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Albert C. Ledner Office Records

Identifier: SEAA-179

Scope and Contents

This collection of records, from New Orleans modernist architect and designer Albert Charles Ledner (1924-2017)'s office, includes drawings, correspondence, articles, and photographs featuring residential, commercial, religious, educational, and social projects. Projects were done in New Orleans, throughout Louisiana, and a few other cities across the United States. Records also include industrial design inventions for a thermal gravity pump, a high rise emergency descent apparatus, and a tunnel oven for his mother’s bakery. Images of structures by Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Goff, John Lautner, and Eero Saarinen, which Ledner visited from 1944 to 1955, are also maintained.


  • 1940s–2009


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is the physical property of Tulane University Special Collections. Copyright belongs to the creators or their legal heirs and assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or owner’s heir for permission to publish where Tulane University Special Collections does not hold the copyright. For further information, please contact Research Services at

Biographical / Historical

Ledner completed projects in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, New York, Maryland, California, and Virginia. For the vast majority of owner-built projects, Ledner served as both project architect and construction manager. He designed numerous buildings for the National Maritime Union of America. Lender’s mother, Beulah Ledner, owned a bakery, and is credited with the creation of the New Orleans doberge cake.


48.5 Linear Feet (13 folders, 4 boxes)

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This collection is arranged into two series: Series 1: Project Drawings; Series 2: Project Correspondence, Publicity, and Photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Records were given by Albert C. Ledner to SEAA in 2006.

Related Materials

Portions of this collection can also be found in the The Organic Modernism of Albert C. Ledner Exhibit.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US