Stephen K. Desroches papers Edit


Finding Aid Author
Nicole Pease and Julia Novakovic
Finding Aid Date
27 September 2018
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard


  • 1948 – 2018 (Creation)
  • 1982 – 1992 (Creation)


  • 4.75 Linear Feet (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    The Stephen K. Desroches papers provide a unique perspective of male childhood in the 1980s and 1990s. Materials in this collection exhibit creative activities, including homemade books, sticker books, photo albums, scrapbooks, and correspondence to pen pals and holiday characters. Additional items in this collection document events attended by Desroches throughout his life. The bulk of the materials are dated between 1982 and 1992.

  • Language

    The majority of materials in this collection are in English, with some instances of French, German, and Russian.

  • 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 Stephen K. Desroches papers were donated to The Strong at various times as a gift from Stephen Desroches. The papers were received from Desroches in multiple donations and accessioned by The Strong under Object IDs 117.3115, 117.3116, 117.3317, 117.3318, and 118.8965.

  • Preferred citation for publication

    Stephen K. Desroches papers, Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong

  • Processed by

    Nicole Pease, August-September 2018

  • Biographical Note

    Stephen K. (“Steve”) Desroches spent his childhood in Taunton, Massachusetts, attending Hopewell Elementary School and Parker Middle School in the 1980s and 1990s. He was often the “court jester,” making people laugh, and had an aptitude for writing which was apparent in his school work and play-related activities.

    Desroches graduated from Wheaton College and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University where he received awards for his investigative work on issues facing lesbians and gays seeking political asylum in the United States. Desroches’ work as a journalist has appeared in Provincetown publications as well as The Advocate, The Boston Herald, and In Newsweekly.

  • Collection Scope and Content Note

    This collection contains materials relating to Stephen K. Desroches’ childhood activities and school work. These include correspondence, writings, photo albums, scrapbooks, articles, publications, awards, realia, photographs, drawings, notebooks, audio cassettes, and sticker books. Also included in this collection are tickets and passes to events throughout Desroches’ lifetime. The bulk of the materials are dated between 1982 and 1992. Additional scope and content information can be found in the “Contents List” section of this finding aid.

    The Stephen K. Desroches papers have been arranged into seven series, one of which has been divided into subseries. The collection is housed in five archival document boxes and one oversized folder.

  • Related Materials

    The Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play holds a copy of Steve Desroches’ 2011 book My God, My God … Why Have You Forsaken Me? (which corresponds to several items in this archival collection). The Strong also houses several dozen objects (including holiday decorations, crafts, pageant trophies, and drag costumes) donated by Desroches in its museum collections.

  • System of Arrangement

    Series I: Creative writing, 1980-1992, 2015

    Subseries A: Leisure, 1980-1992, 2015
    Subseries B: School, 1981-1992

    Series II: Art, 1980s

    Series III: Scrapbooks, 1979-1992

    Series IV: Photo albums, 1987

    Series V: Audiocassettes, 1983-1984

    Series VI: Theater and other events, 1982-2018

    Series VII: Miscellaneous, 1948, 2015-2018

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    Stephen K. Desroches papers (OS Folder 1)