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Finding Aid for the Irving Lerner papers, 1935-1978
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Irving Lerner papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1935-1978
    Collection number: 112
    Origination: Lerner, Irving, 1909-1976
    Extent: 13 boxes (6.25 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Shelf location: Held at SRLF. Please contact the Performing Arts Special Collections for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

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

    Restrictions on Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Arts Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Arts Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Irving Lerner papers, 1935-1978. (Collection 112). Performing Arts Special Collections, Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Lerner was born in New York City, NY, Mar. 7, 1909; began his film career as producer director of anthropological shorts for Columbia Univ., the Rockefeller Foundation, and other institutions; began his association with the American documentary moments working on Dudley Murphy's, One Third Of A Nation (1939), and on Willard Van Dyke's, Valley Town and The Children Must Learn (both 1940); produced Toscanini : Hymn Of The Nations and A Place To Live (both 1944) for the Office of War Information during WII; headed the Education Film Institute and in 1948, co-directed a documentary short, Muscle Beach; in between his own productions he worked in various capacities on films including, The Savage Eye (1959), Spartacus (1960), Deathwatch (1966), and Steppenwolf (1974); Lerner's television work consisted of directing several episodes of the series Ben Casey (1961-66) and the Canadian series Seaway (1965); died 1976.


    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence
    2. Documentaries
    3. Feature films and documentaries
    4. General
    5. Projects

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of material related to the career of documentary film director and producer Irving Lerner. Includes scripts and treatments, production material, correspondence, clippings, photographs, and scrapbooks. Contains material related to the motion pictures, Studs Lonigan (1960) and The Royal Hunt Of The Sun (1969), the television series, Ben Casey (1961-66), and unproduced projects, The Blue-Eyed Wonder, written by Don Richie, and St. Anthony's Forty Blondes by John Fante and Carey McWilliams. Includes correspondence with Thomas Brandon regarding a book project on the documentary film movement of the 1930s.

    Access Points

    Lerner, Irving, 1909-1976--Archives
    Documentary films--Production and direction--Archival resources.
    Television producers and directors--Archival resources.
    Motion picture producers and directors--Archival resources.