Jane Jensen papers
The Jane Jensen papers are arranged into two series. The physical papers are housed in one archival document box. The digital files are accessible on-site at The Strong.
- 1995 - 2012
- Majority of material found in 2012
- Jensen, Jane (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
28.2 Megabytes (Digital materials (Accessible on-site at The Strong))
Jensen (born Jane Elizabeth Smith) earned a B.A. in Computer Science from Anderson University in Indiana. After graduation, she initially worked as a software engineer for Hewlett-Packard but was soon hired as a staff writer at Sierra On-Line. Jensen worked on documentation and dialogue for several games at Sierra before co-designing King’s Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow with Roberta Williams. In 1993, Sierra published Jensen’s first solo game, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, a point-and-click adventure game about a bookstore owner and horror novelist who investigates a series of local murders. The game received high praise from game reviewers, as well as the go-ahead for a sequel at Sierra. The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery was released in 1995, produced entirely in full motion video. The following year, Jensen began designing the third Gabriel Knight title (ultimately the final adventure game to be published by Sierra). Over the next decade, she continued developing games for various companies, including Oberon Media and Zynga.
In 2012, Jensen and husband Robert Holmes established Pinkerton Road Studio to focus on graphic adventure games. They announced a project on Kickstarter to fund the development of two games; following a successful campaign, Pinkerton released their first games (Moebius: Empire Rising and a 20th anniversary edition of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers) in 2014.
Jensen has designed, directed, or written more than two dozen video games. She is also an accomplished novelist under the names Jane Jensen and Eli Easton.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Physical game design documentation, 1995-2002
Series II: Digital files, 1995-2012
- Brainfactor Company
- Computer adventure games
- Computer games
- Gabriel Knight (Video game series)
- Gabriel Knight: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned (Game)
- Gabriel Knight: The Beast Within (Game)
- Gabriel Knight: The Sins of the Fathers (Game)
- Game design and development
- Gray Matter (Game)
- Hallahan, Katie
- Moebius (Game)
- Pinkerton Road Studio
- Sierra Entertainment, Inc
- Sierra On-Line, Inc.
- Video games -- Authorship
- Women in Games
- Finding Aid to the Jane Jensen Papers, 1995-2012
- Julia Novakovic
- 6 November 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