The Strong National Museum of Play announced earlier this month it has launched a new National Archives of Game Show History, co-founded by producers Howard Blumenthal and Bob Boden. Located in Rochester, New York, The Strong National Museum of Play also runs the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, and many other programs devoted to exploring the history of play.
Here’s an excerpt from a press release about The National Archives of Game Show History:
The National Archives of Game Show History will focus on acquiring the records and materials of the many professional producers, performers, directors, designers, writers, executives, and staff members who have been involved in all facets of game show development, production, marketing, and distribution. The materials they provide—scripts, set designs, props, technical plans, marketing materials, creative plans, production plans, and more—will form the heart of the new archives.
“Game shows are a part of American popular culture,” said Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections at The Strong. “Game shows are also a form of play for both the participant and viewer, reaching hundreds of millions of viewers. It’s only natural that the museum at the forefront of preserving play history takes on the challenge of preserving the history of television game shows.”
Here’s a little more information from a list of Frequently Asked Questions:
In its early years, The National Archives of Game Show History will operate as a research facility, not as a display for general guests at The Strong museum. In the future, we may develop a public exhibit. However, donations are shared with a worldwide audience by way of the museum’s online collections, its library catalog, and its archives catalog. These databases serve as entry points for researchers, scholars, students, the media, and the public to locate pertinent material for their interests or projects.