Research and Publications

  • The Strong invites applications for research fellowships from academic professionals, independent scholars, museum scholars, and advanced graduate students.

  • The Strong’s 215,000-volume Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play houses a full spectrum of primary and secondary sources, including scholarly works, trade catalogs, 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.

  • The American Journal of Play aims to increase awareness and understanding of the role of play in learning and human development and the ways in which play illuminates cultural history.

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. It's 215,000-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.

Find out how to access the museum's artifact, library, and archives collections for research.

Learn more about The Strong's Research Fellowships—awarded three times each year.

Submit a research inquiry, questions about collections, requests for images, or make an appointment.

Interpretive Publications

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.

Contact the Library and Archives

Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 585-410-6349
Email: library@museumofplay.org
Appointments are required.