John Szczepaniak papers Edit


Finding Aid Author
Julia Novakovic
Finding Aid Date
27 June 2016
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard


  • 2006 (Creation)
  • 2013 (Creation)


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  • Abstract

    This collection contains two original audio cassettes of interviews with video game developers and a digital copy of an article in a video game journal. The digitized audio from these cassettes (on DVD and digital files) has also been included in this collection.

  • Language

    The materials in this colleciton are in English.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    This collection is open for research use by staff of The Strong and by users of its library and archives. Though the donor has not transferred intellectual property rights (including, but not limited to any copyright, trademark, and associated rights therein) to The Strong, he has given permission for The Strong to make copies in all media for museum, educational, and research purposes.

  • Custodial History

    The John Szczepaniak papers were donated to The Strong in April 2011 as a gift from John Szczepaniak in memory of Dale DeSharone. The materials were accessioned by The Strong under Object ID 111.1448.

  • Preferred citation for publication

    John Szczepaniak papers, Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong

  • Processed by

    An initial inventory and data entry were created by James Leach in 2011. Revised processing to include digitized audio files was done by Julia Novakovic in June 2016.

  • Biographical Note

    John Szczepaniak is a freelance journalist based in the United Kingdom who has covered the computer gaming industry for magazines such as Retro Gamer, Official PlayStation Magazine, and The Gamer’s Quarter. He is also a frequent contributor to Hardcore Gaming 101. In 2014, Szczepaniak published the Kickstarter-funded The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers.

  • Collection Scope and Content Note

    The John Szczepaniak papers contain recorded audio and a digital print article. In 2006, Szczepaniak interviewed Jim Rushing and Joseph Ybarra about their involvement in the development of the game M.U.L.E. This collection contains the complete audio recordings of those interviews, which were later utilized in the article “Mechanical Donkeys” published in The Gamer’s Quarter #6 (Fall 2006). A second recording contains an interview with Dale DeSharone relating to his career, which included producing games for the Commodore 64 and the Philips CD-i systems.

    The John Szczepaniak papers are arranged into two series, one of which is further divided into subseries. The physical materials are housed in one archival document box; digital materials are stored on the internal network of The Strong.

  • System of Arrangement

    Series I: Recorded interview audio, 2006, 2013

    Subseries A: Audio cassettes
    Subseries B: Audio CDs
    Subseries C: Digital audio

    Series II: Digital journal article, 2006

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