Alum David Letterman donates hundreds of items to Ball State

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2015 file photo, David Letterman sports a long white beard as he speaks at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Letterman is donating memorabilia from his career in television to his alma mater. Upon his retirement from television last May, the former "Late Show" host took advantage of the opportunity to quit shaving, and the impressively bushy result has been on display in the few public appearances he's made. (Corey Ohlenkamp/The Star Press via AP, File)

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Ball State University alum and comedian David Letterman has donated more than 1,000 memorabilia items — including 15 Emmy Awards he won as talk show host — to the eastern Indiana school.

The (Muncie) Star Press reports that Ball State is appraising, researching and doing inventory on the items.

The gift was announced during a 2015 appearance by Letterman on the Muncie campus. Some items started arriving last August. Shipments have continued this year.

Letterman’s Kennedy Center Honor medal from 2012 and signed photos of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama from their “Late Show” appearances also were donated.

Letterman signed off in 2015 as host of CBS’ “Late Show.” He hosted NBC’s “Late Night” from 1982 to 1993.

He graduated from Ball State in 1969.

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