Finding Aid for the Marcella Scott Krisel Collection of Lectures by Alan Watts in Los Angeles, ca. 1950-1969

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
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Finding Aid for the Marcella Scott Krisel Collection of Lectures by Alan Watts in Los Angeles, ca. 1950-1969

Collection number: 558

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff, January 1998
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, August 2002 and Amy Shung-Gee Wong, March 2004
© 2000 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Marcella Scott Krisel Collection of Lectures by Alan Watts in Los Angeles,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1950-1969
Collection number: 558
Creator: Krisel, Marcella Scott
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Repository: 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 of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

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  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Marcella Krisel, 1994.

Preferred Citation

[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.

Biography

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.

Indexing Terms

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.
Philosophers--United States.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Sacred and Profane Love, A Swinging Christianity, Life is a Game, The Double Bind, Pitfalls of the Ego.

Box 1, Folder 2

Meditation.

Box 1, Folder 3

Discipline, The Square, miscellaneous notes [John Cage noted on cover].

Box 1, Folder 4

The Unspeakable Experience.

Box 1, Folder 5

Psychotherapy and the Problem of Pain.

Box 1, Folder 6

The Way Beyond the West, The Supreme Identity, The Paradox, Miscellaneous notes.

Box 1, Folder 7

Zen Aesthetics and Ethics.

Box 1, Folder 8

Marvelous Labyrinth.

Box 1, Folder 9

Zen and Psychotherapy.

Box 1, Folder 10

Zen and the Discipline of the Will.

Box 1, Folder 11

Time the Devourer, Miscellaneous notes.

Physical Description: [BOX NOT FULL].