Entertainer Bob Hope is donating his collection of more than 50 years worth of jokes, personal papers and radio, television and movie material to the Library of Congress.

The Hope family is donating several million dollars to fund the collection and a Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment, to be located in the library's Jefferson Building."These materials will be used for years to come by those who wish to study one man's mastery of entertainment: motion pictures, musical theater, radio and television; by those who will want to experience the humor that has helped us through some of the century's most turbulent events and, of course, by those who need a laugh," Librarian of Congress James Billington told The Washington Post Friday.

The library plans to honor Hope, who turns 95 on May 29, with a dinner Tuesday.