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America at Play: Play Stories Video Archive

Identifier: AAP-RS


  • 2010-present

Conditions Governing Access

Audiovisual files in this collection are limited to on-site researchers only.


1000+ Files


Nearly 1,000 first-person accounts illuminate the evolution of play in America over the last 80 years. In these short videos, children and adults share personal stories of their play alone and with friends and family members; with favorite toys, dolls, games, and other playthings; and with found objects, indoors and out. The bulk of the collection was captured at video kiosks on-site at The Strong museum, where the contents helped inform The Strong’s America at Play, a series of four individual exhibits that tell the story of how play has changed—and how play has remained the same—in America over time. Play story collecting for the America at Play: Play Stories Video Archive has been ongoing since 2010.

The America at Play Play Stories Video Archive digital assets are located on ResourceSpace and are only available for on-site use.

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)