The Strong holds the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, board games, video games, other electronic games, and other artifacts of play. Its 187,000-volume Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play is a multidisciplinary research repository of primary and secondary sources, including scholarly works, professional journals, other periodicals, trade catalogs, children’s books, comic books, manuscripts, personal papers, business records, and more.
The Strong promotes research and scholarship through online and on-site access to its artifact collections and library and archival materials. Fellowships awarded three times each year provide financial support for scholarly research in the museum’s artifact collections, Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, and International Center for the History of Electronic Games.
In accordance with its mission as an educational institution, The Strong engages in its own research and publishes a scholarly journal, books, blogs, and newsletters to advance the study of play and to make its collections, exhibitions, and educational activities accessible to the academic community and the general public.