It is dated September 3, 1940. The return address is 181 Greene Street, New York City.
© Estate of Beauford Delaney, by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire, Court Appointed Administrator
Among the things that Beauford expresses in this letter are listening to recordings by the blues guitarist Blind Boy Fuller (Fulton Allen [1908-1941]) and his desire to take Hirschfeld to a place "where there are happy feet and Weary Blues also Barbecued ribs."
He signed his name "De Laney," which his biographer, David A. Leeming, indicates was "the more dignified spelling of his surname - one favored by his mother."
Al Hirschfeld's papers are also held by the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian.
Listen to Blind Boy Fuller sing "Truckin' Little Baby" by clicking below.