Video Game Pioneers Oral History Collection
Portions of this collection are digitized

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1498
Dates:
2017-2018
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
45.6 Gigabytes
19 .wav files
12 Documents
12 .pdf files
Repository:
Born-digital audio interviews and transcripts with individuals involved in the early development of video games.

Content Description
Content Description
Born-digital audio interviews and transcripts with video game pioneers: Allan Alcorn, Nolan Bushnell, Samuel "Ted" Dabney, Donald Daglow, Daniel Edwards, Martin Graetz, Brenda Laurel, Stephen Piner, Stephen Russell, Peter Samson, Robert Saunders, and Wayne Wiitanen.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into two series.
Series1: Transcripts, 2017-2018
Series 2: Audio Files, 2017-2018

Historical
Historical
The oral histories in this collection were conducted as part of the Lemelson Center's Video Game Initiative launched in 2017 to preserve first-hand accounts of the invention, development, marketing, and play of video games. The oral histories capture the interviewees recollections, emotions, and other perspectives often missing from written records. The Video Game Initiative is intended to support scholarly and public history research; public engagement with science, engineering, and innovation; and future exhibitions at the National Museum of American History.

Administration
Author
Alison Oswald
Sponsor
The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Entertainment Software Association for this oral history project.
Accruals
Further oral histories are expected.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Made for the National Museum of American History.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Access and use of born digital audio materials available in the Archives Center reading room.
Preferred Citation
Video Game Pioneers Oral History Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Video games Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oral history -- 2010-2020 Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Transcripts Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Video recordings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Born digital Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bushnell, Nolan Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Laurel, Brenda Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Alcorn, Allan, 1948- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dabney, Samuel Frederick "Ted", 1937-2018 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Edwards, Daniel Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Daglow, Donald Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Graetz, Martin Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Piner, Stephen Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Russell, Stephen, 1937- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Samson, Peter, 1941- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Saunders, Robert Alan Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Weaver, Christopher Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wiitanen, Wayne Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives