Patricia A. Biasuzzi papers Edit


Finding Aid Author
Nicole Pease
Finding Aid Date
18 May 2017
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  • 2016 (Creation)


  • .25 Linear Feet (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    The Patricia A. Biasuzzi papers contain materials related to toy designer Patricia A. Biasuzzi, her designs, and play memories. The documentation for materials in this collection was created in 2016, though the papers feature Biasuzzi’s childhood from 1946-1956 and toy design career between 1977 and 1994.

  • 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 Patricia A. Biasuzzi papers were donated to The Strong in December 2016 as a gift from Patricia A. Biasuzzi. The papers were accessioned by The Strong under Object ID 116.9033 and were received from Patricia A. Biasuzzi along with a donation of her personal dolls and production versions of her toy designs.

  • Preferred Citation for Publication

    Patricia A. Biasuzzi papers, Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong.

  • Processed by

    Nicole Pease, May 2017

  • Biographical Note

    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.

  • Collection Scope and Content Note

    The Patricia A. Biasuzzi papers contain reminiscences, autobiographical material, and reproductions of correspondence, legal materials, catalog product pages, photographs, drawings, design ideas, fabric samples, patterns, and notes. The documentation in this collection was created in 2016 by Biasuzzi, though the time periods detailed within the materials include 1946-1956 and 1977-1994.

    The Patricia A. Biasuzzi papers have been arranged into two series. This collection is housed in one archival document box.

  • Related Materials

    The following is a list of personal dolls and production versions of Biasuzzi’s toy designs which are held at The Strong Museum of Play under their respective Object ID numbers.

    Annie: Object ID 116.7153
    Betsy McCall doll: Object ID 116.7154
    Cabbage Patch Kids Pin-Ups: Object IDs 116.7145, 116.7150
    Little Miss Buttons: Object ID 116.7131
    Littlest Angel doll: Object ID 116.7152
    Muppet Babies Bottle Pals: Object ID 116.7129
    Play with Me Cookie Monster: Object ID 116.7130
    Silly Stick-Ons: Object IDs 116.7126, 116.7127

  • System of Arrangement

    Series I: Autobiographical information, 2016

    Series II: Toy designs, 2016

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