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Al Hirschfeld papers, 1931-1983

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 6 series. All series are arranged chronologically.

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Series 1: Letters , 1931-1983
(Boxes 1-2; 1.75 feet)

Letters are primarily from friends, colleagues, the subjects of Hirschfeld's drawings, and the general public. There are also copies of seven letters sent by Hirschfeld. A small majority of letters are from Brooks Atkinson, John Mason Brown, Edward Chodorov, Beauford Delaney, Roger K. Fruse, and Charles F. Lowe.
There are one or two letters each from Bella Abzug, Harold Arlen, Richard Avedon, Russell Baker, Richard Benjamin, Herb Block, Hume Cronyn, Melvyn Douglas, Nora Ephron, Jules Feiffer, Don Freeman, Herb Gardner, Ira Gershwin, Lillian Gish, Benny Goodman, Tammy Grimes, George Grosz, Frances Hackett, Victor J. Hammer, Paul Hartman, Goldie Hawn, John Held, Katharine Hepburn, Hilaire Hiler, Wendy Hiller, Gordon Kahn, Jean Kerr, Alan King, Alexander King, Andre Kostelanetz, Maya Ying Lin, John V. Lindsay, Russell Lynes, Groucho Marx, A. Hyatt Mayor, Roddy McDowall, Lee Minnelli, Ogden Nash, Laurence Olivier, Jack Paar, Sid Perelman, George Price, Harold Prince, Lynn Redgrave, Billy Rose, Aline Saarinen, Hermenegildo Sábat, Peter Shaffer, Lawrence Spivak, Adlai Stevenson, Marlo Thomas, Gloria Vanderbilt, Vera Ellen, Lotte Lenya Weill-Detwiler, John Weitz, and Art Wood.
Description Container Select
Letters, Surnames Unknown, undated
1 (hol)
1
Letters, Surnames "A-Z,", undated
(6 folders)
1 (hol)
2-7
Letters, 1931-1935
1 (hol)
8
Letters, 1937-1938
1 (hol)
9
Letters, 1939
1 (hol)
10
Letters, 1940-1942
1 (hol)
11
Letters, 1943-1944
1 (hol)
12
Letters, 1945
1 (hol)
13
Letters, 1947-1949
1 (hol)
14
Letters, 1950-1951
1 (hol)
15
Letters, 1952-1954
1 (hol)
16
Letters, 1955-1956
1 (hol)
17
Letters, 1957-1959
1 (hol)
18
Letters, 1960-1962
(3 folders)
1 (hol)
19-21
Letters, 1963
(2 folders)
1 (hol)
22-23
Letters, 1964
(2 folders)
1 (hol)
24-25
Letters, 1965
(2 folders)
1 (hol)
26-27
Letters, 1966
1 (hol)
28
Letters, 1967
1 (hol)
29
Letters, 1968
(2 folders)
1 (hol)
30-31
Letters, 1969
(2 folders)
1 (hol)
32-33
Letters, 1970
(3 folders)
1 (hol)
34-36
Letters, 1971
1 (hol)
37
Letters, 1972
1 (hol)
38
Letters, 1973
1 (hol)
39
Letters, 1974-1981
(8 folders)
2 (hol)
1-8
Letters, 1982
(2 folders)
2 (hol)
9-10
Letters, 1983
2 (hol)
11

Series 2: Business Records , 1932-1979
(Box 2; 1 folder)

Business records consist of a receipt for artwork delivered to the Cleveland Museum of Art, a notice of probate on the will of Billy Rose, a loan agreement from the Studio Museum in Harlem for a work by Beauford Delaney, and a contract from The Franklin Library for a portrait of Mencken.
Description Container Select
Receipt, Notice of Probate, Loan Agreement, and Contract, 1932-1979
2 (hol)
12

Series 3: Writings , 1937-1973
(Box 2; 3 folders)

Writings by Hirschfeld consist of brief typescripts of film and theater critiques. Writings by others include a typescript by Brooks Atkinson for his book The Lively Years, a poem by Oriana Atkinson with caricatures drawn in the margin, and a typescript from the magazine Movie Makers illustrated with color cartoon drawings in the margin.
Description Container Select
Miscellaneous Writings by Hirschfeld, 1940-1942, undated
2 (hol)
13
Typescripts by Brooks and Oriana Atkinson, 1973, undated
2 (hol)
14
Typescript from Movie Makers Magazine, 1937
2 (hol)
15

Series 4: Artwork , 1967-1977
(Box 2; 4 folders)

Artwork consists of a sketchbook of caricatures of theater performers, a sketchbook of images from travel to Japan, loose sketches, and drawings by children inspired by a visit to see Hirschfeld.
Description Container Select
Sketchbook 1, 1974
2 (hol)
16
Sketchbook 2, 1975-1977
2 (hol)
17
Loose Sketches, undated
2 (hol)
18
Children's Drawings, 1967
2 (hol)
19

Series 5: Printed Material , 1953-1983
(Box 2, OV 3; 11 folders)

This series includes clippings, posters, and miscellaneous printed material.
Description Container Select
Clippings, undated
2 (hol)
20
Clippings, 1953
2 (hol)
21
Clippings, 1956
2 (hol)
22
Clippings, 1960
(3 folders)
2 (hol)
23-25
Clippings, 1970-1979
2 (hol)
26
Clippings, 1982-1983
2 (hol)
27
Posters, 1960-1980
(Oversized items housed in OV3)
2 (hol)
28
Miscellaneous, undated, 1962
2 (hol)
29
Poster for Hirschfeld Art Expo at New York Coliseum, 1980
(Scanned with Box 2, folder 28)
OV 3

Series 6: Photographs , 1965
(Box 2; 1 folder)

Photographs are of Hirschfeld, his wife, and a drawing.
Description Container Select
Photographs, 1965, undated
2 (hol)
30

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.