LeRoy Howard papers
The LeRoy Howard papers are arranged into two series, one of which has been further divided into subseries. The materials are housed in four archival document boxes and one oversized flat folder.
- 1892 - 1952
- Majority of material found within 1930 - 1952
- Howard, LeRoy (Person)
Conditions Governing Use
2 Linear Feet (4 boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Howard served as a games editor, designer, and development manager for Parker Brothers in Salem, Massachusetts, during the 1930s through the 1950s. Howard advised George S. Parker and Robert Barton on the purchase and development of the game Monopoly in 1935. As the main employee performing research and development tasks, Howard encouraged Parker Brothers executives to play-test prototype games. These sessions aided in refining rules, discovering flaws, and determining game strategies.
Later in his career, Howard assisted in developing successful Parker Brothers games Clue, Risk, and Senet. He married Frances O’Leary, a telephone operator at Parker Brothers, and they resided in Beverly, Massachusetts until his death in 1963.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Business papers, 1892-1952
Subseries A: Game development
Subseries B: Patents and related correspondence
Subseries C: Notes and miscellaneous papers
Series II: Published game instructions, 1893-1952
- Board game industry
- Board game industry -- United States.
- Board games -- Design and construction.
- Board games -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
- Clue (Game)
- Game design and development
- Games -- Research.
- Landlord's Game
- Monopoly (Game)
- Monopoly (Game) -- History.
- National Toy Hall of Fame inductee
- Parker Brothers, Inc
- Parker Brothers, inc.
- Parker, George Swinnerton
- Phillips, Elizabeth Magie
- Senet (Game)
- Finding Aid to the LeRoy Howard Papers, 1892-1952
- Julia Novakovic
- 18 June 2014
- Description rules
- Language of description
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA