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Emerson College: The American Comedy Archives

Founded in 2005, the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College aims to, "acquire, preserve, and make available primary source material that documents the professional activities of the groundbreaking individuals who have written, produced, or performed comedy for radio, television, motion pictures, or live performance." Comedy fans can explore a number of digitized materials at the archive's website. At the center of the archives is a collection of oral history interviews with comedians including Dick Gregory, Betty White, Dick Van Dyke, and Phyllis Diller (to name just a few). Visitors can read full transcripts of these interviews and explore excerpts by theme (e.g. "What is Funny?" and, "Advice to Those Starting Out"). As of this write-up, a few of these interviews have also been digitized, thanks to a 2017 partnership with Television Academy Foundation's Archive of American Television. Visitors interested in learning more about the archive's full holdings can check out a number of finding aids in the collections section.
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-01-05
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