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Women in Toys (WIT) collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2017.WIT
The Women in Toys (WIT) collection at The Strong is an ongoing compilation of materials from members of the WIT Emeritus Program. As of May 2019, this archival collection contains professional papers from Claire Marschak, Maureen Trotto, Laureen Trotto, Carol Spencer, and Erin Libby. Materials include product development drawings, presentations, narratives, publicity information, photographs, and other ephemera. Additional biographical details and scope and content information can be found in the Contents List section of this finding aid.

The Women in Toys (WIT) collection is arranged into four series. The collection is housed in six archival document boxes and three oversized folders. Digital-only files are accessible via the internal network at The Strong.


  • 1963 - 2018
  • Majority of material found within 1983 - 2016


Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open for research use by staff of The Strong and by users of its library and archives. Though the donors have not transferred intellectual property rights (including, but not limited to any copyright, trademark, and associated rights therein) to The Strong, they have given permission for The Strong to make copies in all media for museum, educational, and research purposes.


8.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes, 3 oversized folders)


The Women in Toys (WIT) collection is an ongoing compilation of materials from members of the WIT Emeritus Program, established in 2016. Archival materials include design documentation, photographs, narratives, ephemera, and more. The bulk of this collection is dated between 1983 and 2016.

Historical Note

System of Arrangement

Series I: Claire Marschak, 1983-2016

Series II: Maureen Trotto and Laureen Trotto, 1984-2016

Series III: Carol Spencer, 1963-2017

Series IV: Erin Libby, 1984-2018

Custodial History

The Women in Toys (WIT) collection was assembled by The Strong using donations from Claire Marschak (Object ID 116.1859), Maureen Trotto and Laureen Trotto (Object ID 117.37), Carol Spencer (Object ID 117.2054), and Erin Libby (Object ID 119.546). Materials, including related prototypes and production toys, were received from Marschak in May 2016, the Trottos in January 2017, Spencer in February 2017, and Libby in March 2019.

Related Materials

Contributors to the Women in Toys (WIT) collection at The Strong have also donated associated prototypes and products, which are housed in the museum’s collections.

Processed by

Julia Novakovic, March 2017; revised May 2019


Finding Aid to the Women in Toys (WIT) Collection, 1963-2018
Julia Novakovic
29 May 2019
Description rules

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
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