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SERIES Identifier: MC 769; T-493; CD-79; Vt-265; DVD-100

Series I. BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1921-2013 (#1.1-11.12, 59CB.1, F+D.1, E.1-E.6)

Scope and Contents

Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1921-2013 (#1.1-11.12, 59CB.1, FD.1, E.1-E.6), includes journals, correspondence, address books and lists, calendars, etc., relating to Lerner's immigration to the United States, her education, and her personal life. Calendars record both personal and professional engagements and addresses include personal and professional contacts. Journals contain accounts of Lerner's daily activities and people, including new acquaintances, colleagues, and friends she encountered. Journals also contain examinations of her feelings about events and people, including her likes and dislikes, her initial impressions, and in depth examinations of why she felt as she did. Her analyses include accounts of incidents she heard about and past events she experienced that influenced her feelings. Journals, along with travel files, also contain detailed accounts of trips Lerner took, frequently as a member of organized hiking expeditions through organizations such as the Sierra Club. A web site honoring Lerner's legacy is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection service (WAX); searchable archived versions of the web site will be available through this finding aid in 2013. Files are arranged with biographical materials first, followed by the remaining files in alphabetical order.


  • 1916-2013
  • Majority of material found within 1963-2013

Language of Materials

Most materials in English; some correspondence, diaries, and audiocassettes in German.

Access Restrictions:

Access. #16.3-16.6 are closed until January 1, 2023. #36.4 is closed until January 1, 2026. With the exception of #5.12 and 6.15-7.2, which are unrestricted, researchers must sign a permission form to use the collection until January 1, 2070. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.


25.61 linear feet ((58 file boxes, 3 card boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 3 folio+ folders, 1 oversize folder, 12 photograph folders, 42 audiotapes, 7 videotapes, 10 CDs, 3 DVDs, electronic records)

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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