Manuscripts include files, screenplays, playscripts, teleplays, voiceover and narration scripts, sheet music and lyrics sheets, and transcripts of stand-up comedy routines; Files may include ancillary materials related to a project, such as correspondence, photographs taken during production, storyboards, and production schedules.
Screenplays include Aladdin, Awakenings, Good Morning Vietnam, Hamlet, Night At The Museum, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Ferngully: The Last Rainforest, Hook, Jakob the Liar, Jumanji, Toys, and many others. Plays include The Exonerated and Waiting For Godot. Teleplays include The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour, A Carol Burnett Special: Laughing Matters, Comic Relief, Happy Days, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Larry Sanders Show: The Hank’s Contract Episode, Laugh-In, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit: Authority, The Richard Pryor Show, Saturday Night Live, Sesame Street, and others. Williams’ breakout television series is well-represented with numerous Mork and Mindy scripts for episodes and special appearances beginning in 1978 and continuing through 1979. Voiceover and narration scripts include work Williams did for various video games and television specials. Lyric sheets are included for various songs from Aladdin, as well as "Blame Canada" from South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, as well as other songs performed by Williams for various projects. The collection also includes extensive material related to Williams' stand-up comedy career. There are transcripts of Williams' routines, notebooks and notes for various appearances, as well as audio recordings of many routines. These materials date from 1984 to 2013.
Professional material includes files of documents related to various projects and appearances, dating from 1977 to 2011. Additional material includes press kits, itineraries, and a handbook related to an USO tour Williams made in 2010 to entertain and visit with armed forces in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Germany.
Correspondence in the collection includes professional and personal letters dating from 1978 to 2014. Notable correspondents include many of Williams' former co-stars and collaborators, as well as various political figures. Included are Robert DeNiro, Whoopi Goldberg, Bobcat Goldthwait, Nathan Lane, Sting and Trudie Styler, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, David Geffen, Mike Nichols, Harlan Ellison, Jane Fonda, Eric Idle, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Michael Ovitz, Sydney Pollack, Gene Siskel, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, Jonathan Winters, Fred Rogers, Diane Lane, Barbara Walters, Kenneth Branagh, Jeff Bridges, Princess Diana (of Wales), Dr. Oliver Sacks, Gene Shalit, Harvey Fierstein, John Hughes, Chuck Jones, Dan Rather, Francis Coppola, Sally Field, Dave Letterman, George Lucas, Ivan Reitman, Sir George Martin, Mike Myers, Max Von Sydow, Alan Arkin, John Irving, Terry Gilliam, Minnie Pearl, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Don Rickles, Pam Dawber, Mickey Rooney, Whitney Houston, Billy Crystal, and many others. Political figures include President Bill Clinton, Sen. Ted Kennedy , Vice President Al Gore, Ethel Kennedy, Sen. John Kerry, Gov. Ann Richards, President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford, and others.
Research material in the collection dates from 1987 to 2005. Included are various items regarding current events and news of interest, and materials relevant to Good Morning, Vietnam and Father's Day.
Printed material includes files related to various projects and media appearances dating from 1978 to 1996. Also included are promotional brochures and postcards, lobby cards, flyers and pamphlets, and programs, as well as many magazines featuring Williams (1978-2014).
The collection includes numerous photographs. Most are professional in nature, though some personal photographs are also present. The photos include publicity stills, media appearances, photographs taken during production of various films and projects, headshots, and candids, dating from ca. 1950s to 2011. Notable individuals present in the photographic materials include Billy Crystal, Ivan Reitman, Bill Cosby, Diane Lane, Francis Ford Coppola, Jennifer Lopez, Liev Schreiber, Alan Arkin, Rown Atkinson, Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber, Jonathan Winters, Nathan Lane, Shelley Duvall, Glenn Close, Lance Armstrong, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Christopher Reeve, Rudy Giuliani, Blythe Danner, Matt Damon, and many others. Personal photographs include an image of Williams as a child and a black and white print of Williams and Marsha Garces on their wedding day (1989).
Audio in the collection includes several recordings of Williams' comedy routines, as well as many interviews of Williams and other comedians. Individuals represented here in conversation with Williams include Cheech Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, Bobcat Goldthwaite, Greg Proops, Jonathan Winters, Buddy Hackett, Nathan Lane and Eric Idle. Numerous media formats are present, including audio cassettes, digital micro tapes, long-playing record albums, and digital audio tapes. Commercial recordings of soundtracks and specials featuring Williams are also present, including Aladdin, Flubber, Happy Feet, and various other projects.
Film and video in the collection includes recordings of movies, projects, and media appearances by Williams, dating from the 1980s to the 2000s. Formats include digital video discs, mini-discs, 8mm video cassettes, digital video mini-cassettes, Beta-Cam videocassettes, U-Matic videocassettes, and reel-to-reel film recordings.
Electronic media in the collection includes floppy disks and Zip disks containing publicity materials, photographic files, and transcripts and recording of comedy routines, dating from 2000 to 2002.
Artwork contains production materials related to Death to Smoochy and Hook, as well as drawings by friends, family, and fans.
Personal memorabilia in the collection includes movie props and costumes, awards and certificates, toys and games, and scrapbooks. Of note are Williams' many nomination certificates from the Grammys, Emmys, Academy of Motion Pictures, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Hollywood Foreign Press and Assocation, dating from the 1980s to the 2000s. Numerous toys and gadgets related to Williams’ films include Mork and Mindy toys and the official board game; a "Fender" (from Robots) action figure; and tap-dancing penguin feet from Happy Feet. Williams’ costumes from Hook and Jakob the Liar are also present.
The collection also contains a small amount of financial material, scrapbooks, and notebooks.