Finding Aid for the Lawrence Morton Collection of Materials Relating to the Monday Evening Concerts, 1950-1971

Processed by Dan Luckenbill; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé
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
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Lawrence Morton Collection of Materials Relating to the Monday Evening Concerts, 1950-1971

Collection number: 965

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:
Dan Luckenbill, June 1975
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, April 2002
© 2002 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Lawrence Morton Collection of Materials Relating to the Monday Evening Concerts,
Date (inclusive): 1950-1971
Collection number: 965
Creator: Morton, Lawrence, 1904-1987
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.) 6 oversize boxes
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Lawrence Morton (1904-1987) played the organ for silent movies and studied in New York before moving to Los Angeles, California, in 1940. He was the executive director of Evenings on the Roof (later renamed Monday Evening Concerts) from 1952-71. The collection consists of concert programs, 6 scrapbooks, and correspondence of composers related to the Monday Evening Concerts of Los Angeles, 1955-67.
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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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lawrence Morton, 1974.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lawrence Morton Collection of Materials Relating to the Monday Evening Concerts (Collection 965). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Morton was born in 1904; he played the organ for silent movies and studied in New York before moving to Los Angeles, California, in 1940; wrote music criticism for Script magazine; executive director, Evenings on the Roof (later renamed Monday Evening Concerts), 1952-71; director of the Ojai Music Festival; as curator of music at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, he staged several Bing Concerts each year; he died in 1987.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of concert programs, 6 scrapbooks, and correspondence of composers related to the Monday Evening Concerts of Los Angeles, 1955-67.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Morton, Lawrence, 1904-1987--Archives.
Monday Evening Concerts of Los Angeles--Archives.
Concerts--California--Los Angeles.
Scrapbooks.

Related Material

  • Monday Evening Concerts [oral history transcript] / Lawrence Morton, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1966. Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
  • Lawrence Morton Papers (Collection 1522). Available at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.

Container List

 

Biographical Material, etc.

 

Items About LM

 

Publication Material

Box 143, Folder 9

Un-American Activities in California 1948. Communist Front Organizations. 1948.

Scope and Content Note

LM mentioned: American Russian Institute, etc.
Box 143, Folder 10

UCLA 4 million catalog, edited by Dan Luckenbill. 1979.

 

Los Angeles County Musuem

 

Publication Material

Box 143, Folder 11

Article by LM about Monday Evening Concerts. In: Museum News. January 1967.

 

Correspondence, etc.

 

Alphabetical Files

 

[Add in]

Box -

O [nothing filed].

Box -

Q [nothing filed].

Box 137, Folder 3

A. 1975-1986.

Note

Scope and Content Note

Photographs and enclosures in some files. Cardfile files already processed. Includes letter from: John Addison.
Box 137, Folder 4

Arnold, Anna Bing. 1967-1984 and n.d.

Box 137, Folder 5

B. 1960s-1980s.

Scope and Content Note

Includes item about Pierre Boulez and Schoenberg, letter from Sol Babitz.
Box 137, Folder 6

C.

Box 137, Folder 7

Christlieb: Catalog.

Box 137, Folder 8

Clyne, Micha. 1985-1986.

Box 137, Folder 9

D. 1972-1985.

Box 137, Folder 10

Dahl, Ingolg. 1980s primarily.

Box 137, Folder 11

E. 1976-1978.

Box 137, Folder 12

F. 1978-1985.

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters and photographs from / about Lukas Foss.
Box 137, Folder 13

G. 1980s primarily.

Box 137, Folder 14

Gold, Tamara Hovey. 1955-1982, n.d.

Box 137, Folder 15

H. 1964-1986.

Scope and Content Note

Includes postcards from and material about Marilyn Horne. [No Lou Harrison materials].
Box 138, Folder 1

I. 1944, 1982, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Includes Frances Yates's recollections of playing Ives premiere (1940) and Otto Klemperer attending.
Box 138, Folder 2

J. 1983.

Box 138, Folder 3

K. ca. 1979-1983, n.d.

Box 138, Folder 4

Kandinsky: Der gelbe klang. 1982.

Scope and Content Note

Performance at the Guggenheim, New York City.
Box 138, Folder 5

L. 1982-1987.

Scope and Content Note

All are letters from Phillip Lehrman.
Box 138, Folder 6

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 1964-1986.

Box 138, Folder 7

M. 1950-1983.

Box 138, Folder 8

Martindale, G. 1971-1981.

Note

Extensive file.
Box 138, Folder 9

Millard, Charles. 1975-1985, n.d.

Box 138, Folder 10

Moss, Lawrence. 1962-1979, n.d.

Box 138, Folder 12

N. 1979-1986.

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters from Marni Nixon.
Box 138, Folder 13

Noon, David. 1979-1986.

Box 138, Folder 14

Ojai Festivals.

Box 138, Folder 15

Photographs, miscellaneous.

Box 138, Folder 16

P.

Scope and Content Note

Includes letter from and photograph of Andre Previn.
Box 138, Folder 17

R. 1950-1983.

Box 138, Folder 18

Recommendations for grants. 1974-1986.

Box 138, Folder 19

S. 1967-1985.

Scope and Content Note

Includes cards, letters from Nicolas Slonimsky, Leo Smit. Includes information about Aaron Coplan, Stravinsky, Schoenberg.
Box 138, Folder 20

T. 1985-1987, n.d.

Box 138, Folder 21

Thomas, Michael Tilson. 1969-1983.

Box 138, Folder 22

U. 1973-1986.

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters from persons at: UCLA, University of California at San Diego, USC.
Box 138, Folder 23

Universal Edition, A.G. 1955-1970.

Box 139, Folder 1

U-V. 1985, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Includes University of California Press (Doris Kretschmer) letter rejecting LM's MEC documentary (1985).
Box 139, Folder 2

V. 1968.

Scope and Content Note

Letters from John Vinton about Stravinsky article.

Note

See also letters from Eric Salzman filed under S.
Box 139, Folder 3

Vanderhoef, Bill. 1953-1972, n.d.

Box 139, Folder 4

W. 1961-1985.

Scope and Content Note

Includes letter from William Weaver.
Box 139, Folder 5

Wallace, James. 1960-1985.

Box 139, Folder 6

X-Y-Z. 1984, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

All material is from or about Frances Mullen Yates.
 

Manuscript Material(?)

Box 138, Folder 11

Mozart. n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Notes, drafts by LM or collected by him.
 

General

 

[Add in]

 

Drafts Materials

Box 141, Folder 13

Responses on notable occasions. 1970s-1980s.

Scope and Content Note

About Schoenberg, etc.
 

Presentation Materials

Box 141, Folder 14

Speeches. 1944-1960s(?).

Physical Description: Primarily typescripts.
 

Publication Material

Box 141, Folder 12

Press notices about LM. 1950s-1980s.

 

Honors

 

Laurel Leaf Award

 

Publicity Material

Box 141, Folder 18

Photos, articles, etc. 1966.

Scope and Content Note

American Composers Alliance.
 

Memorial Items

 

Tributes

 

Publication Material

Box 140, Folder 8

Lawrence Morton Rememberd. 1987.

Scope and Content Note

Concert series in his honor: Monday Evening Concerts, Los angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Ojai Festival.
 

Music Collected

 

Various

 

Catalog Material

Box 144

Entries on cards.

Physical Description: [Oversize Box - shoebox].
 

Music Collected(?)

 

Various

Box 143

Scores, etc.

 

Musical and Other Writings

 

Letters to the Press

 

Publication Material

Box 141, Folder 19

Clippings. 1949-1980s.

 

Musical Board(?)

 

Monday Evening Concerts

 

Working Materials

Box 140, Folder 5

Correspondence, reports, agreements, Los Angeles County Museum. 1980s.

Physical Description: Copies.
 

Musical Direction

 

Evenings on the Roof

 

Organizational Material

Box 131, Folder 1

Agreements, clippings, etc. 1946-1948.

Box 131, Folder 2

Reports. 1941-1950 (inclusive).

 

Production Material

Box 130, Folder 1

Programs. April-September 1939.

Scope and Content Note

First six months. Morton was not director until 1954 September. These programs were assembled by him for research and writing.
Box 130, Folder 2

Programs. October 1939-September 1940.

Box 130, Folder 3

Programs. November 1940-November 1941.

Box 130, Folder 4

Programs. 1942 Season.

Box 130, Folder 5

Programs. 1943 Calendar year.

Box 130, Folder 6

Programs. January-May 1944.

Box 130, Folder 7

Programs. 1944-1945 Season.

Box 130, Folder 8

Programs. 1945-1946 Season.

Box 130, Folder 9

Programs. 1946-1947 Season.

Box 130, Folder 10

Programs. 1947-1948 Season and four concerts by New Friends of Old Music.

Box 130, Folder 11

Programs. 1948-1949 Season.

Box 130, Folder 12

Programs. 1949-1950 Season.

Box 130, Folder 13

Programs. 1950-1951 Season. Also extra(?) programs.

Box 130, Folder 14

Programs. 1951-1952.

Box 130, Folder 15

Programs. 1953-1954.

Physical Description: Some are photocopies(?).
Box 130, Folder 15

Programs. 1952-1953.

Box 131, Folder 3

Programs (kept separately by LM). 1953-1954.

 

Research and Ephemeral Material

Box 131, Folder 4

Invitations, notes, etc. v.d.

Note

Collected and foldered by LM.
Box 131, Folder 5

Mailings, typed notes, etc. v.d.

Scope and Content Note

Includes typescript: Biography of our concert halls, ticket prices, concert dates, etc.
Box 131, Folder 6

Tickets and ticket stubs. v.d.

Scope and Content Note

Seem to be post 1947, at least one ticket with n.d. and could be earlier.
 

Monday Evening Concerts

 

Production Material

Box 132, Folder 1

Programs. 1954-1955.

Scope and Content Note

These were assembled for LM's research and writing.

Note

For further records of his involvement in the operations of MEC, consult Collection 965.
Box 132, Folder 2

Programs. 1955-1956.

Box 132, Folder 3

Programs. 1956-1957.

Box 132, Folder 4

Programs. 1957-1958.

Box 132, Folder 5

Programs. 1958-1959.

Box 132, Folder 6

Programs. 1959-1960.

Box 132, Folder 7

Programs. 1960-1961.

Box 132, Folder 8

Programs. 1961-1962.

Box 132, Folder 9

Programs. 1962-1963.

Box 133, Folder 1

Programs. 1963-1964.

Box 133, Folder 2

Programs. 1964-1965.

Box 133, Folder 3

Programs. 1965-1966.

Box 133, Folder 4

Programs. 1966-1967.

Box 133, Folder 5

Programs. 1967-1968.

Box 133, Folder 6

Programs. 1968-1969.

Box 133, Folder 7

Programs. 1969-1970.

Box 133, Folder 8

Programs. 1970-1971.

Box 133, Folder 9

Programs. 1971-1972.

Box 134, Folder 1

Programs. 1972-1973.

Box 134, Folder 2

Programs. 1973-1974.

Box 134, Folder 3

Programs. 1974-1975.

Box 134, Folder 4

Programs. 1975-1976.

Box 134, Folder 5

Programs. 1976-1977.

Box 134, Folder 6

Programs. 1977-1978.

Box 134, Folder 7

Programs. 1978-1979.

Box 135, Folder 1

Programs. 1979-1980.

Box 135, Folder 2

Programs. 1980-1981.

Box 135, Folder 3

Programs. 1981-1982.

Box 135, Folder 4

Programs. 1982-1983.

Box 135, Folder 5

Programs. 1983-1984.

 

Working Materials

Box 141, Folder 20

Retirement items. 1970. Also material about position with California Arts Council, 1982.

 

Musical Direction / Musical Writings

 

General

 

Post-Publication Material, etc.

Box 137, Folder 1

Fan mail. 1946-1986.

Scope and Content Note

Fan mail is LM's designation. Filed chronologically by LM.
 

Musical Writings

 

[Add in]

 

Research Material

Box 140, Folder 1

Photographs LM had taken, some programs, some portraits.

 

Research Material(?)

Box 139, Folder 8

Copies of Grove material.

 

Alphabetical Files

 

Manuscript Material

Box 139, Folder 7

Copies of letters soliciting information about Evenings on the Roof .. n.d.

 

Counterpoint

 

Publication Material

Box 141, Folder 8

Clippings. 1952-1953.

 

Film Composers in America

 

Publication material

Box 143, Folder 5

Copy of work. 1953.

Scope and Content Note

A checklist of their work, compiled and edited by Clifford McCarty. Foreword by Lawrence Morton.
 

Film Music Notes

 

Publication Material

Box 143, Folder 8

1948-1951.

Physical Description: Copies of journal.
 

Frontier

 

Publication Material

Box 141, Folder 7

Clippings. 1951-1958.

 

Hollywood Quarterly

 

Publication Material

Box 143, Folder 4

Offprints. ca. mid 1940s.

 

Miscellaneous

 

Publication Material

Box 141, Folder 10

Copies.

Box 143, Folder 2

Miscellaneous. ca. 1949-1985.

Physical Description: Clippings and magazines. Filed as miscellaneous by LM.
 

Research Material(?)

Box 141, Folder 11

Documents MEC. v.d.

Note

Seemingly historical samples.
 

Modern Music

 

Publication Material

Box 143, Folder 3

Offprints. 1943-1946.

 

Monday Evening Concerts

 

Manuscript Material

Box 139, Folder 9

Draft with corrections. 1987.

Physical Description: (Some leaves).
Box 139, Folder 10

Drafts from pin - feed printer.

Physical Description: Extensive tipped-on corrections.
Box 140, Folder 3

Printing of history. n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Data compiled by LM for research for the book. Rejected by University of California Press, LM then asked Dorothy Crawford to become involved in production.
 

Research Material

Box 140, Folder 4

Programs LM felt were most interesting and important.

Box 140, Folder 6

Program notes and text [not printed programs]. 1950s- .

Note

Dated by Dorothy Crawford.
Box 140, Folder 7

Programs. 1970s-1980s.

Scope and Content Note

Some have photocopies of articles, reviews, etc.
 

Monday Evening Concerts(?)

 

Manuscript Material

Box 142, Folder 2

Diskettes with text(?).

 

Notes (MLA)

 

Publication Material

Box 143, Folder 7

1940s-1950s.

Physical Description: Clippings.
 

Program Notes

 

Publication Material

Box 143, Folder 6

Various articles and clippings. 1940s-1960s.

Scope and Content Note

LM: .. clipped with the idea of including them in a looseleaf book which went eventually to D. Stelvey(?) .. . Also photocopy list of LM articles.
 

Script

 

Publication Material

Box 141, Folder 1

Clippings. 1940-1941.

Box 141, Folders 2-3

Clippings. 1942-1943.

Box 141, Folder 4

Clippings. 1944-1945.

Box 141, Folder 5

Clippings. 1946.

Box 141, Folder 6

Clippings. 1947-1948.

 

Stravinsky Items

 

Publication Material

Box 143, Folder 1

Programs. 1981-1982.

 

The Score

 

Publication Material

Box 141, Folder 9

Copies. 1950-1953.

 

Various

 

Manuscript Material

Box 141, Folder 15

Unpublished articles. 1940s-1960s.

Box 141, Folder 16

Bibliography of LM's works. 1975(?).

Box 141, Folder 17

Notes, etc.

Note

So labeled by LM.
 

Musical Writings(?)

 

Ives, Stravinsky, etc.

 

Manuscript Material(?)

Box 137, Folder 2

Listings. n.d.

Physical Description: Labeled extra copies by LM.
 

Zeta Zitazine

 

[Add in]

Box 140, Folder 2

Programs LM photographed.

Box 142, Folder 1

Programs. 1970s-1980s.

Physical Description: Incomplete sets. Extras.

Note

Uncertain why LM retained these.