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Collection of game show set designs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 124.841

The collection of game show set designs contains materials used in the aesthetic and technical design of television game show stage sets. The aesthetic design materials are comprised of illustrations by Ernie Marjoram which include full color illustrations, line art, and composite drawings which combine multiple viewpoints and details. Also included are photographs of live TV show tapings used as reference material, including composites constructed from multiple images.

Technical design materials include blueprints, notes, and technical drawings of stage floor plans and details, particularly from Family Feud, Love Connection, and Your Place or Mine.

Programs represented in this collection include 3's a Crowd, The Dating Game, Family Feud, The Gong Show, Lingo, Love Connection,The Newlywed Game, Wheel of Fortune, Win Ben Stein's Money, World Poker Tournament, Your Place or Mine, and much more. Some of the materials in the collection pertain to unaired pilots.


  • 1988-2008
  • Majority of material found within 1990-1999

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use by staff of The Strong and users of its library and archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Though the donor has 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.


3.0 Linear Feet (1 half-size archival box, 2 oversize boxes, 3 oversize folders)


This collection consists of materials related to the set design of television game shows. The materials date from 1988 to 2008 with the bulk of materials dating from 1990 to 1999. The collection is comprised of blueprints, correspondence, illustrations, notes and references, photographs, and technical drawings.

Biographical Note

Ernie Marjoram is an American artist with an interest in perspective drawing, architecture, and cultural history. Marjoram worked as an architect for 15 years and traveled extensively during that time. In 1995, he began working on sketches and set designs for TV, film, and entertainment industry clients. Marjoram has exhibited his personal artwork since 2003, and also teaches design and perspective sketching to the Production Designers at the American Film Institute Conservatory.

System of Arrangement

Materials are arranged into folders alphabetically by game show.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to The Strong in December 2023 as a gift of Bob Boden and accessioned under Object ID 124.841.

Processed by

Laura Boland, April 2024.
Guide to the Collection of Game Show Set Designs, 1988-2008 —
Laura Boland
April 2024
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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
585.423.1886 (Fax)