The Archives

The National Comedy Center archives is the United States’ congressionally-designated repository for comedy artifacts. The archive collects materials that illuminate the history and craft of comedy – handwritten notes, annotated scripts, correspondence, photography, scrapbooks, recordings, and screen/stage-used props and wardrobe. Archival collections support the National Comedy Center’s educational initiatives and research services, and put museum visitors in the presence of some of comedy’s most legendary DNA.

The National Comedy Center is proud to partner with artists, estates, collectors, and peer institutions to preserve and exhibit objects that represent comedy’s great artistic, social, and political contributions to American culture.

Archive  Partners  Include:

The Andy Kaufman Memorial Trust

Alan and Robin Zweibel

Bill Marx and the Harpo Marx Family

Billy Crystal

Bob Booker

Carl Reiner and Family

Carol Burnett & Bob Mackie

Carson Entertainment Group

Dan Aykroyd

Desilu, Too & Estate of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

Dr. Demento

The Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams Estate


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

The John Rich Estate

The Jonathan Winters Family

Kelly Carlin & the George Carlin Estate

The Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation

Lewis Black

The Library of Congress

Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner

Mark and Alison Russell

Marx Brothers, Inc.

Melissa Rivers and the Joan Rivers Estate

NBCUniversal Archives and Collections

Paramount Pictures

Paul Anderson, Christine Anderson, and the Brad Anderson Family

Paul Feig

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

Tommy and Dick Smothers

Upright Citizens Brigade

Warner Brothers Archive

Weird Al Yankovic

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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