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List 02. Archival Collections Related to Artifacts of Play

 Record Group
Identifier: List 02
Collections within the archives that relate to playthings, collectors, traditional toy and game companies, and other materials that provide unique windows into the many facets of play.

Found in 112 Collections and/or Records:

L.B.D. Amusement Co., Inc. collection

 Collection — Box 1: [L.B.D. Amusement Co., Inc. collection]
Identifier: 116.3256
Abstract The L.B.D. Amusement Co., Inc. collection is a compilation of inventory lists, arcade tickets, licenses, photographs, stationary, and more relating to two arcades owned by the Rabkin family. The bulk of the materials are dated between 1946 and 1964.

LeRoy Howard papers

 Collection — Box 1-4: [LeRoy Howard papers]
Identifier: 114.3440
Abstract The LeRoy Howard papers are a compilation of business papers, patents, notes, and published game instructions from a former executive at Parker Brothers, Inc. The bulk of the materials are dated from 1930 through 1952.

Leslie Davies diary

 Item — Box Individual Manuscripts
Identifier: 92.8781
Abstract This diary of Leslie Davies spans from January 1, 1916 to January 1, 1918. Included with the diary are two lists of subjects compiled by staff of The Strong, listing an index of play-related subjects such as camping, dancing, fishing, football, horseback riding, attending moving-picture shows, playing games, swimming, and more.

Letter from Gary Gygax to Steve Marsh

 Item — Box Individual Manuscripts Box 6, Folder: 2
Identifier: 124.160
Collection Scope and Content Note This is a three-page letter from Gary Gygax to Steve Marsh discussing a variety of subjects, including Gary's personal recounting of his history with Dave Arneson, the creation of Dungeons and Dragons, and Arneson's contribution toDungeons and Dragons. The letter is dated February 25, 1980.

Letter from "Little Fanny" to parents

Identifier: 20103
Abstract This is a three-page letter written on behalf of "Little Fanny" to her parents while away visiting "Auntie Foane." It describes the purchase of a donkey, a trip to the circus, visits with relatives, and making pudding. At the top of the first page is a pencil drawing of a girl labeled "Millie's Niece." The letter is undated but is likely from the late 19th-early 20th century.

Letter from Rory Provencal to GamePro Magazine

 File — Box Individual Manuscripts
Identifier: 113.00001
Abstract This undated letter, written by Rory Provencal, is addressed to GamePro, a videogame magazine which ran from 1989 until 2011. Rory notes what he likes about the GamePro magazine and other games he enjoys.

Letter to Aunt Helen from John Arnold

 File — Box Individual Manuscripts
Identifier: 87.1681
Abstract This letter to "Aunt Helen" from John Arnold is from about 1920 and lists all of the presents received by John at Christmas.

Letters from John Sapienza to Stephen R. Marsh

 File — Box Individual Manuscripts
Identifier: 113.4863-113.4863
Abstract These two letters are from John Sapienza to Stephen R. Marsh, dated 9/1/82 and 9/24/84. The 1982 letter refers to the role of religion in tabletop gaming, and the 1984 letter briefly discusses a news clipping about the suicide of a Dungeons & Dragons player.

Little Golden Books ephemera

 File — Box Individual Manuscripts
Identifier: 117.3524
Abstract This folder contains a spiral-bound notebook labeled "1988 Record Book" with Little Golden Book lists/prices and a DIY Little Golden Book with "Sarah's First X-Mas Words!" on the cover. These ephemera were found during processing of the Brian Shultz collection of Little Golden Books in the library at The Strong in 2017.

Lois Boger Pike notebook

 Item — Box Individual Manuscripts
Identifier: 98.5387
Abstract This handwritten notebook, inscribed "Games Contests Entertainments," is filled with a selection of games, puzzles, riddles, and theme party ideas.