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Harold Sterner papers, 1929-1978

Sterner, Harold

Painter, Architect


Collection Information

Size: 0.4 Linear feet

Summary: Correspondence; 2 drawings of architectural details; lists of works of art and architectural projects; photographs of Sterner, his mother, his friends, and of his architectural projects and paintings; clippings and exhibition catalogs; writings by Sterner, including pages from a diary, autobiographical essays, essays on art and architecture, and an illustrated draft for a children's book, "The Adventures of Desmond the Gooplefish"; and an essay "Harold Sterner" by Gurdon Wattles.

Biographical/Historical Note

Architect, painter; New York, N.Y. Born 1895, died 1976. Son of painter-illustrator Albert Sterner, and art gallery director Marie Walther Sterner. After graduating from M.I.T., 1917, with a degree in architecture, Sterner worked for various firms before starting his own firm in 1932. Although he never received formal art training, he painted sporadically throughout his career, particularly during the depression, when he used painting as a means of earning extra money.


Donated 1984 by Paula Sterner, Harold Sterner's widow.

Language Note

English .

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How to Cite This Collection

Harold Sterner papers, 1929-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.