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Finding Aid for the Arthur Lerner collection on Poetry Therapy

Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Hirsch, 2010

The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Lerner, Arthur
Title
Arthur Lerner collection on Poetry Therapy
Collection no.
0179
Date [inclusive]
1953-1997
Extent
2.29 Linear feet, 4 boxes
Language
English
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.

Preferred Citation

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

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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.

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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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2010
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

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

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.

Acquisition

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts
  • Publications

Personal Name(s)

  • Lerner, Arthur -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • 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

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Papers 

Scope and Content

Series contains correspondence and clippings pertaining to poetry therapy. Series also contains copies of articles written by Arthur Lerner about poetry therapy and a scrapbook containing clippings and printed ephemera.

Box
1-2

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Series 2:  Life Guidance Through Literature 

Scope and Content

Series contains an edited draft, a copy of the edited draft, and page proofs for Life Guidance Through Literature, edited by Arthur Lerner and Ursula R. Mahlendorf and published by the American Library Association in 1991.

Box
2-3

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Series 3:  Publications 

Scope and Content

Series contains periodicals and books containing articles or poetry written by Arthur Lerner or articles on poetry therapy. Series also includes a VHS tape of a lecture Lerner gave at Hofstra University.

Box
4

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