Scope and arrangement
The collection contains correspondence, mainly personal letters by Ludlam to Scott, scripts and notebooks by Ludlam, writings by Scott including his memoirs of working with Ludlam, and records of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, primarily publicity such as mock-ups and art work by Scott for printed material and the programs and fliers themselves, as well as photographs and clippings and a small amount of correspondence, minutes and reports. There are also a few items from Playhouse of the Ridiculous, a predecessor to the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, and oversize material including posters for productions and biographical articles on Ludlam.
The Christopher Scott papers on the Ridiculous Theatrical Company is arranged in eight series:
- 1964-1989 and n.d.5 folders
Personal correspondence of Christopher Scott includes an interesting file of handwritten letters Ludlam wrote to him between 1964-1971 and possibly earlier, personal letters he received from others, photocopies of a letter he wrote to Ludlam and one he wrote to his parents, and letters to Scott on using his photographs.
- 1962-2002 and n.d.12 folders
Manuscripts are by Charles Ludlam, Christopher Scott and Peter Golub.
- 1967-19873 folders
Professional correspondence of Christopher Scott and Charles Ludlam on matters at the Ridiculous Theatrical Company as well as general fundraising appeals.
- 1978-19884 folders
Consists of minutes from two meetings, an annual report with financial statements, a grant application and other administrative files such as phone numbers and patron lists primarily from the period when Christopher Scott was executive director of the Company.
- 1967-199214 folders
Consists of working files such as mock-ups for ads and programs, and photographic prints, contact sheets and negatives, as well as the final printed version of the publicity such as posters, fliers, programs and ads and listings clipped from newspapers.
- 1967-19816 folders
Includes a profile of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, reviews of its productions, biographical information and photographs of Charles Ludlam from age 17 to his death, and miscellaneous clippings on the theater.
- 1966-19702 folders
Playhouse of the Ridiculous material consists of a few programs and press releases.
- 1967-19897 folders
Includes mock-ups and artwork by Christopher Scott for publicity for Ridiculous Theatrical Company productions, posters and two periodicals containing articles on Charles Ludlam and Christopher Scott.