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Guide to the Ethical Culture Society of Los Angeles Collection, 1946-1986
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Ethical Culture Society of Los Angeles Collection
    Dates: 1946-1986
    Identification: URB/ECSLA
    Creator: Ethical Culture Society of Los Angeles
    Physical Description: 3.32 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: The Ethical 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 movement.

    Historical Note:

    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.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records

    Topical Term:

    Ethical Culture Movement

    Administrative Information

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Ethical Culture Society Files, 1946 -1980
        Subseries A: Addresses and Newsletters from Regional and Unknown Chapters, 1946-1980
            Subseries 1: Baltimore Ethical Society, 1979
            Subseries 2: Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, 1974, 1979, 1993
            Subseries 3: Ethical Culture Society of Long Island, 1958, 1965, 1986
            Subseries 4: Ethical Culture Society of Los Angeles, 1966-1967, 1975, 1982
            Subseries 5: New York Society for Ethical Culture, 1946-1982
            Subseries 6: Ethical Society of Northern Westchester, 1975
            Subseries 7: Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1975, 1985
            Subseries 8: Ethical Culture Society of Queens, 1976
            Subseries 9: Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 1965-1982
            Subseries 10: Washington Ethical Society, 1967, 1971
            Subseries 11: Unknown Chapter – No Location Specified, 1948, 1963-1981
        Subseries B: Related Addresses and Publications, 1946-1980
        Subseries C: Text Fragments, 1960-1966
    Series II: American Ethical Union Files, 1966-1986
        Subseries A: Addresses, 1971-1986
        Subseries B: Publications, 1966-1983

    Scope and Contents

    The Ethical Culture Society of Los Angeles Collection includes material produced and/or assembled by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Ethical Culture Society. The bulk of the collection consists of over 450 public addresses and newsletters presented at the weekly meetings of the Ethical Culture Society of New York and various regional chapters. It also contains periodicals, serials, and printed material produced by members from various chapters of the Ethical Culture Society and the American Ethical Union. The collection is divided into two series, Ethical Culture Society Files (1946 -1980) and American Ethical Union Files (1966-1986).
    Series I, Ethical Culture Society Files, include addresses, newsletters, papers, text fragments, and printed material related to the Ethical Culture Society originating from various regional chapters. This series is divided into three subseries: Addresses and Newsletters from Regional and Unknown Chapters (1946-1980), Related Addresses and Publications (1946-1980), and Text Fragments (1960-1966). Addresses and Newsletters from Regional and Unknown Chapters is further divided into regional chapters. The material is arranged alphabetically by the name of the specific regional chapter. Within the specific regional chapter, the material is arranged alphabetically by author/presenter, and chronologically where there are multiple works by the same author/presenter. The material is arranged by title where there is no author/presenter and chronologically where there is no title and author/presenter.
    Series II, American Ethical Union Files, contains materials created by the parent organization of the Ethical Culture Society, the American Ethical Union. The series includes addresses, newsletters, journal publications, magazines books. The materials are separated into two subseries: Addresses (1971-1986), and Publications (1966-1982).