Scope and arrangement
The collection consists of 14 original drawings, 12 prints, 1 lithograph, and a few photocopies of Bendiner's caricatures of performing artists. The drawings are almost all undated, but research indicates they are primarily scenes from theatrical productions staged in Philadelphia in the early 1940s. Some of the drawings have pencil notations that are instructions for newspaper layouts. Almost all are signed with Bendiner's name and characteristic eyebrows and nose symbol. Actors depicted include Ethel Barrymore, Hume Cronyn, Helen Hayes, and Paul Muni.
The collection also contains photocopies of letters of thanks to his wife Elizabeth from libraries and museums for gifts of his drawings after his death, articles on the same subject, a single personal letter to the Bendiners, and programs and press releases for exhibits (1954-1990) of Bendiner's work.
The Alfred Bendiner caricatures and related papers are arranged in three series:
- 1944 and n.d.3 folders
Drawings are ink or pencil on linen covered board, up to 11 in. by 14 in. One drawing illustrates use of the Benday process and ink. They are mostly scenes from plays and depict at least two characters.
- 1945 and n.d.4 folders
Prints are on light board, most ca. 7 in. x 7 in. They are mostly of a single person not depicted in a particular play. Also contains a few photocopies of Bendiner's drawings.
- 1954-1992 and n.d.4 folders
This series contains publicity for exhibits of Bendiner's work,
1954-1990, letters and articles concerning posthumous gifts of his work, and one letter, 1963, to the Bendiners. It consists almost entirely of photocopies.