Finding Aid for the Arthur Lerner collection on Poetry Therapy 0179
Finding aid prepared by Rebecca HirschThe 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.
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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
[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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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.
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
Poetry--Therapeutic use--Archival resources
Psychologists--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources