Town Hall, Inc. records 1895-1955 1940-1955


Town Hall, Inc. records, 1895-1955, 1940-1955

Town Hall, Inc. records 1895-1955 1940-1955

Town Hall was founded in 1894 by six prominent suffragists under the name League for Political Education to continue the struggle for women's rights by raising political consciousness. Robert Ely was director of the League from 1907 to 1937. The Town Hall building, erected with funds raised by public subscription, was opened in 1921 as "a meeting place, clearing house for ideas, forum, lyceum, concert hall, school, and college." In 1935 George Denny, associate director of the League and later president, created America's Town Meeting of the Air, a radio program to foster discussion of political, social and economic concerns. The name of the institution was changed in 1938 to The Town Hall, Inc. and in 1956 it became affiliated with New York University. Collection contains correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, financial records, transcripts, publicity materials, photographs, and scrapbooks of newsclippings concerning the League for Political Education and Town Hall, Inc. League for Political Education records consist of correspondence and minutes, 1935-1937, of the executive and other committees. Records of America's Town Meeting of the Air, 1935-1956, include general correspondence, letters from listeners, office memoranda, audience mail reports, speakers aid materials, correspondence of the director of radio and television operations, publicity materials, photographs, and newsclippings. Collection contains Town Hall records, such as correspondence, financial and legal papers, transcripts of lectures, printed matter, and photographs, from the Historical Dept., Concert Dept., Short Courses Division, and other units of the institution.

234 linear feet (281 boxes)

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Town Hall, Inc. (corporateBody)

The Town Hall, Inc. sponsored a full series of lectures, adult education courses, and musical performances in its auditorium in New York City. It also presented the popular weekly radio program, "America's Town Meeting of the Air." From the description of Mental health lecture series sound recordings, 1949. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 144651938 In the 1890's a group of suffragists (The League for Political Education) raised the money to build their own mee...

Ely, Robert Erskine, 1861- (person)

Epithet: director of the Civic Forum New York British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000974.0x00000a ...

Denny, George Vernon, 1899-1959 (person)

Educator, radio personality, and organization executive. From the description of George Vernon Denny papers, 1930-1959. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70980268 Denny was associated with the Town Hall Theater in New York City and was the originator of a popular weekly radio program called "America's Town Meetings of the Air," which ran from 1935 until 1956. From the description of Correspondence from Alma Mahler, 1942. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCa...

League for Political Education (U.S.) (corporateBody)