Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Albert D. Lasker papers
mssLasker papers  
View entire collection guide What's This?
Search this collection
Collection Overview
Table of contents What's This?
The collection reflects broadly the professional life of American businessman and philanthropist Albert D. Lasker, as well as other family members including Mary Lasker, Edward Lasker, Frances Lasker Brody, and Mary Lasker Block.
Albert D. Lasker was an American businessman who is often considered to be the founder of modern advertising. Lasker, who was Jewish, was born in Germany in 1880 and raised in Galveston, Texas. In 1898 he moved to Chicago and got an advertising position at Lord & Thomas. In 1903, after Lord retired, Lasker purchased his share and became a partner. He purchased the firm in 1912. Lasker worked on and created advertising for several large companies including: Lucky Strikes, Palmolive, Pepsodent, Kotex, and Kleenex. In 1921, President Harding appointed Lasker to the United States Shipping Board; he served for two years. After thirty years at Lord & Thomas, Lasker sold the firm to three senior executives. Lasker and his third wife, Mary, became nationally prominent art collectors and philanthropists. Together they founded and endowed the Lasker Award, which has recognized the work of many leading scientists and researchers, particularly in the field of medical research. His uncle was German liberal politician Eduard Lasker. Albert D. Lasker died in 1952.
Approximately 4,050 items in 38 boxes
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining permission rests with the researcher.
Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site.