The Collections

The National Comedy Center Archive conserves artifacts that illuminate the comedic process and chronicle the history of the artform. Our collections are comprised of thousands of working documents like handwritten jokes, annotated scripts, set lists, correspondence, and contracts, as well as photographs, scrapbooks, rare footage, awards, and stage-used props and costumes. The Archive interfaces with National Comedy Center exhibits and programs, and is designed to not only preserve, but provide engaging access to, the important cultural and artistic contributions of comedians.

Making an Archives Gift

The National Comedy Center Archive is always growing. Our facilities accommodate printed & manuscript materials, photographs, dimensional artifacts, and most 20th and 21st century audiovisual formats. 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 or call (716) 484-0800. Ongoing conservation efforts are supported by contributions to the National Comedy Center Endowment Fund [<–link tbd]. Please consider making a financial pledge to support the preservation of comedy history.

Research and Rights Inquiries

The National Comedy Center Archive provides information services to researchers for approved scholarly and artistic purposes. Many collections are accessible on site by appointment. Please inquire about the availability of materials at least two weeks prior to your scheduled archive visit. Reproductions of archival material may be available for approved projects. Contact Laura LaPlaca, Director of Archives, at for more information.


Date that museum will be open:

August 1, 2018
203 West Second Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
(716) 484-0800
10am – 5pm, 7 days a week
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