Ron Dubren papers
The Ron Dubren papers are arranged into seven series, two of which are further divided into subseries. The physical collection is housed in 31 archival document boxes. Digital files comprise one series, located on the internal network of The Strong.
- 1975 - 2008
- Majority of material found within 1981 - 2002
- Dubren, Ron (Designer, Person)
Conditions Governing Use
15.25 Linear Feet (31 boxes)
2.2 Megabytes (Digital files) : Accessible on-site at The Strong.
As Dubren worked on his writing, he realized his talent for creating word puzzles. He became a self-employed feature puzzle writer, selling his creations to various syndicates for publication in newspapers. Finding success with word puzzles, Dubren next focused his attention on strategy and board games. He attended the American International Toy Fair (commonly referred to as the New York Toy Fair) in 1980 to learn the ropes of the game industry. That same year, Dubren founded Ron Dubren & Associates (RDA) to develop and license original products. He soon sold his first creation: Chinese Chess. Dubren concentrated mainly on games during the 1980s, successfully selling dozens of inventions. He also worked on developing video games, computer games, and VCR games. Dubren continually attended the annual Toy Fair and provided consulting services for other game design firms.
In the 1990s, Dubren shifted his attention to toys and the possibility of incorporating new technology into their design. In these endeavors, he collaborated with several electrical engineers, including Greg Hyman. By 1992, Dubren and Hyman had formed a partnership which ultimately resulted in the wildly popular Tickle Me Elmo doll. Following the Tickle Me Elmo sensation, Dubren and Hyman developed spin-offs of the doll, featuring other Sesame Street characters and various versions of moving/talking Elmos. Since 2008, Dubren has shifted his attention to writing and creating art, though he is still active in product development for the toy and game industry.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Ron Dubren & Associates corporate records, 1979-2004
Subseries A: Correspondence
Subseries B: Company history
Subseries C: Contacts
Subseries D: Meeting notes and conferences
Subseries E: Publicity
Subseries F: Product development
Subseries G: Miscellaneous files
Series II: Toy and game designs, 1975-2006
Subseries A: Crossword puzzles
Subseries B: Board games and card games
Subseries C: Computer and video games
Subseries D: Dolls and toys
Subseries E: Telephone programs
Subseries F: VCR games
Subseries G: Books
Subseries H: Candy and food novelties
Subseries I: Other designs
Series III: Television game show plans, 1980-2001
Series IV: Toy/game company information, 1979-2002
Series V: Reference materials, 1983-1994
Series VI: Oral history, 2008
Series VII: Digital files, 1985-1995
- Board game industry
- Board game industry -- United States.
- Board games -- Design and construction.
- Character toys
- Computer games industry
- Crossword puzzles.
- Dubren, Patricia
- Electronic games industry -- United States
- Game design and development
- Games -- Research.
- Greg Hyman Associates, Inc
- Rich Little's VCR Charades (Game)
- Ron Dubren & Associates
- Tickle Me Elmo (Toy)
- Toys -- Design and construction.
- Finding Aid to the Ron Dubren Papers
- Julia Novakovic
- 17 July 2013
- Description rules
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA