Finding Aid for the Sally Naiditch recordings of "The Monday Night Class", 1963-1977

Processed by Gloria Gonzalez with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, July 2012; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Sally Naiditch recordings of "The Monday Night Class"
Date (inclusive): 1963-1977
Collection number: 1970
Creator: Naiditch, Sally Anais.
Extent: 4.5 linear ft.
Abstract: The Monday Night Class was made up of professionals and their spouses who wished to continue their education in the humanities and social sciences. Members of the group included physicians, phychiatrists, dentists, business people and people associated with the entertainment indusctry. The group first formed in the 1950s by Munn Feinberg, and Sally Anais Naiditch had responsibility for the expansion and adminstration of the group from 1963 until the mid-1970s. Lectures were held in the homes of members, usually starting at the Naiditch household in Los Angeles. In addition to organizing the lectures, Sally also recorded the sessions. The collection is made up of an estimated 168 reel-to-reel and cassette tape audio recordings of lectures.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Copyright of portions of this collection has been assigned to the UCLA Library Special Collections. The library can grant permission to publish for materials to which it holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or quote must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian, Library Special Collections. Credit shall be given as follows: The Regents of the University of California on behalf of the UCLA Library Special Collections.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Leon and Paul Naiditch, 2012.

Processing Note

Processed by Gloria Gonzalez with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, July 2012.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sally Naiditch recordings of "The Monday Night Class" (Collection Number 1970). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography/History

During the 1950s, Munn Feinberg established a weekly intellectual meeting with the aim of furthering education of a group of local physicians, dentists, businessmen, and other professionals in the Los Angeles area. Known informally as "The Monday Night Class," the lectures ranged in topics from American foriegn policy and international affairs to literature and philosophy. From 1963 until the mid 1970s the class was expanded and administrated by Sally Anais Naiditch (1921-2002), who was responsible for seeking out lecturers and often times hosting the class, which moved around to the homes of different members. Naiditch documented this unusual educational opprotunity for accomplished professionals in Los Angeles by audio recording the lectures and discussions using mostly reel-to-reel format.

Scope and Content

The collection is made up of an estimated 168 reel-to-reel and cassette tape audio recordings of lectures on topics ranging from world affairs and American foreign policy to literature and philosophy. Most lectures pertain to the humanities and social sciences. Specific topics are descriped in the scope and content note of each folder; lecture subjects include international relations, religion, culture, political policy and philosophy, European and American history, art, literature, and aesthetics. Each reel-to-reel audio tape recording contains multiple lectures, and the materials are arranged in chronological order.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Naiditch, Sally Anais --Archives.

Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

Sally Naiditch recordings of "The Monday Night Class"


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Hitchcock, Bill February-December 1963

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on China, Renaissance: Dante and Architecture, Renaissance: Neo-Platonism and Petrarch, and Great Books I-III: Plato, Antigone, Aristotle
Box 1, Folder 2

Winter, William March-May 1964

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on China, Latin America, the Middle East, Malaya, Singapore, Japan, Ping Ferry and Africa
Box 1, Folder 3

Hitchcock, Bill June-December 1964

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Lectures on Egypt, inculding the topics of Areopagitica and Wealth of Nations
Box 1, Folder 4

Winter, William; Devi, Indra; Hitchcock, Bill and Hickman, Martin March 1964-May 1965

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on interpreting world affairs, India, Pakistan, Cashmir, Russia, Poland, Egypt, thinking about international relations, and American Foreign Policy
Box 2, Folder 1

Hitchcock, Bill and Durbin, James August 1964-January 1965

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on the Federalist Papers, Tocqueville, the American Constitution and Declaration of Independence, Egypt, Aristotle, Epictetus, and the Gospel According to St. Matthew
Box 2, Folder 2

Hirchcock, Bill January-April 1965

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Tocqueville, The Communist Manifesto, civil disobedience, Thoreau, Tolstoy, Ecclesiastes, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonnus, Homer's Odyssey and Plato's Meno
Box 2, Folder 3

Hitchcock, Bill April-June 1965

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Plato's Meno (cont.), Hamlet, Descartes, Hobbes, and Pascal
Box 2, Folder 4

Hickman, Martin October-December 1965

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Foreign policy, Etzioni, Senator Fulbright, Changing Homer, Etzioni, writing to your senator, the Vietnam situation, disarmament, and World Affairs
Box 3, Folder 1

Contelon, John January -March 1966

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Religion and culture, Paul Tillich's The Courage to Be, the Protestant Era, Martin Buber, and four existential philosophers
Box 3, Folder 2

Yonker, Dolores and Kaplan, Ralph April-May 1966

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Language of color in Pre-Columbian Art, the two Chinas: Formosa and Red China, Japan, Vietnam, Split countries, the Isms, and Germany
Box 3, Folder 3

Mayer, Fred and Durbin, James June-October 1966

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on the two faces of Germany, Thoreau, William James, Our troubled youth, Waiting for Godo, Zoo story, and the American dream
Box 3, Folder 4

Durbin, James; Tierney, Lennox; Mayer, Fred; Carlson, Elof and Freed, Donald October 1966-Feburary 1967

Scope and Content Note

Pinter's birthday party, slides and discussion of TV program on Albert Schweitzer with Fred Mayer, and lectures on the basic concepts of East and West, the importance of Existentialism, Genetics and Man's future, Malamud's The Assistant, Buber and the existentialists
Box 4, Folder 1

Hitchcock, Bill; Tierney, Lennox; Durbin, James and Freed, Donald June 1964-April 1967

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Machiavelli's Prince, Macbeth, Milton's Areopagitica, Tea Ceremony, Nature, Gardens, Charles Gordone's No Place to Be Somebody, Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, Modern anthropology, and Charles DeGaulle
Box 4, Folder 2

Cantelon, John; Kaplan, Ralph; Mayer, Fred and Freed, Donald January 1966-March 1967

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Religion and culture, Israel, Yemon, Jordan, the American spirit, Religious Foundations, Modern anthropology, and "Is God Dead?"
Box 4, Folder 3

Wolfenstein, Victor; Schoenbach, Morris; Chambers, Mortimer and Durbin, James May-November 1967

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Winston Churchill, Woodrow Wilson, The American character, Rome: republic, decline and fall, Sam Beckett's End Game, and Nathanael West's Day of the Locust
Box 4, Folder 4

Schoenbach, Morris and Chambers, Mortimer July-October 1967

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Left and Right Extremists, Alexis De Tocqueville, Civil Rights, Rome, Civil War, and Roman Historians: Tacitus and Livy
Box 5, Folder 1

Freed, Donald; Wolfenstein, Victor; Nyomeray, Joseph; Wilson, William and Chambers, Mortimer April 1967-May 1968

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on the peace march, Triple revolution, Gandhi, Russian foreign policy, subjectivity and colloquialism in art, mysticism and space: contemporary art, and the legacy of Greece
Box 5, Folder 2

Durbin, James; Nyomeray, Joseph and Chambers, Mortimer November 1967-March 1968

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Camus' Caligula, Bellowes' Seize the Day, Russia, Totalitarianism, Yugoslavia, Communism, World of Horace and Self-governing states
Box 5, Folder 3

Chambers, Mortimer; Wilson, William; Scoble, Harry and Wolfenstein, Victor April-November 1968

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Greece History, the spirit of Philosophy, Heroism in Art, playfulness and perversity, Political Science, Malcolm X and Psycological examinations of Max Weber and Lenin
Box 5, Folder 4

Scoble, Harry; Durbin, James; Bellon, Stephen; Tabibian, Jivan and Sackett, James October 1968-June 1969

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Political Science, polls and politics, Norman Mailer's Why Are We In Vietnam, Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, Anthropology and Archaeology
Box 6, Folder 1

Winter, William; Durbin, James and Bengelsdorf, Irving December 1968-Feburary 1969

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Lectures on Contemporary World Events: Germany, Earth, Sky, and Water, Israel, Stoppard's Rosenkrantz and Guilderstern, Molecular Biology: Genetics, and Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night's Dream
Box 6, Folder 2

Durbin, James; Tabibian, Jivan; Sacket, James and Tanner, Paul March-December 1969

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Lectures on Modern fiction, Revolutionaries, Nationalism, Archaeological digs in south France, and Jazz
Box 6, Folder 3

Stanbrook, Edward; Tanner, Paul and Burwick, Fred June 1969-April 1970

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Psychotherapy: violent behavior, the Changing Self, Jazz, Rock and Roll: Elvis Presley to today, hypnosis, Aldous Huxley's Antic Hay, Thomas Love Peacock's Nightmare Abbey and Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies and Black Mischief
Box 6, Folder 4

Tanner, Paul; Krinsky, Fred; Durbin, James and Winter, William July 1969-March 1971

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Jazz, Swing, American Foreign Policy, Campus Rebellion, Jules Feiffer's Little Murders, Israel, and Current News: Pakistan
Box 7, Folder 1

Krinsky, Fred; Winter, William; Burwick, Fredrick; Durbin, James and Bellon, Stephen January 1970-March 1972

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Realities of Today, From Manila, Satire of Ideas, Joseph Heller's We Bombed in New Haven, Vladimir Nabokov's Pnin, Arthur Clarke's Childhood's End, Harold Pinter's Landscape and Silence, and contemporary theater: Burgess' Clockwork Orange and Orton's Loot
Box 7, Folder 2

Lagerberg, Don; Wolfenstein, Victor and Bellon, Stephen April 1971-January 1972

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Ashcan art, the Armory era, Primitives, Precisionists (Georgia O'Keeffe), the 1930s (Ben Shahn), American scene painters, Norman Rockwell, Political folksongs and blues, Leadbelly, Contemporary Singers: Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, Ionesco's Exit the King , and Vian's Empire Builders
Box 7, Folder 3

Bellon, Stephen; Hobbs, Douglas and Baum, Richard January-June 1972

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Contemporary Theater, Brecht's Galileo, Berrigan's Trial of the Catonsville, Mischna's The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, the Supreme Court on Religion, the Meaning of a summary Avant Garde Theater, and Scrutinizing the Inscrutable: China
Box 7, Folder 4

Bellon, Stephen; Hobas, Douglas; Baum, Richard and Semere, Mario April-October 1972

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Albee's A Delicate Balance, the Surpreme Court, Freedom of Speech, China after the Revolution, Picasso and Matisse
Box 8, Folder 1

Boyce, Richard; Boskin, Joseph; LaRue, Gerald; Winter, William and Dallek, Robert January 1973-January 1974

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on sculpture, violence and the Watergate prediction, Old Testament: creation theory, and American Foreign Policy; also includes an interview by Wendy Naiditch
Box 8, Folder 2

Boyce, Richard; LaRue, Gerald; Boskin, Joseph; Haag, Robert and Dalleck, Robert January 1973-Feburary 1974

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Sculpture, the Book of Daniel, Lamentations, Benjamin Britton, War Requiem, American Foreign Policy, Vietnam and the Roosevelt Era: Judism
Box 8, Folder 3

Dalleck, Robert; Hutter, Albert; Hoxie, Albert and Stern, Aaron Feburary-October 1974

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on American Foreign Policy, Joan Dideon's Play It as It Lays, French cateaux and villas, German gardens, and Psychoanalysis
Box 8, Folder 4

Hutter, Albert and O'Hanlin, Father Daniel April 1974

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Dickens, Forster, Passage to India, Shakespeare and Hamlet
Box 9, Folder 1

Hoxie, Albert; Hutter, Albert and Thompson, Laurence April 1974-January 1975

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Italy: Palaces, Villas and Castles, English chatequx, gardens and villas, Charles Dickens, Scott Momaday, Buddhism, China, Confucianism and Taoism
Box 9, Folder 2

Thompson, Richard Dodge; Hutter, Albert and Ray, Eric May 1975-April 1976

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on China, American literature, Shakespeare, J.D. Salinger, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Myer's The Solution, and Dickens' Mystery of Edwin Drood
Box 9, Folder 3

Dodge, Richard; Ray, Eric; Winter, William and Bellon Robert May 1975-January 1977

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Emily Dickenson; Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Eliot's Prufrock, Orwell's Animal Farm, Africa, Equus and Robert Patrick's
Box 9, Folder 4

Bellon, Stephen and Semere, Mario Feburary-May 1977

Scope and Content Note

Lectures on Robert Patrick's Kennedy's Children, Roman art, Egypt, and Equus; also includes an interview with Tom Stoppard