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Finding Aid for the Arthur Lerner collection on Poetry Therapy 0179
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Acquisition

  • Title: Arthur Lerner collection on Poetry Therapy
    Collection number: 0179
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.29 Linear feet 4 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1953-1997
    Abstract: This collection contains publications pertaining to poetry therapy collected by Arthur Lerner, as well as a small amount of his correspondence. Lerner was one of the pioneers of the use of poetry therapy techniques as a form of psychological therapy.
    creator: Lerner, Arthur

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Arthur Lerner collection on Poetry Therapy, Collection no. 0179, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

    Biographical Note

    Arthur Lerner (1915-1998) was a psychologist who pioneered the use of poetry therapy techniques. Poetry therapy is the process whereby poetry is used to help psychological and psychiatric patients express themselves and to help awaken memories and feelings in the elderly. He received two doctorates from USC and lectured at UCLA and Los Angeles City College. Lerner also founded the Poetry Therapy Institute in Encino and organized the National Association for Poetry Therapy's certification process for poetry therapists.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains publications pertaining to poetry therapy collected by Arthur Lerner, newspaper clippings, and the manuscript for Life Guidance through Literature. Also included in this collection is a small amount of Lerner's correspondence.


    The Arthur Lerner collection on Poetry Therapy was donated to USC by Arthur Lerner.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Lerner, Arthur -- Archives
    American poetry--20th century--Archival resources
    Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources
    Bibliotherapy--Archival resources
    Poetry--Therapeutic use--Archival resources
    Psychologists--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources