The Christine Ebersole collection consists of professional materials, printed materials, manuscripts, photographs, artwork, memorabilia, and other items.
Professional materials in the collection consist primarily of subject files regarding various productions and performances and are arranged chronologically by year from 1977 through 2006. There is also material regarding various concerts (2013) and the Kennedy Center Honors (2013).
Printed materials, dating from the1970s to 2010s, in the collection include files, playbills, flyers, newspapers, clippings, magazines, music songbooks, and scores, among other items. There are also 68 programs, arranged chronologically and then alphabetically by production title, from various plays and events including Dinner at Eight, Grey Gardens, Blithe Spirit, and various awards shows. Magazines in this series include Home Chat (2012, 2013) and Hudson Mod (2013).
Manuscripts in the collection consist primarily of scripts, many with handwritten notes, with the bulk dating from 1980-2011. Scripts include Broadway, off-Broadway, and teleplays, including Last, Best, and Final (2011). Other materials in the series include a file regarding One Long Cigarette, a short story, and drafts regarding 42nd Street, Mame, and an article entitled “My Life at Grey Gardens.”
Correspondence in the collection, dated 1996-2011, includes files and general correspondence. Notable correspondents include Robert DeNiro, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hugh Jackman, Nathan Lane, and Martin Scorsese.
Film and video in the collection, which includes VHS and DVD, includes television episodes and television movies in which Ebersole starred. The series also includes video of Ebersole’s talk show appearances, including The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and various singing engagements. Materials date from 1984-2007, and include undated items.
Photographs in the collection consist of color prints, negatives, slides, black and white prints, and contact sheets. The series includes materials related to both Ebersole’s personal and professional life, and include professional headshots, prints regarding various stage performances (including 42nd Street, The Best Man, The Boy from Oz, Grey Gardens, and shows at Café Carlyle), award shows, and Ebersole at home. Notable individuals portrayed include George W. and Laura Bush, Hugh Dancy, Tony Danza, Isla Fisher, Yo Yo Ma, Liza Minnelli, Chris Noth, Barack Obama, Brooke Shields, and Martin Short, among others.
Artwork in the collection consists of a painting of a still from Steel Magnolias, cartoons of Ebersole, marker and pencil sketches of Ebersole, and a costume rendering for 42nd Street, among other pieces.
Memorabilia in the collection consists of awards and certificates regarding Ebersole’s various Tony Award nominations and victories, Drama Desk nomination certificate, her honorary degree from MacMurray College, and various juvenilia, among other items. Also included is a plate regarding the Goodspeed Opera House (1985); an opening night glass for Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (2000); and a glass plaque regarding Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (1997). Of particular note are the six dresses Ebersole wore either on stage (for Getting Away with Murder, Dinner at Eight, and Blithe Spirit), to award shows (including the two dresses worn when she won both Tony Awards), and to the opening night of Camelot.
Other material in the collection includes financial material; legal material; four journals from 1983 and 2002-2004; notebooks; and audio material.