The collection is arranged as 6 series. All series are arranged chronologically. Series 1: Letters, 1931-1983 (Boxes 1-2; 1.75 linear feet) Series 2: Business Records, 1932-1979 (Box 2; 1 folder) Series 3: Writings, 1937-1973 (Box 2; 3 folders) Series 4: Art Work, 1967-1977 (Box 2; 4 folders) Series 5: Printed Material, 1953-1983 (Box 2, OV 3; 11 folders) Series 6: Photographs, 1965 (Box 2; 1 folder)
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The collection measures 0.9 linear feet, dates from 1931-1983, and documents the career of caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. Found within the papers are letters, business records, writings, artwork, printed material, and photographs.
Letters are from friends and colleagues, and the celebrities, writiers and other subjects of Hirschfeld's drawings. A small majority of letters are from Brooks Atkinson, John Mason Brown, Edward Chodorov, Beauford Delaney, Roger K. Fruse, and Charles F. Lowe.
Business records include a receipt for artwork delivered, 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. Writings by Hirschfeld consist of brief typescripts of film and theater critiques.
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.
Also found within the papers are 11 folders of clippings, posters, and miscellaneous printed material. Photographs are of Hirschfeld, his wife, and a drawing.
Al Hirschfeld papers, 1931-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection was digitized in its entirety in 2010 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003) was a caricaturist from New York, N.Y.
Donated 1983 by Al Hirschfeld and by dealer George Goodstadt.
This site provides access to the papers of Al Hirschfeld in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2010. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 1,004 images.
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