Stefanie Eskander papers
The Stefanie Eskander papers have been arranged into two series, one of which has been further divided into subseries. The physical materials are housed in three archival document boxes and five oversized folders. Digital materials can be accessed on-site at The Strong.
- 1986 - 2018
- Majority of material found in 1990s
- Eskander, Stefanie (Person)
Conditions Governing Use
7.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 5 oversized folders)
130 Megabytes (Digital files) : Accessible on-site at The Strong.
Eskander grew up in Southern California and studied illustration in college, focusing on art for children. In 1985, she attended a job fair hosted by Mattel and was hired on the spot to work as a Designer for both small and large dolls. Hasbro recruited Eskander in 1986; while there, she worked on Jem, Dolly Surprise, and My Beautiful Doll. Eskander left Hasbro for Tonka in 1990. While at Tonka, Eskander created her most commercially successful product, WWF Wrestling Buddies. (She also designed several lines of Cupcakes dolls.) After Hasbro purchased Tonka in 1991, Eskander began freelancing but joined Fisher-Price as a Senior Designer in 1992 after they bought her doll design for Cuddle-Bye Baby.
After several years creating toys and dolls for Fisher-Price, she went back to Mattel in 1995, now as a Senior Staff Designer, to work on Cabbage Patch Kids and Polly Pocket. In 1997, Eskander established Stefanie Eskander Design, devising products for MGA, Playmates, PlayAlong Toys, Manhattan Toys, Mattel, and Hasbro. She joined Spin Master as a Staff Designer in 2009, where she developed doll and accessory lines such as Victorious and Liv. Eskander’s experience landed her as the Design Manager for Girls’ Toys at Toys R Us from 2012-2015.
In 2016, Eskander returned to freelance work, and she still designs for the toy industry as well as producing children’s illustrations and graphic artwork.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Product design concepts, 1986-2018
Subseries A: Dolls and toys, 1986-2003
Subseries B: Play sets, 1991-2015
Subseries C: Games, c. 1990s
Subseries D: Other playthings, 1987-1999
Series II: Professional papers, 2001-2003
- Betsy McCall dolls
- Character dolls
- Character toys
- Chatty Cathy (Doll)
- Cupcakes (Doll)
- Hasbro, Inc.
- Inventors -- Toys
- Mattel, Inc.
- Playskool, Inc.
- Tonka Corporation. Tonka Toys Division.
- Toy industry
- Toys -- Design and construction.
- Toys -- United States -- History -- 20th century
- Winnie the Pooh
- Finding Aid to the Stefanie Eskander Papers, 1986-2018
- Julia Novakovic
- 30 January 2019
- Description rules
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA