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Joshua Marks papers

 Collection — Box: 1-5
Identifier: 121.285
The Joshua Marks papers contain documentation compiled by Marks during his positions at The Learning Company and Electronic Arts. Materials in this collection include game development files, notes, memos, newsletters, reports, market research files, reference, and more.

The Joshua Marks papers have been arranged into three series. The physical materials are housed in three archival document boxes and two media storage boxes. (Digital files from this collection are accessible on-site only.)


  • 1984 - 1997



The materials in this collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital files migrated from 3.5” floppy disks and data tapes in this collection are available to on-site researchers only. Please see The Strong’s Digital Games Files Access Policy.

Conditions Governing Use

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


2.25 Linear Feet (5 boxes)


The Joshua Marks papers are a compilation of documentation relating to Marks’ roles at The Learning Company and Electronic Arts. Materials include notes, memos, reports, newsletters, project development documentation, market research materials, and more. The materials are dated between 1984 and 1997.

Biographical Note

Joshua Marks is an American technology professional with more than three decades in the software and technology industries. He earned his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1986. Soon after, Marks was hired as the 20th employee at The Learning Company, where he helped to develop early educational games (such as Reader Rabbit and the Super Solvers series) from concept through release. Marks later joined Electronic Arts as a Senior Producer in 1992, working on game development and brand identity. He left the video game industry to work in emerging technologies and e-learning. In 2006, Marks co-founded, a non-profit source for open educational resources.

As of 2022, Marks is a Senior Advisor at Public Consulting Group, where he directs open learning technology solutions across educational and professional development sectors.

System of Arrangement

Series I: The Learning Company, 1984-1992

Series II: Electronic Arts, 1992-1995 and n.d.

Series III: Conferences, 1991-1997

Custodial History

The Joshua Marks papers were donated to The Strong in December 2020 as a gift of Joshua and Lisa Marks. The papers were accessioned by The Strong under Object ID 121.285. The papers were received from Joshua Marks along with hundreds of computer games and video games under Activity ID 14463.

Related Materials

Along with this archival collection, Joshua Marks donated hundreds of computer games and video games to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games.

Published conference programs and proceedings from software development conferences are located in the library.

Processed by

Julia Novakovic, April-May 2022
Finding Aid to the Joshua Marks Papers, 1984-1997
Julia Novakovic
4 May 2022
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Repository Details

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

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