The Archives

The National Comedy Center exhibit experience is annotated with dozens of props, costumes, and archival objects that put visitors in the presence of some of comedy’s most legendary DNA.


The National Comedy Center’s exhibition partners include:

The Andy Kaufman Memorial Trust
Alan and Robin Zweibel
Bill Marx and the Harpo Marx Family
Carl Reiner
The Chicago History Museum
Dan Aykroyd
Desilu, Too
Dr. Demento
The Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams Archive
The Garry Shandling Estate
George Schlatter
George Shapiro and Jerry Seinfeld
Georgiana Guy-Rodrigues and the Rose Marie Estate
The Harold Ramis Family
Joan Dangerfield
Johnny Carson Enterprises
The Jonathan Winters Family
Kelly Carlin
The Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation
The Library of Congress
Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner
Mark and Alison Russell
NBCUniversal Archives and Collections
Paramount Pictures
Paul Anderson, Christine Anderson and the Brad Anderson Family
The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy
Robert Sherman and the Allan Sherman Estate
Rusty Warren and Elizabeth Rizzo
Sarah and Shelley Berman
The Smithsonian Institution
The Stan Freberg Estate
UCLA Libraries
Warner Brothers Corporate Archive
Weird Al Yankovic
The World Golf Hall of Fame Bob Hope Collection

National Comedy Center Collections

The National Comedy Center collects significant archival materials that illuminate the comedic process and chronicle the history of the artform. Our collections are comprised of creative papers, photographs, scripts, scrapbooks, rare audiovisual footage, and stage-used props and costumes.


NY Times – George Carlin’s Belongings Find Home at National Comedy Center


LA Times – Shelley Berman broke the mold for comics, now he’ll be remembered at the new National Comedy Center


Archive of Pioneering Comedienne Rose Marie is Donated to the National Comedy Center

Making an Archives Gift

The National Comedy Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. To inquire about making an Archives Gift, please contact Laura LaPlaca, Director of Archives at


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