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Anne D. Williams papers

Identifier: 2020.williams
The Anne D. Williams papers contain decades of compiled research (notes, reference, correspondence, photographs, and other documentation) on various companies, independent puzzle-makers, puzzle collectors, and more. The bulk of the materials are dated between 1980 and 2006.


  • 1789 - 2019
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 2006


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is still being processed; researchers interested in this collection's contents or puzzle history should contact the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at .


22 Linear Feet (40 archival document boxes, 1 oversized document box, 1 oversized folder)

Biographical Note

Anne D. Williams, Professor Emerita of Economics at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, is a preeminent jigsaw puzzle historian and collector.

Williams has conducted decades of research and written numerous publications on jigsaw puzzle history; she has also appeared on many national television programs and in local news features on puzzles. Williams joined the Association of Game and Puzzle Collectors (AGPC) as a Charter Member, and she received the 2007 AGPC Spilsbury Award as an acknowledgment of her contributions to the AGPC and for being the “world’s foremost expert on jigsaw puzzles.” Williams’ books include Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide (1990) and The Jigsaw Puzzle: Piecing Together a History (2004).

Related Materials

In 2014, The Strong acquired more than 7,000 jigsaw puzzles from Anne D. Williams, including examples from nearly all American and European puzzle-makers from the 18th century to the present.

The Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play houses hundreds of jigsaw puzzle company trade catalogs and flyers within its library stacks, the majority of which were donated to the research library by Anne D. Williams in 2011 and 2013. The archives also holds the Anne D. Williams collection of jigsaw puzzle videos, 1983-2011.
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Repository Details

Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository

The Strong
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA
585.423.1886 (Fax)