Culture Society of Los Angeles Collection
includes an assemblage of addresses,
newsletters, and printed material from various Ethical Culture Society regional chapters and
its parent organization, The American Ethical Union. The material covers social and
political topics on a national and global scale in the philosophical context of the humanist
The Ethical Culture Society was founded in 1876 by Dr. Felix Adler (1851-1933) as a new
movement to further the advancement of social justice for all. The Ethical Culture Society
of Los Angeles (ECSLA) was a regional chapter of the national organization. Citing dwindling
membership and the lack of leadership succession, the ECSLA chapter was disbanded in 2007.
The Society is aligned with the Humanist Movement and stresses adherence to ethical
principles, the inherent worth of the individual, and the responsibility of doing good in
the world. The spread of the Ethical Culture Movement resulted in the establishment of over
twenty-eight societies and fellowships in communities throughout the United States with a
strong involvement in the social and political events of the day.
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of
this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.
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The collection is open for research use.