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.
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. or smaller. (Series 2). 4 photomechanical prints (posters) : col. ; 32 x 21 in. and smaller. (Series 3). 2 boxes (index cards). (Series 4). ca. 12,750 negatives : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller. (Series 5). 1 negative : cellulose nitrate ; 5 x 7 in. (Series 5). ca. 2000 transparencies (slides) : col. ; 35 mm. (Series 6). ca. 1900 negatives : col. ; 4 x 5 in. or smaller. (Series 7). 5 films : b&w ; 16 mm. (Series 8). 3 films : col. ; 16 mm. and smaller. (Series 9). 8 videotapes. (Series 10).