at Europe (1968), 1968-1969 
10 3
World Revolution in Black and White (1969), 1969-1970 
10 4
Fire in the Middle East (1970), 1970 

Includes three photographic prints.

10 5
Presidential Election 1972 (1971), 1971-1972 
10 6
US Foreign Policy: The New Look (1972), 1972-1973 
10 7
Cultural Revolution (1973), 1973-1974 
10 8
New Look at Western Europe (1974), 1974 
10 9
Edith Sommerich Lectures: The Great Founders (1975), 1975 
10 10
Electing a President: 1976 (1976), 1976 
10 11
New York Views the Future (1977), 1977-1978 
10 12
New World of Investment (1977), 1977-1978 

10 13
Assault on Privacy (1978), 1978-1979 
n_6 (legal) 18
Cults, Religion and Society (1979), 1978-1979 
10 14
Spring semester 1948-1978 
Adult Education series (Winter 1954-1955), 1954-1955 

Includes files on attendance, finance, and publicity.

10 20-22
Are Women Meeting the Challenges of Today? (1949 Apr-May), 1948-1949 

Includes one photographic print of Eleanor Roosevelt.

10 23-25
Eduard Lindeman Lecture series 1951-1978 

Named for Eduard C. Lindeman, author of The Meaning of Adult Education. The series sprang from a predecessor series, “Modern Woman’s Dilemma.”

Chronological by year (1952-1955, 1960-1963), 1951-1963 
10 26-38
11 1
Social Problem #1 (1964), 1963-1964 
11 2-3
As the Overseas Press Sees It (1964), 1964 
11 4
Crucial Issues of Our Times (1965), 1964-1965 
11 5
Crisis in Democracy (1966), 1965-1966 
11 6
Global Problems Affecting the US and Vice Versa (Hans Simons and Saul K. Padover) (1967), 1966-1967 
11 7
Our Graduate Faculty Looks Ahead (1968), 1967-1968 
11 8
Revolution in Life Sciences (1969), 1968-1969 
11 9
The Establishment: Use and Misuse of Power (1970), 1969-1970 
11 10
Present Shock: Society in Turmoil (1971), 1970-1971 
11 11
Crime and Punishment (1972), 1971-1972 
11 12
Is Our Political System Obsolete? (1973), 1972-1973 

Includes one photographic print.

11 13
America in Flux (1974), 1973-1974 
11 14
Live Issues (1975), 1974-1975 
11 15
Has Democracy Broken Down? (1976), 1975-1976 
11 16
Aspects of International Culture (1977), 1976-1977 
11 17
A New Look at Capitalism (1978), 1977-1978 
11 18
Erich Fromm series, 1955-1959 
11 19
Modern Woman's Dilemma (1950), 1949-1950 

Includes speeches, and folders titled, "Official folder" and "Working folder."

11 20-23
Women and Money series, 1949, 1957-1971 

This series appears to have been held annually in January. Alternatively titled "Women and Their Money" and "Women and Finance." Includes one photographic print.

11 24-35

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