North American Bear Company collection
The North American Bear Company collection has been arranged into three series. The collection is housed in one archival document box.
- 1989 - 2004
Conditions Governing Use
0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
The North American Bear Company’s first major product line of Very Important Bears (or VIBs) included 20” plush bears with names such as Scarlett O’Beara, Queen Elizabear, and William Shakesbear. In 1983, North American Bear released its VanderBear Family series, which soon featured the extremely popular Muffy VanderBear. Muffy eventually had a fan club formed in her honor; she also starred in the company’s Fanfare magazine. North American Bear offered new annual variations of Muffy along with special outfits and accessories, even manufacturing some non-bear friends for Muffy.
North American Bear continues to produce high-quality plush toys and licensed collectible bears.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Fanfare magazine, 1991-2001
Series II: North American Bear News newsletters, 1989-2001
Series III: Bear information, 1995-2004
- Finding Aid to the North American Bear Company Collection, 1989-2004
- Kelli Emler and Julia Novakovic
- November 2015
- Description rules
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA