The Alan Cumming collection consists of photographs, manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, professional material, scrapbooks, memorabilia, audio, video, and other material.
Photographs in the collection include personal and professional images of Cumming, including several photos and still images of Cumming acting on stage and screen. Many of the photos have been placed in photo albums, and several photos are digital images. The photos date from 1984 to the present. Notable productions include A Streetcar Named Desire (1986); Circle of Friends (1995); Emma (1995); Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997); Cabaret (1998); The Art Party (2002); X-Men 2 (2003); The Good Wife (2011); and The Tin Man (2012). Notable individuals present in the photos include Victoria Beckham, Saffron Burrows, Anderson Cooper, Minnie Driver, Colin Firth, Stephen Fry, Henry Kissinger, Lisa Kudrow, Monica Lewinsky, Camryn Manheim, Ian McKellen, Ann Miller, Willie Nelson, Michael Palin, Rebecca Romijn, Diane Sawyer, Michael Stipe, Sigourney Weaver, and many others.
Manuscripts in the collection include scripts, screenplays, and music, by various authors. Titles include a script for Shakespeare's Macbeth, used by Cumming for performances at the National Theatre of Scotland; “A Land Fit for Heroes,” a radio script by David Cameron; the screenplay for Reefer Madness, by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney (2004); a production script and other items regarding Cumming's appearance on Saturday Night Live (2000); and lyric sheets for his performances with Liza Minnelli.
Correspondence in the collection includes personal and professional letters to and from Cumming, dating from 1986 to 2014. Notable correspondents include Joel Grey, Joe Machota, Rob Marshall, Frances McDormand, Rosie O'Donnell, Ron Rifkin, and Stephen Sondheim.
Printed material in the collection includes newspapers and magazines with articles mentioning Cumming; playbills; programs; postcards; flyers; booklets; and posters.
Professional material includes press kits and subject files. Press Kits date from 1993 to 2012, including kits for the films Annie (1994), Buddy (1997), Goldeneye (1995), and Spy Kids (2001).Subject files in the collection consist of various documents and recordings arranged by Cumming around a particular production. Titles represented in the files include Victor and Barry (1989); Hamlet (1993); Buddy (1997); Spice World (1997); Cabaret (1998); The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000); The Anniversary Party (2001); Design for Living (2001); Spy Kids (2001); X-Men 2 (2003); Full Grown Men (2004); Reefer Madness (2004); Sweetland (2005); Billy the Vet (2005); Gray Matters (2005); Son of the Mask (2005); and The Threepenny Opera (2006). Also present is a production binder for The Anniversary Party, including a script, storyboard drawings, schedules, and contacts.
Scrapbooks in the collection consist of photographs, printed items, and other documents; the albums are arranged chronologically, and date from 1985 to 2008.
Memorabilia in the collection includes awards presented to Cumming, including the Laurence Olivier Award (1991); a Kennedy Center Honors plaque (1998); a Tony Award (1998); and a Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland (2012-2013). Mostly this material consists of various objects and miscellany, mostly related to Cumming's acting career including an honorary Doctorate of Arts from Abertay University, Dundee. Also present are bottles of Cumming's fragrances, "Cumming" and "2nd Cumming," and a program and napkin from Christmas at the White House.
Audio recordings in the collection include compact discs of Cumming performing various dramatic pieces, narrations, or other works, including I Bought a Blue Car Today (2009); Britten: Still Feels the Rain (2012); and The Head that Wears the Crown: Speeches for Royal Men by William Shakespeare (2013). Also present are several audiobooks read by Cumming, mostly on audio cassette; as well as recordings of some appearances by Cumming on various radio shows.
Video recordings in the collection include numerous appearances by Cumming in stage productions, films, and television programs, including several talk shows and awards ceremonies on VHS and DVD. These recordings date from 1993 to 2014.
Other items in the collection include various journals and datebooks by Cumming (ca. 1993-1998), and a diary by Cumming's father used as a prop (1972); press releases, biographical materials, and schedules (ca. 1980s-2004); various juvenile, including programs and flyers from productions that included Cumming (1965-1982); artwork created by Cumming; and some storyboards.