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Ralph H. Baer invented the Brown Box prototype of Magnavox Odyssey—the first home video console (1972)—and contributed importantly to the development of commercial and educational electronic toys and games for four decades afterward. This extensive collection documents, in particular, his work with video game pioneer Jay Smith III, the toy design firm Marvin Glass and Associates, and toy and game designer Phillip E. Orbanes. Represented games and toys include Computer Perfection, Maniac, M.A.S.K. Laser Command, Smarty Bear, Sounds By Me, Simon, and numerous others licensed to firms such as Coleco, Ideal, Kenner, and Milton Bradley. Included are sketches, notes, specifications, schematics, patent information, correspondence, two compact discs, and one DVD.