About: Fun & Games

Children’s materials are thought to be just fun and games, but they often explore ideas of education and morality. Join Special Collections for this nostalgic exhibit that features childhood items from as early as 1740 to the present day. You can explore the history of some of the world’s most popular characters, and learn about board games from the 1800s.


Object photography by Megan Gellner.

Scanning by Anna Esparza and UNT Digital Projects Unit.

Graphic design  by Jesse Knight.

Display Information

This exhibit ran from
Monday, August 26, 2019 to Thursday, December 12, 2019

Organizational Credits


  • Jaimi Parker

Last updated date

November 12, 2019


Every Man to His Station. Victoria and Albert Museum. 2017. Retrieved July 2019. https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O26318/every-man-to-his-station-board-game-wallis-edward/

Hall, Patricia. Raggedy Ann and Andy: History and Legend. 1999. Retrieved July 2019. https://www.raggedy-ann.com/patty.html

Lane, Ruby. Dolls Gotta Have Heart: Raggedy Ann, Legends, and History for Over 100 Years. April 16, 2018. Retrieved July 2019. https://www.rubylane.com/blog/categories/dolls/dolls-gotta-heart-raggedy-ann-legends-history-100-years/

Munsey, Cecil. Dineyana: Walt Disney Collectibles. New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1974.

Weinstein, Amy. Once Upon a Time: Illustrations from Fairytales, Fables, Primers, Pop-Ups, and Other Children's Books. Princeton Architectural Press, 2005.