Scope and Content
Title: Marcella Scott Krisel Collection of Lectures by Alan Watts in Los Angeles,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1950-1969
Collection number: 558
Krisel, Marcella Scott
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Alan Wilson Watts (1915-1973) was a professor of comparative philosophy (1951-57), dean (1953-56), and writer and lecturer
(1956-73) at the University of the Pacific, Academy of Asian Studies in San Francisco. He helped popularize Zen Buddhism in
the U.S., was an author, and a presentor of radio lectures in syndication. The collection consists of notes of seminars and
lectures given by Alan Watts in the Los Angeles area, transcribed by Marcella Scott Krisel from shorthand notes, typed, and
in paper binders.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department
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Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of Marcella Krisel, 1994.
[Identification of item], Marcella Scott Krisel Collection of Lectures by Alan Watts in Los Angeles (Collection 558). Department
of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Alan Wilson Watts was born on January 6, 1915 in Chislehurst, England; edited
The Middle Way (London, 1934-8); became member of council of the executive committee, World Congress of Faiths (1937-9); came to the U.S.
in 1938; was ordained an Anglican priest, 1944; became a religious counselor at Northwestern University (1944-50), where he
began to question the linearity of thought in Christianity; he became professor of comparative philosophy (1951-57), dean
(1953-56), and writer and lecturer (1956-73) at the University of the Pacific, Academy of Asian Studies, San Francisco; became
director of Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life series for National Educational television (1959-60, 1961), as well as author and
presentor of radio lectures in syndication; helped popularize Zen Buddhism in the U.S.; president, Society for Comparative
Philosophy; published books include
Outline of Zen Buddhism (1933),
Myth and Ritual in Christianity (1953),
The Way of Liberation in Zen Buddhism (1955), and
Psychotherapy East and West (1961); he died on November 16, 1973.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of notes of seminars and lectures given by Alan Watts in the Los Angeles area, transcribed by Marcella
Scott Krisel from shorthand notes, typed, and in paper binders. Lecture subjects include sacred and profane love, meditation,
discipline, the unspeakable experience, psychotherapy and the problem of pain, the way beyond the West, Zen aesthetics and
ethics, marvelous labyrinth, Zen and psychotherapy, Zen and the discipline of the will, and time the devourer.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Krisel, Marcella Scott--Archives.
Watts, Alan, 1915-1973.