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Abram Lerner papers, circa 1930-2006

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged as six series:

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Series 1:Correspondence, circa 1935-2004
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1

Correspondence is primarily professional in nature and includes correspondents James T. Demetrion and Joseph and Olga Hirshhorn, as well as artists Philip Evergood, Walter Rosenblum and Raphael Soyer. Also included are notebooks with outgoing hand-written drafts from after his tenure with the museum, from 1991 to 2003.
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Harry N. Abrams, 1974
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1
Thomas Buechner, 1970
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2
James T. Demetrion, 1985-1988
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3
Philip Evergood, 1957, 1958
1
4
G, circa 1956-1988
1
5
Lily Harmon, 1982
1
6
Joseph and Olga Hirshhorn, circa 1969-1989
1
7
Thomas Lawton, 1999
1
8
Menconi and Schoelkopf Fine Art, 2004
1
9
Betty C. Monk (White House Curator), 1999
1
10
Walter Rosenblum, circa 1977-2001
1
11
R, circa 1958-1985
1
12
Raphael Soyer, 1974
1
13
Unidentified/First Name Only, circa 1935-1990
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14
Outgoing Drafts (Jan. 1991-July 1993), circa 1991-1993
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15
Outgoing Drafts (Aug. 1994-Apr. 1995), circa 1994-1995
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Outgoing Drafts (Feb. 1996-Oct. 1996), circa 1996
1
17
Outgoing Drafts (Nov. 1996-Nov. 1997), circa 1996-1997
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Outgoing Drafts (Nov. 1997-Mar. 1999), circa 1997-1999
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19
Outgoing Drafts (Mar. 1999-Aug. 2000), circa 1999-2000
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Outgoing Drafts (Sep. 2000-Jan. 2002), circa 2000-2002
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21
Outgoing Drafts (Feb. 2002-Aug. 2003), circa 2002-2003
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Series 2:Writings, circa 1930-1984
0.6 Linear feet
Box 1

Writings include primarily lectures and tours related to the Hirshhorn collection and modern sculpture and painting, in addition to some early student and creative work, an interview with Lerner, and writings by others including an artist statement for Lerner written by Milton W. Brown. Some lectures are represented by audio recordings on sound cassette.
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Autobiographical Essay, "Isaiah the Lion", circa 1930s
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23
"A Short Survey of the Madonna and Child Presented Through the Work of Several Artists of The Early Renaissance", circa 1930s
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24
Hirshhorn Collection Talk, circa 1959
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25
Hirshhorn Collection Talk (1963), circa 1963
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26
Sculpture Lecture at the Virginia Museum (Oct. 27, 1969), circa 1969
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27
Sculpture Lecture, circa 1960s
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28
Hirshhorn Collection Tour, circa 1970
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29
Painting and Sculpture Lecture, Smithsonian Associates (Mar. 13 1973), circa 1973
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30
Talk to Businessmen's Luncheon, Smithsonian (May 8, 1973, 1973
1
31
Talk to Smithsonian Regents (1973), circa 1973
1
32
Corcoran Art School Commencement Address (May 1974), 1974
1
33
Lecture for National Women's Democratic Club, DC (June 1974), circa 1974
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34
Lecture by Abram Lerner (June 17, 1974), Corrected Tape, 1974
1 Sound cassette
1
35
Address at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Opening Ceremony (Oct. 1, 1974), 1974
1
36
Talk at Calder Sculpture Unveiling (Oct. 14, 1975), 1975
1
37
Horshhorn Museum Talk (Naples, FL), circa 1975
1
38
Willem de Kooning Talk (July 26, 1977), 1977
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39
Biographical Texts on Artists (Grosz, Evergood, Tobey, Prestopino), circa 1970s
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40
Speech for Detroit Opening, circa 1970s
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41
Talk on Business Support for Museums, circa 1970s
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Hirshhorn Collection Talk , circa 1970s
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Hirshhorn Collection Talk , circa 1970s
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44
Painting in the Hirshhorn Collection Talk , circa 1970s
1
45
20th Century Sculpture Lecture, circa 1970s
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Modern Sculpture Lecture, circa 1970s
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47
Modern Sculpture Lecture, circa 1970s
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48
Lecture on Gregory Gillespie, circa 1976-1980
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49
WPA Lecture with A. Lerner and Brown, Hirshhorn MSG (Jan. 27, 1982), 1982
2 Sound cassettes
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50
Lecture, with Ripley and Demetrion (Feb. 9, 1984), 1984
1 Sound cassette
1
51
Speeches at Dinner Honoring Abram Lerner, HMSG (June 5, 1984), 1984
1 Sound cassette
1
52
Eakins Lecture, HMSG (July 18, 1984), 1984
1 Sound cassette
1
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Speeches at Hirshhorn MSG 10th Anniversary Dinner (Oct. 2, 1984), 1984
1 Sound cassette
1
54
Eakins Lecture Slides, Edinburgh (Oct. 10, 1984), circa 1984
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Lecture Slides (Right and Left), circa 1970s-1981
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56-57
Statement on the Artists Abram Lerner by Milton W. Brown, circa 1958
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"Inner Circles" Interview Transcript with Abram Lerner, circa 1970s
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59
"Moses and Raphael Soyer" by Ellen Caroline Marks, Smithsonian Intern, 1984
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60

Series 3:Professional Files, circa 1958-2006
0.5 Linear feet
Box 2

The professional files series includes an 1958 exhibition file related to Lerner's painting career, files related to the Hirshhorn bequest exhibition and a Henry Moore exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum, records regarding an unpublished manuscript tentatively titled 50 Sculptors , as well as advisory roles and other professional materials including a planner from 1983.
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Abram Lerner Exhibition at Davis Galleries (Feb.-Mar. 1958), circa 1958-1960
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1
Henry Moore Exhibition at Hirshhorn Museum, Biographical, circa 1973
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2
Henry Moore Exhibition at Hirshhorn Museum, Expenses (Hahn Bros. Estimate), circa 1971-1973
2
3
Paintings and Sculptures: Selections from the John H. Hirshhorn Bequest (1987), circa 1986-1987
2
4
50 Sculptors (Unpublished), General, circa 1982-1983
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5-6
50 Sculptors (Unpublished), Correspondence, circa 1985-1987
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7
50 Sculptors (Unpublished), Texts, circa 1980-1987
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8
50 Sculptors (Unpublished), Photographs, circa 1980-1985
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9
Guild Hall, Museum Planning Committee, circa 1985-1990
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10
Floorplan Drawings for a Home, circa 1960s-1970s
2
11
1983 Planner, circa 1983
2
12
Draft of Documentary Scripts for The 1913 Armory Show and Art Colonies in America, 2006
2
13

Series 4:Printed Material , circa 1933-1999
0.2 Linear feet
Box 2

Printed material includes materials reserved for a scrapbook, especially regarding the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, various memorabilia and various published audio recordings including an Acoustiguide and a Channel 13 program regarding David Smith.
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Beta Review (Mar. 1933), 1933
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14
Scrapbook Clippings, circa 1959-1987
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15
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, circa 1968-1990s
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Dada Exhibition Poster at Sidney Janis Gallery (1953), 1953
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17
American Academy of Arts and Letters Ceremony Program, Autographed by Marilyn Monroe (May 20, 1959), circa 1959, 1999
2
18
David Smith on Channel Thirteen A (April 20, 1969), circa 1969
2 Sound cassettes
2
19
Radio Smithsonian "Remembering Joe Hirshhorn", circa 1981
1 Sound cassette
2
20
Acoustiguide #789 "The Avant-Garde in Russia" Hirshhorn MSG, circa 1980s
1 Sound cassette
2
21
Miscellaneous Printed Material, circa 1960s-1980s
2
22

Series 5:Photographic Material, circa 1950-1999
0.4 Linear feet
Boxes 2, 3

Photographic material includes phtographs of Abram Lerner, Joseph Hirshhorn and the Hirshhorn Museum building, staff, artwork, and events during his tenure. Also included are numerous photographs of Raphael Soyer portrait paintings.
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Photographs of Abram Lerner, circa 1960s-1990s
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Photographs of Abram Lerner, circa 1970s
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1
Artwork by Abram Lerner, circa 1950s
2
24
Artwork and Installation, circa 1960s-1990s
2
25
Artwork and Installation, circa 1970s
3
2
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Groundbreaking (1969), 1969
2
26
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Offices, circa 1970s
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3
Photographs of People, circa 1960s-1970s
3
4
Photographs of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, circa 1970s
3
5
Lyndon B. Johnson with Pauline Lerner, Signed and Dedicated, 1966
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6
Mrs. (Ladybird) Johnson in Greenwich, CT, circa 1960s
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Raphael Soyer Portraits, circa 1960s-1970s
2
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Series 6:Artwork, circa 1940-1959
0.2 Linear feet
Boxes 2, 3

Artwork includes two watercolor and sketchbooks from circa 1940 and 1954.
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Watercolor and Sketchbook, circa 1940
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7
Watercolor and Sketchbook, circa 1954
3
8
Artwork by Others, Ink on Photographic Portrait, circa 1950s
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