Scope and arrangement
The Charles Ludlam papers are arranged in eleven series:
The series begins with Ludlam's personal diaries and notes. The notebooks consist primarily of fragmentary ideas relating to several different produced and unproduced plays. Since most of the notebooks contain notes from several different plays and there is no apparent order to the contents of the notebooks, they are arranged alphabetically by the first or most important play. The majority of the notebooks are undated. Although there is a series for costume and set designs, there are some sketches in the notebook series.
This series consists of series consists of material that Ludlam collected on clowns and set designs arranged alphabetically by subject.
This series consists of series consists of notes, plot outlines, and scripts for produced and unproduced plays arranged alphabetically by title. There is also some promotional material.
This series consists primarily of costume and set design sketches arranged alphabetically by play title. There are also unidentified set designs and sketches.
This series consists of advertisements, reviews, programmes and promotional material arranged alphabetically by kind of material and play title.
This series consists of sketchbooks, costume and set designs, storyboards, a portrait, and a photograph. The material is arranged by size.
This series consists of annotated manuscript pages, edited scripts arranged by title, unbound pages, foul manuscript pages, and pasted page proofs (sampled) from Samuels's book.