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David F. Lancy collection of published works by John M. Roberts

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 111.3903
This collection includes 20 scholarly articles published by John M. Roberts between 1959 and 1984, heavily annotated by David F. Lancy. It also includes 12 scholarly articles published by David F. Lancy between 1975 and 1988. The gathering of this body of work, and the heavy annotations by the collector, David F. Lancy, document one scholar's approach to the literature and his efforts to synthesize material and theories found there.


  • 1959 - 1988


Conditions Governing Access and Use

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


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Historical Note

John M. Roberts (1916-1990) was a pioneer in the field of cultural anthropology. One of the developers of the theory of creative expression, Roberts was part of a group of scholars who recognized that play was a microcosm of the "real world" in which adults and children undertook the the work of enculturation. With Brian Sutton-Smith, Roberts developed the theory of conflict enculturation to explain and describe this process. David F. Lancy is a contemporary scholar of both the significance of play and childhood. His work owes a deep intellectual debt to Roberts, as the annotations in the margins of Lancy's copies of Roberts' "classic" articles and the citations to Roberts' work in the Lancy-authored publications in this series attest. As such, this collection, aside from its intrinsic value as a collection of classic play scholarship, also documents the evolution of the field from 1959 through the 1980s.

Custodial History

The David F. Lancy collection of published works of John M. Roberts was donated to The Strong as a gift of David Lancy. They were accessioned by the museum in 2011, as Object ID 111.3903.



Repository Details

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

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