Skip to main content

Abram Lerner papers, 1935-2001

Lerner, Abram, 1913-2007

Museum director


Collection Information

Size: 2 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of art historian, curator and painter, Abram Lerner, include administrative and exhibition files relating to Joseph Hirshhorn and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; personal and professional correspondence with friends, family, curators, and Joseph Hirshhorn; photographs of events at the Hirshhorn and slides relating to Lerner's lectures; manuscripts and typescripts of lectures given by Lerner and publications; and works of art by Lerner. Also included are 11 audio casettes.

Biographical/Historical Note

Abram Lerner (1913-2007) was an art historian, curator, and painter in Washington, DC. Lerner was the founding director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution.


Donated 2018 by Aline Libassi, Abram Lerner's daughter.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of audio visual recordings with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.

How to Cite This Collection

Abram Lerner papers, 1935-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.