Patricia A. Biasuzzi papers
The Patricia A. Biasuzzi papers have been arranged into two series. This collection is housed in one archival document box.
- Biasuzzi, Patricia A., 1946- (Person)
Conditions Governing Use
0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Patricia Ann Biasuzzi (née McBride) was born in 1946 and grew up in Syracuse, New York. Inspired by creative parents who woodworked and sewed, Biasuzzi loved to draw and design clothes for her cherished dolls. She studied Art at Syracuse University and graduated magna cum laude in May 1968. Biasuzzi took courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in New York and shortly received her first professional job designing clothes for toddlers in Philadelphia. After relocating to New England with her husband, Biasuzzi applied for a position at Hasbro in Rhode Island.
Biasuzzi designed doll clothes and toy samples for Hasbro from 1971-1977. She developed freelance projects for several toy companies, operating her own studio, Patricia Ann Designs. Knickerbocker Toys purchased one of her design concepts and licensed it as Play with Me Cookie Monster in 1979. She soon joined a small toy design/inventing firm called John Holden & Associates, where she created several more successful toy products, including Back Pack Pets Silly Stick-Ons, and Little Miss Buttons.
During her career, Biasuzzi constantly dealt with the competitive nature of the toy industry, including intellectual property infringement and anti-feminist sentiments, but she remained positive and passionate about her work. After winding down her toy design career, she became an art provider, designing and offering projects at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Camp Hope for Children with Cancer. As of 2017, Biasuzzi still loves toys and hopes to inspire future designers through her experience and creations.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Autobiographical information, 2016
Series II: Toy designs, 2016
- AmToy, Inc.
- Back Pack Pets (Toy)
- Cabbage Patch Kids Pin-Ups (Toy)
- Century Products Company
- Coleco Industries, Inc.
- Day Care Pets (Toy)
- Dolls -- Clothing
- Hasbro, Inc.
- Holden, John
- Intellectual property infringement
- Knickerbocker Toy Company, Inc.
- Little Miss Buttons Easy-Dress Doll
- Muppet Babies (Fictitious characters)
- Muppet Babies Bottle Pals (Toy)
- Play with Me Cookie Monster (Toy)
- Reliable Toy Company
- Remco Industries, Inc.
- Silly Stick-Ons (Toy)
- Toy industry
- Toys -- Design and construction.
- Toys -- United States -- History -- 20th century
- Finding Aid to the Patricia A. Biasuzzi Papers, 2016
- Nicole Pease
- 18 May 2017
- Description rules
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA