The Strong® is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families and children.
The Strong houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play and is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play. Together, these enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive and educational activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.
Margaret Woodbury Strong Papers, 1897-1969
The Margaret Woodbury Strong papers are from the original estate of Margaret Woodbury Strong, spanning her lifetime from 1897–1969. These materials include family papers, diaries, scrapbooks, correspondence, news clippings, guest books, photographs, bookplates, slides, 16mm films, financial papers, collections reference materials, and more. Strong, who had been a collector her entire life, amassed a vast collection of dolls, dollhouses, toys, and other playthings, with which she hoped to establish a museum. In 1968, she obtained a provisional charter from the New York State Board of Regents for the “Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum of Fascination.” After her death in 1969, her collections and financial resources formed the basis for what is now The Strong museum.
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