Chicago Historical Society
Clark St. at North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614-6071
ca. 100 photographic prints : b&w; ; 4 x 5 in. or smaller. Series 1. ca. 50 photograph prints : b&w; ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller. Series 1. ca. 100 photographic prints : col. ; 4 x 5 in. or smaller. Series 2. ca. 50 photographic prints : col. ; 8 x 10 in.
Visual materials by or about Nathan Lerner relating to his career as a photographer, artist, educator, and inventor and to his personal life. He was associated with the New Bauhaus, the School of Design, and later the Institute of Design in Chicago (Ill.) for many years. Collection contains primarily original negatives and slides of his early photographic work, of his paintings, and of his design work, including his lightbox explorations. Most negatives are not represented by photoprints in this collection. Photoprints in the collection are primarily family snapshots made in the United States, Japan, Mexico, or Europe and contact sheets, clippings from contact sheets, and other work prints. Also present are index cards (3 x 5 in.) by Lerner cataloging dates and locations for many of his photographs; exhibition posters for some of his exhibits, films, and videos; and films and videos about his work. Films include "Nathan Lerner, the Bauhaus Years" (1972) and "Nathan Lerner Outakes," and videos include "It's All About Light," by Ben Kerns; "Nathan Lerner, The Bauhaus Years, 1935-1945," by Gerald Fromberg (1974); "School of Design/ Jealousy - Do not Disturb," by Lazslo Moholy-Nagy and School of Design students; "Bauhaus in America," by Judith Pearlman, and "Nathan Lerner interview," by Ben Kerns (1983).