Nathan Lerner papers

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1960–1979
Survey Repository: 
This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

11.25 linear feet of materials consisting of correspondence, design drawings and associated photographs, job files, exhibition catalogs, and other Chicago office files of Nathan Lerner relating to his career as a photographer, designer, and teacher and to his personal life. Topics include experimental photography; his many inventions and patents; renovations of the Edgewater Beach Hotel (1959-1961); teaching; and the Chicago and the international architectural and industrial design communities.

Biographical Historical Note

Nathan Lerner was a photojournalist, experimental photographer, and designer of furniture, packaging, and other products. Lerner is credited with the discovery of outsider artist Henry Darger, who had been his tenant, following Darger’s death in 1972.