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National Comedy Center to Digitize Lucille Ball Archives

The interactive National Comedy Center builds on Ball's vision for a museum that celebrates all comedy as an art form

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    National Comedy Center to Digitize Lucille Ball Archives
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    American actress and comedienne Lucille Ball (1911 - 1989), as Lucy Ricardo, talks on the telephone in a scene from an episode of the television comedy 'I Love Lucy' entitled 'Job Switching,' in Los Angeles, California, May 30, 1952. The episode was originally broadcast as the opening episode of the show's second season, on September 15, 1952.

    Handwritten notes and family photographs belonging to Lucille Ball will be digitally preserved as part of a new project being undertaken by the National Comedy Center in the late actress's hometown.

    The center in western New York announced plans Friday to digitize the archives of the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum in marking the 30th anniversary of the "I Love Lucy" star's death.

    Much of the material, which also includes behind-the-scenes production papers and telegrams, has never been exhibited. Museum officials say it will be made available in the coming years.

    The interactive National Comedy Center opened last summer near the existing Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum. The interactive National Comedy Center builds on Ball's vision for a museum that celebrates all comedy as an art form.