Scott Adams papers
The Scott Adams papers are arranged into two series, one of which has been further divided into subseries. The collection is housed in four archival document boxes.
- 1970 - 2015
- Majority of material found within 1978 - 1987
- Adams, Scott (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
4.2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
By 1978, Adams established Adventure International as a software publishing company alongside his then-wife Alexis. Initially, Adams’s Adventureland games were loose cassette tapes, copied one-by-one on his TRS-80 and sold without any product packaging. After a Chicago-area Radio Shack owner told Adams that he could sell more games if the products came in retail packaging, Adams found a low-cost solution; he placed the cassette games into baby bottle liners and stapled a folded business card over the top to seal them. (Later packaging resembled book covers and featured a range of artwork.) Adventure International grew into a prolific software house and is credited with kick-starting the third-party software industry.
Adams authored more than a dozen interactive fiction titles, and he contacted Marvel Comics in the mid-1980s to see if they would be interested in licensing any characters for computer games. After establishing a partnership, Adams wrote the Questprobe comics series while Marvel artists drew the illustrations. The first Marvel tie-in adventure game, Questprobe featuring The Hulk, was released in 1984, followed up with Questprobe featuring Spider-Man (1984) and Questprobe featuring The Human Torch and The Thing (1985).
As the videogame and home computer game markets experienced a downturn in the mid-1980s, Adventure International closed in 1985. Adams continued his career as a programmer, and in 2013, released his latest text-adventure game called The Inheritance. As of 2018, Scott Adams and his wife Roxanne Adams run an adventure and puzzle game company called Clopas.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Professional papers, 1970-2014
Subseries A: Game development documentation, 1970-1985
Subseries B: Adventure International product catalogs and fliers, 1978-1984
Subseries C: Correspondence and agreements, 1975-1987
Subseries D: Publicity and awards, 1979-2014
Series II: Personal papers, 1970-2015
- Finding Aid to the Scott Adams Papers, 1970-2015
- Julia Novakovic
- 6 February 2018
- Description rules
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA