The Collection


The Comisar Collection conserves more historic television costumes, props, sets and related ephemera than any other archive (including the Smithsonian in Washington DC), and it maintains a level of collection care that leads the nation in the preservation of Hollywood ephemera.


The Comisar Collection of cultural materials will serve as the permanent collection of the Museum of Television, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization beginning in 2013, and our archived materials can currently be seen at exhibits including “Out of the Box” (in partnership with Warner Bros. Television) on view at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, California; “The 1969 Exhibit” (supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services) traveling from the Atlanta History Center, to the Chicago History Museum, and to the Oakland Museum of California; and our year-long tribute to Johnny Carson including at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills (in support of the PBS “American Masters” series), at the Hammerstein Theater in New York City (in conjunction with Comedy Central), and in the forthcoming theatrical release, “The Amazing Burt Wonderstone” (Warner Bros. 2013) and others.


The objects in our care are the touchstones of the TV generation,

 including those worn or wielded by the pioneering performers

that transitioned from vaudeville, to radio and finally to the television

medium.  These beloved costumes, props and sets anchor sixty years of our

shared history and memorialize the reciprocal influence between television and

American culture. props and sets anchor sixty years props and sets anchor sixty years of our shared history and memorialize the reciprocal influence between television and American culture. We are proud to excite and educate the general public about social history, and materials have been showcased on programs including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Today Show,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” CNN, as well as having been the subject of documentaries produced by The Learning Channel and The History Channel. Additionally, our artifacts and expertise have been highlighted in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Art & Antiques, Esquire, People Magazine, TV Guide and many other publications. Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, California Governor Gray Davis, a dozen senators, and many others have also acknowledged our archival and humanitarian efforts.


We are pleased to be of service to a clientele that includes top-tier actors, directors, studios, networks, production companies, museums and high net worth individuals including: Johnny Carson, David Chase, Simon Cowell, Johnny Depp, Endemol Entertainment, FremantleMedia, NBC Productions, Norman Lear, David Letterman, Paul Reubens, Ray Romano, Phil Rosenthal, Jerry Seinfeld, Sony Television, Donald Trump, Steven Spielberg, Aaron Spelling, 20Th Century-Fox, TV Land, Viacom, the Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Studios, John Wells, Dick Wolf, and numerous others.


While Comisar Collection president James Comisar preserves the past, he is also uniquely committed to assisting those who struggle with the present, having sponsored tens of thousands of meals for the homeless population of Los Angeles, underwritten medical and nutritional necessities for children and their caregivers challenged with HIV-AIDS, and lent support to persons in suicidal crisis. He also continues his long association with Project Angel Food, a Los Angeles-based agency that delivers over one-thousand nutritional meals a day to those with life-threatening illnesses, and to date James’ efforts have helped to raise nearly $1 million through Hollywood-centric auctions and donations.