Living Books collection
The Living Books collection is arranged into nine series, two of which have been further divided into subseries. The collection is housed in 14 archival document boxes.
- Majority of material found in 1993-1997
- Schon, Jeff (Person)
Conditions Governing Use
7 Linear Feet (14 boxes)
In January 1997, Random House sold its 50% interest in Living Books back to Brøderbund. The Learning Company then purchased Brøderbund in 1998 and immediately terminated more than 500 former Brøderbund employees. Mattel acquired The Learning Company a year later, and subsequent transactions effectively rendered the original Brøderbund defunct. Living Books ceased operations as a result of the 1998 takeover, but publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt purchased the rights to the Living Books titles and content.
In 2010, Wanderful, Inc. established Wanderful Interactive Storybooks based on the original Living Books products, with the approval of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. As of 2016, these interactive story apps are available on Apple, Android, and Amazon.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Corporate information, 1991-1996
Subseries A: Mission
Subseries B: Annual reports
Subseries C: Company meetings
Subseries D: Board of Trustees meetings
Subseries E: Agreements
Series II: Financial documentation, 1994-1997
Series III: Marketing and sales, 1993-1998
Subseries A: Market research and reference
Subseries B: Marketing plans and projects
Subseries C: Sales accounts and distributors
Subseries D: Sales conferences
Series IV: Product development, 1993-1997
Series V: Personnel, 1994-1997
Series VI: Correspondence, 1994-1997
Series VII: News and publicity clippings, 1992-1997
Series VIII: Reference, 1987-2004
Series IX: Miscellaneous, n.d.
- Brøderbund Software, Inc
- Computer games
- Computer games industry
- Dr. Seuss's ABC (Computer game)
- Educational games -- Software
- Game design and development
- Games -- software
- Green Eggs and Ham (Computer game)
- Lee-Merrow, Susan W.
- Living Books (Firm)
- Random House, Inc
- Reading games
- Seuss, Dr.
- Finding Aid to the Living Books Collection, 1987-2004
- Julia Novakovic
- 8 June 2016
- Description rules
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA