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University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Al Hirschfeld:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Hirschfeld, Al, 1903-2003
Title: Al Hirschfeld Collection
Dates: 1951-1982, undated
Abstract: The Al Hirschfeld Collection contains twenty-one drawings and two prints of plays, films, and theater personalities. Among the many performers shown are Carol Burnett, Alec Guinness, and Margaret Leighton. Many of the drawings appeared in The New York Times; others were used by film and television studios for publicity purposes. Five drawings were published in the 1982 Limited Editions Club edition of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Call Number: Performing Arts Collection PA-00114
Extent: 23 items in 23 oversize folders (osf) (0.54 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Biographical Sketch

The graphic artist and caricaturist Al Hirschfeld was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1903. Hirschfeld moved to New York City at the age of twelve, and before he was twenty he was creating art for motion picture companies. With the help of his friend Miguel Covarrubias, he perfected a unique drawing style marked by long fluid pen strokes. He studied at the Art Students League (circa 1918), worked for David Selznick (1921) and Warner Brothers (1921-1924), and established a studio in Paris (1924-1925). He became the theater correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune in Moscow (1927-1928), and a freelance artist for The New York Times beginning in 1929. Hirschfeld became famous for his stylized and perceptive caricatures of theater and public personalities. After the birth of his daughter, Nina, in 1945, Hirschfeld concealed her name in almost all of his drawings. A documentary about his life, The Line King: Al Hirschfeld, was released in 1996. Hirschfeld died in 2003 at the age of 99.

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Scope and Contents

The Al Hirschfeld Collection, 1951-1982, undated, contains sixteen drawings and two prints of plays, films, and theater personalities. Many of the drawings appeared in The New York Times; others were used by film and television studios for publicity purposes. Productions represented include The Alamo (film), The Night of the Iguana (stage and film versions), The Rose Tattoo, St. Joan, Waiting for Godot, and West Side Story. Among the many performers shown are Carol Burnett (caricatured as Blanche du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire), Alec Guinness, and Margaret Leighton. This inventory includes an Index of Subjects which lists each of the individuals depicted in this collection.

A 2006 addition to the Al Hirschfeld Collection contains five drawings published in the 1982 Limited Editions Club edition of A Streetcar Named Desire. This addition is not represented in the Index of Subjects.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research. Researchers must create an online Research Account and agree to the Materials Use Policy before using archival materials.

Use Policies:

Ransom Center collections may contain material with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in the collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Ransom Center and The University of Texas at Austin assume no responsibility.

Restrictions on Use:

Authorization for publication is given on behalf of the University of Texas as the owner of the collection and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder which must be obtained by the researcher. For more information please see the Ransom Center's Open Access and Use Policies.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchases, 1967 (R3487), 2009 (10-06-002-P); 2 drawings transferred from Art Collection, 1 drawing transferred from Crain Collection

Processed by:

Esther L. Mes, 2001; Helen Adair, 2006, 2010; Daniela Lozano, 2017

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Container List

Productions
Container
osf 18 The Alamo (film, 1960), drawing
Container
osf 6 The Horse’s Mouth (1958), drawing
Container
osf 7 I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1962), drawing
Container
The Night of the Iguana
Container
osf 8 Stage version (1961), drawing
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osf 1 Film version (1964), drawing
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osf 9 The Rose Tattoo (1951), drawing
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osf 10 St. Joan (1956), drawing
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osf 11 Waiting for Godot (1961), drawing
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osf 12 West Side Story (1957), drawing
Individuals
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osf 13 Burnett, Carol, as Blanche du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1965), drawing
Container
osf 2 Guinness, Alec, in Dylan (1964), drawing
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osf 3 Leighton, Margaret, in The Night of the Iguana (1962), drawing
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osf 4 Mohyeddin, Zia, in A Passage to India (1962), drawing
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osf 14 West, Mae, print, undated
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osf 15 Tennessee Williams: His Influence and Realization, drawing, circa 1959
Others
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osf 16 Americans in London, at the Caprice Restaurant, drawing, 1951
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osf 17 Performers in roles that made them famous, print, undated
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osf 5 Reefer Man, drawing, undated
A Streetcar Named Desire (Limited Editions Club edition, 1982), drawings
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osf 19 Blanche DuBois
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osf 20 Harold Mitchell (Mitch)
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osf 21 Negro Woman
Container
osf 22 Stanley Kowalski
Container
osf 23 Stella Kowalski

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Index of Subjects

  • Adams, Maude--osf 17
  • Adler, Larry--osf 16
  • Allen, Fred--osf 17
  • Arliss, George--osf 17
  • Bacall, Lauren--osf 17
  • Barrymore, John--osf 17
  • Belmore, Daisy--osf 9
  • Bergman, Ingrid--osf 16
  • Bernhardt, Sarah--osf 17
  • Bolger, Ray--osf 17
  • Burnett, Carol--osf 13
  • Burton, Richard--osf 18
  • Calin, Mickey--osf 12
  • Campbell, Patrick, Mrs.--osf 17
  • Capp, Al--osf 16
  • Carlisle, Kitty--osf 16
  • Carnovsky, Morris--osf 17
  • Channing, Carol--osf 17
  • Chrysler, Walter--osf 16
  • Clark, Bobby--osf 17
  • Clark, H. B.--osf 17
  • Cohan, George M.--osf 17
  • Coote, Robert--osf 6
  • Cornell, Katharine--osf 17
  • Cowl, Jane--osf 17
  • David, Thayer--osf 10
  • Davis, Bette--osf 8
  • Delevanti, Cyril--osf 18
  • Disney, Walt--osf 16
  • Draper, Paul--osf 16
  • Fairbanks, Douglas, Jr.--osf 16
  • Fontanne, Lynn--osf 17
  • Ford, Henry, II--osf 16
  • Gardner, Ava--osf 18
  • Garland, Judy--osf 16
  • Gaxton, William--osf 17
  • Gillette, William--osf 17
  • Goetz, Augustus--osf 16
  • Goetz, Ruth--osf 16
  • Gordon, Ruth--osf 16
  • Gough, Michael--osf 6
  • Gould, Elliott--osf 7
  • Guinness, Alec--osf 2, osf 6
  • Haas, Dolly--osf 16
  • Harris, Julie--osf 17
  • Hart, Moss--osf 16
  • "Headwaiter Mario"--osf 16
  • Hirschfeld, Al--osf 16
  • Hoffman, Jane--osf 9
  • Howard, Cordelia--osf 17
  • Hull, Henry--osf 17
  • Johnson, Arch--osf 10
  • Johnson, Gully--osf 6
  • Jones, W. G., Mrs.--osf 17
  • Kanin, Garson--osf 16
  • Kaufman, George S.--osf 16
  • Kaye, Danny--osf 16
  • Keith, Ian--osf 10
  • Kerr, Deborah--osf 18
  • Kert, Larry--osf 12
  • Lawrence, Carol--osf 12
  • Leighton, Margaret--osf 3, osf 8
  • Lenihan, Winifred--osf 17
  • Leroy, Ken--osf 12
  • Love, Phyllis--osf 9
  • Lunt, Alfred--osf 17
  • Lyon, Sue--osf 18
  • MacGrath, Leueen--osf 16
  • Mansfield, Richard--osf 17
  • Martin, Mary--osf 17
  • Massey, Raymond--osf 17
  • Maxwell, Frank--osf 10
  • Mayer, Louis B.--osf 16
  • McKenna, Siobhan--osf 10
  • Meredith, Burgess--osf 11
  • Merighi, Augusta--osf 9
  • Merman, Ethel--osf 17
  • Miller, Gilbert--osf 16
  • Miller, Kitty--osf 16
  • Minotis, Alexis--osf 15
  • Mohyeddin, Zia--osf 4
  • Moore, Dick--osf 10
  • Moore, Victor--osf 17
  • Morgan, Mike--osf 6
  • Mostel, Zero--osf 11, 17
  • Murray, Don--osf 9
  • Nathan, Vivian--osf 9
  • O’Neal, Patrick--osf 8
  • Olivier, Laurence--osf 17
  • Paxinou, Katina--osf 15
  • Purdy, Richard--osf 10
  • Reed, Florence--osf 17
  • Rivera, Chita--osf 12
  • Robinson, Bill--osf 17
  • Roth, Lillian--osf 7
  • San Marco, Rossana--osf 9
  • Sardi, Vincent--osf 16
  • Selznick, David O.--osf 16
  • Sherwood, Robert--osf 16
  • Shubert, Lee--osf 16
  • Skinner, Otis--osf 17
  • Smith, Kent--osf 10
  • Sorel, Sonia--osf 9
  • Stapleton, Maureen--osf 9, osf 17
  • Streisand, Barbra--osf 7, osf 17
  • Sundstrom, Florence--osf 9
  • Taylor, Laurette--osf 17
  • Toretzka, Ludmilla--osf 9
  • Tozere, Frederic--osf 10
  • Truman, Margaret--osf 16
  • Turleigh, Verno--osf 6
  • Valez, Kay--osf 6
  • Wager, Michael--osf 10
  • Wallach, Eli--osf 9
  • Waters, Ethel--osf 17
  • Webb, Alan--osf 8
  • Weber and Fields--osf 17
  • Welles, Orson--osf 16, osf 17
  • West, Mae--osf 14
  • Wilder, Thornton--osf 16
  • Williams, Tennessee--osf 15
  • Wynn, Ed--osf 17

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