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Dean Sitton papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 122.6240
The Dean Sitton papers are a collection of internal materials from Sega of America, created or kept by former employee Dean Sitton. Notably, the development of the Sonic the Hedgehog character for English-speaking audiences is documented within these materials. Additional scope and content information can be found in the Contents List section of this finding aid.

The Dean Sitton papers are arranged into one series. The materials are housed in one archival document box and one oversized folder.


  • 1990 - 1994



The materials in this collection are in English.

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 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.


0.35 Linear Feet (1 archival document box (half-sized), 1 oversized folder)


This is a collection of internal materials from Sega of America, notably documenting the development of Sonic the Hedgehog for English-speaking audiences. The materials are dated between 1990 and 1994.

Biographical Note

Dean Sitton is an American artist and designer who has worked at companies such as Sega of America and Digital Eclipse. Sitton joined Sega as a Consumer Service Representative (also called a “Games Counselor”) in 1990. While there, he became involved with several creative projects, including conceptualizing the name “Dr. Ivo Robotnik” as the main villain in Sonic the Hedgehog (1991). Sitton is also credited with naming the Sega games DEcapAttack (1991) and QuackShot starring Donald Duck (1991). He worked for several game developers in California during the 1990s and 2000s. Since 2018, Sitton has been a self-employed designer.

System of Arrangement

Series I: Sega of America documents, 1990-1994 and n.d.

Custodial History

The Dean Sitton papers were donated to The Strong in October 2022 as a gift of Dean L. Sitton. The papers were accessioned by The Strong under Object ID 122.6240 and were received directly from Sitton.

Processed by

Julia Novakovic, December 2022


Finding Aid to the Dean Sitton Papers, 1990-1994
Julia Novakovic
9 December 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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