Scope and arrangement
Included in the records are letters written by notable persons to Robert E. Ely, director of The League for Political Education, which was the parent organization and founder of The Town Hall. There are also correspondence, dossiers, preliminary records sheets, and brief biographies relating to proposed memorial chairs in The Town Hall auditorium and to lectureships and foundations to bee endowed in the names of prominent deceased persons; correspondence and papers, late 1930-1950, of the Concert Department including lease registers and appointments books, statistics engagement details, financial reports, box office material. Also to be found are correspondence and papers, 1940s and 1950s of the Short Courses Division consisting of transcripts f lectures and workshops material; correspondence, 1930s, 1940s, of the Music Department; and correspondence and papers, cl935-1956, of the radio wing of The Town Hall, America's Town Meeting of the Air. These papers include general correspondence, letters from listeners, advance program correspondence, inter-office memoranda, audience rail reports, speakers' aid material, correspondence of the director of radio...
The Town Hall, Inc. records are arranged in five series:
104 audio disks (78 rpm) and 24 open reel tape copies of twelve lectures from Town Hall's short courses on mental heath. Present are the full eight lectures from the series "Psychiatry and You" given in the spring of 1949 and four of the lectures from the fall 1949 series, "Psychiatry and Personal Relations". Prominent lecturers included Erich Fromm, Lawrence Kubie, and Margaret Mead. Among the topics covered were alcoholism, mental illness, physical disabilities, male- female relations, and psychiatric services.
Original disks and open reel tapes are not available for public use. Consult the archivist on duty to arrange for service cassettes to be created for use in the reading room.
Transcripts are available in Box 187 for the lectures by Erich Fromm, Lawrence Kubie, Frederick H. Allen, and Leo H. Bartemeier. [There are also transcripts of the remaining lectures in the "Psychiatry and Personal Relations" series and later mental health short courses, 1950-1953].