Guide to the Buckminster Fuller's World Game: archive of original graphic art, film, video and audio media, manuscript material, and correspondence, from the files of Herbert and Mercedes Matter, ca. 1965-1980

Mattie Taormina
Department of Special Collections
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Stanford University Libraries
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Guide to the Buckminster Fuller's World Game: archive of original graphic art, film, video and audio media, manuscript material, and correspondence, from the files of Herbert and Mercedes Matter, ca. 1965-1980

Collection number: M1378

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California
Processed by:
Mattie Taormina
Date Completed:
August 2007
Encoded by:
Bill O'Hanlon
© 2007 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Buckminster Fuller's World Game: archive of original graphic art, film, video and audio media, manuscript material, and correspondence, from the files of Herbert and Mercedes Matter, ca. 1965-1980
Dates: 1965-1980
Collection number: M1378
Creator: Matter, Herbert
Creator: Matter, Mercedes
Collection Size: 20 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Abstract: An archive consisting of approximately 500 items from Herbert and Mercedes Matter, including production files and original artwork, manuscript material, correspondence, film and magnetic media, photographs, books, and printed matter.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Copyright in papers created by Herbert and Mercedes Matter is held by the Matter estate and shall be administered by their designee. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Head of Special Collections before publishing quotations from materials in the collection.Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

Buckminster Fuller's World Game: archive of original graphic art, film, video and audio media, manuscript material, and correspondence, from the files of Herbert and Mercedes Matter, ca. 1965-1980, M1378. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased by Stanford University, Special Collections in 2003. Accession number: 2003-128

Biography / Administrative History

R. Buckminster Fuller conceived the World Game as an interactive role-playing experience that would teach participants to organize, revitalize and distribute depleted world resources. Relying on computers to provide raw data, players work non-competitively to allocate the earth?s natural capital worldwide, scoring points through efficient management. If cooperation degenerates into competition, the first step towards war, the game is lost. This archive documents the preparations for and execution of the inaugural World Game at the New York Studio School in 1969, which became a prototypical rehearsal for its 1971 appearance at the University of Southern Illinois. Born in Engelberg, Switzerland, Herbert Matter is best known for his international contributions in photography, photomontage, and graphic design work. Matter was also a filmmaker, exhibition designer, and professor. He came to the United States in 1936 and began work as a freelance photographer for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue magazines and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and created displays for the Swiss and Corning Glass Pavilions for the 1939 World's Fair. He also directed, filmed, and edited Works of Calder in 1950 for the Museum of Modern Art, the first color film to show Alexander Calder's sculptures. While maintaining countless assignments, he introduced the first photography classes offered at Yale University where he taught until 1976. In 1943, Herbert married Mercedes de Cordoba and in 1964 she founded the New York Studio School of Painting and Sculpture (the Studio School). When the 1967 Montreal World?s Fair rejected R. Buckminster Fuller?s proposal to have the World Game played at the fair, Herbert and Mercedes offered to host him at the Studio School and offered the school?s student population for the inaugural World Game. Other related collections at Stanford University researchers should investigate would be the R. Buckminster Fuller papers (M1090) and the Herbert Matter papers (M1446).

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, artwork, videotapes, and publications.

Arrangement

Folder numbers consist of the "box number.folder number", e.g. "1.12." The collection is arranged in eight series:
Series I. Administrative Series II. Materials pertaining to the World Game class Series III. Promotional materials Series IV. H. Matter?s film on the World Game Series V. Photographs and negatives Series VI. Artwork Series VII. Publications and books Series VIII. Media

 

Series 1:Administrative

Box 1.1

Correspondence, 1968-1980

Box 1.2

Correspondence from others

Box 1.3

Biographical information on Fuller

Box 1.4

Fuller Town Hall, New York, New York, Feb. 26, March 5 and March 12, 1971

Box 1.5

World Game budget and expenses

Box 1.6

Invoices and receipts for film

Box 1.7

Draft regarding fundraising for World Game film

Box 1.8

Matter contract with Fuller

 

Series 2: Materials pertaining to the World Game Class

Box 1.9

Class information -- roster, reading list

Box 1.10

Draft: agenda and schedule of World Game by Ed Schlossberg

Box 1.11

Notes regarding the dynamics of playing the World Game

Box 1.12

World Game Report -final and drafts

Box 1.13

Unknown manuscript fragment -- could be RBF, "World Game how it came about"

Box 2.1-2.3

Brainstorming notes

Box 7.1

Transparencies used for World Game class

 

Series 3: Promotional materials

Box 2.4

Miscelleanous notes, drafts of articles, press releases, promotional brochures

Box 2.5

Handwritten drafts and notes for World Game article in newsletter

Box 2.6

Layout for Ed Schlossberg's article

Box 2.7

Typed report: "How to make the world work: a unique educational experience"

Box 2.8

Drafts of New York Studio School's involvement in World Game

Box 2.9

Drafts of July 1969 press release

Box 2.9.1

Various drafts of typed paper entitled "World Game" for article in New York school newsletter by M. Matter

Box 7.2

Notes and articles by M. Matter, flyers

Box 7.3

Advertisement for Fuller's town hall speeches (first proofs)

Box 8.1

Miscellaneous posters and mock ups of posters

Box 8.2

Poster for town hall speeches, mock up for Alberto Giacometti exhibit, New York, 1974

 

Series 4: H. Matter's film on the World Game

Box 3.1

Drafts "The World Game" and "Fuller Concepts Operative World Game"

Box 3.2

Drafts by Herbert Matter on motivation behind film

Box 3.3

Narrative account of World Game film (draft)

Box 3.4

"Fuller July 28, 29, 30" (typed transcript)

Box 3.5

Film script (typed draft)

Box 3.6

Film roll 20 & 22 (typed draft)

Box 3.7

Film Roll 6 (typed draft)

Box 4.1

Typed document: "reels 1-8"

Box 4.2

Typed document: "reels 9-16"

Box 4.3

Typed document: "reels 17-23"

Box 4.4

Typed document: "reels 24-28"

Box 4.5

Typed document: "reels 29-34"

Box 4.6

Typed document: "reels 35-41"

Box 4.7

Typed document: "reels 42-46"

Box 4.8

Typed document: "reels 47-52"

Box 6.1.-6.3

Miscellaneous mock ups of poster boards, credits, photo shots

Small Map Folder 1

Draft of World Game on poster board

 

Series 5: Photographs and negatives

Box 5.1-5.2

Miscellaneous negatives

Box 5.3

Maps and charts of World Game, negatives (first choice)

Box 5.4.-5.5

Maps and charts, World Game, negatives (second choice)

Box 5.6

"Maps to enlarge", black and white photographs and negatives

Box 5.7

Contact sheets

Box 5.8.-5.9

Miscellaneous photographs

Box Flat box 9.6.-9.10

Oversize photographs

Box Flat box 12.1.-12.7

Oversize photographs

 

Series 6: Artwork

Flat Box 8.3.-8.5

Miscellaneous artwork, drawings and posters

Flat Box 9.1.-9.5

Miscellaneous artwork drawings and posters

 

Series 7: Publications and books

Box 10.1

The New York Times. 1 August 1969. Vol CXVIII, No. 40,732.

Box 10.2

Newsweek. 11 August 1969. "Moonwalk in Color."

Box 10.3

Look. "Apollo 8: Voyage to the Moon." By the staff of The New York Times.

Box 10.4

Look. "Apollo 11: On the Moon." By the staff of The New York Times. 15 July 1969.

Box 10.5

Life, Special Edition. "To the Moon and Back." 1969.

Box 10.6

Life. "Barnstorming the Moon." 6 June 1969.

Box 10.7

Life. "The View From the Moon." Vol 46, No. 1.

Box 10.8

Life. "The Incredible Year '68." 10 January 1969.

Box 10.9

Life. "On the Moon." 8 August 1969.

Box 10.10

Life. "Johnny Carson: The Lonesome Hero of Middle America." 23 January 1970.

Box 10.11

Life. "The Cruel Dilemmas of Duty." 7 February 1969.

Box 10.12

Life. "Off to the Moon." 4 July 1969.

Box 10.13

The New York Times. "The Moon: A New Frontier." 3 August 1969.

Box 10.14

Life. "Our Moon Trip." 22 August 1969.

Box 10.15

Life. "Leaving For the Moon." 25 July 1969.

Box 10.16

Life. "Our Journey to the Moon."17 January 1969.

Box 11.1

The New Yorker. 8 Jan 1966. New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, Inc.

Box 11.2

Art News. September 1952. Schwabacher-Frey.

Box 11.3

"Design of Alternative Futures" Syllabus. Jon Dieges, 1969.

Box 11.4

"About Crystal Consciousness: Involvement in Building Curvicostate." Keith Critchlow.

Box 11.5

"Universal Requirements Check List." Buckminster Fuller. Reprinted from "Architectural Design" March 1960.

Box 11.6

Saturday Review. "Education Reform 1957-67: It Didn't Start with Sputnik." 16 Sept 1967.

Box 11.7

Architectural Forum: The Magazine of Building. August 1951.

Box 11.8

Architectural Design. Reprinted from the July 1961 issue.

Box 11.9

Time. 2 February 1970. 2 Copies.

Box 11.10

The New York Times. "Automation House." 1 Feb 1970.

Box 11.11

Life. "The Inauguration: Rhetoric Meets Reality." 31 Jan 1969.

Box 11.12

"Ecological Surveys from Space." National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Washington D.C.

Box 11.13

"Vertical is to Live--Horizontal is to Die." R. Buckminster Fuller. Reprinted from The American Scholar, Vol. 39, Number 1, Winter 1969-70.

Box 11.14

The New Journal. "Can Bucky Fuller or Clem Markert Save the World Before Ed Logue Destroys It?" Vol. 2, #11. 11 May 1969.

Box 11.15

"The World Game." R. Buckminster Fuller. 18 June 1969. Joint National Meeting of the American Astronautical Society and the Operations Research Society.

Box 11.16

Whole Earth Catalog. "The World Game." March.

Box 11.17

"50 Yeas of the Design Science Revolution and the World Game." R. Buckminster Fuller. Southern Illinois University. 4 Copies.

Box 13

Miscellaneous clippings

 

Series 8: Media

Box 14.1

Buckminster Fuller, "Bucky Balls", Kodak Videocassette, N/A

Box 14.2

Buckminster Fuller, Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape, Jan. 29 1969 Part 1

Box 14.3

Buckminster Fuller, Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape, Jan. 29 1969 Part 3

Box 14.4

Buckminster Fuller, (sound roll G) , Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape, "June 16, [1969]"

Box 14.5

Buckminster Fuller, (sound roll I) , Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape, "June 23, [1969]"

Box 14.6

Buckminster Fuller, (sound roll 6) , Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape, "June 24, [1969]"

Box 14.7

Buckminster Fuller, (sound roll 5) , Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape, "June 24, [1969]"

Box 14.8

Buckminster Fuller, (sound roll E), Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape, "June 13, [1969]"

Box 14.9

Buckminster Fuller, (sound roll D) , Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape, "June 13, [1969]"

Box 14.10

Buckminster Fuller, (sound roll C) , Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape, "June 12, [1969]"

Box 14.11

Buckminster Fuller, (sound roll B) r, Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape, "June 12, [1969]"

Box 14.12

Buckminster Fuller, "B. Fuller Talk - Tails Out" - Camera B - Film Roll 1, Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape

Box 14.13

Buckminster Fuller, "B. Fuller Talk - Tails Out" - Camera A - Film Roll 2, Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape

Box 14.14

Buckminster Fuller, "B. Fuller Talk - Tails Out" - Camera B - Film Roll 3, Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape

Box 14.15

Buckminster Fuller, "B. Fuller Talk - Tails Out" - Camera A - Film Roll 4, Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape

Box 14.16

Buckminster Fuller, "B. Fuller Talk - Tails Out" - Camera B - Film Roll 5, Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape

Box 14.17

Buckminster Fuller, Leo Steinberg, Helical Scan Tape, V-32, 3/2/1973

Box 14.18

Buckminster Fuller, Studio School, Helical Scan Tape (2 tapes), V-30 H, NY Studio School 5/2/74

Box 14.19

Buckminster Fuller, R. Buckminster Fuller, Helical Scan Tape-tape 3, V-32, "dub from old format to new 1/2"

Box 14.20

Buckminster Fuller, R. Buckminster Fuller, Helical Scan Tape--tape 3, V-32, "dub from old format to new 1/2"

Box 14.21

Buckminster Fuller, R. Buckminster Fuller, Helical Scan Tape--tape 5, V-32, "dub from old format to new 1/2"

Box 14.22

Buckminster Fuller, R. Buckminster Fuller, Helical Scan Tape--tape 4, V-32, "dub from old format to new 1/2"

Box 15.1

Buckminster Fuller, Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape, Jan. 29 1969 Part 2

Box 15.2

Buckminster Fuller, (sound roll J), Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape, "June 23, [1969]"

Box 15.3

Buckminster Fuller, (sound roll H), Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape, "June 16, [1969]"

Box 15.4

Buckminster Fuller, (sound roll A), Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape, 12-Jun-69

Box 15.5

Buckminster Fuller, (sound roll F), Scotch brand. 20 1/4 Inch Tape, "June 13, [1969]"

Box 15.6

R. Buckminster Fuller, Helical Scan Tape, V-30 H, No title

Box 15.7

R. Buckminster Fuller, Helical Scan Tape, V-30 H, "Synergy Map, Electromagnetic Spectrum"

Box 15.8

R. Buckminster Fuller, Helical Scan Tape, V-30 H, No title

Box 15.9

R. Buckminster Fuller, Helical Scan Tape, V-30 H, "Garden of Eden, Naga"

Box 15.10

R. Buckminster Fulle, Helical Scan Tape, V-30 H, "Definition of World Game, Man's Function in Universe"

Box 15.11

R. Buckminster Fuller, Helical Scan Tape, V-30 H, No title

Box 15.12

R. Buckminster Fuller, Helical Scan Tape, V-30 H, Worldgame

Box 15.13

R. Buckminster Fuller, Helical Scan Tape, V-30 H, (Poor Recording)

Box 15.14

R. Buckminster Fuller, Helical Scan Tape, V-30 H, "Playing Worldgame, Energy Network"

Box 15.15

R. Buckminster Fuller, Helical Scan Tape, V-30 H, No title