|Edit-a-Thon: The Caplan Collection
||The Children's Museum of Indianapolis' first Edit-a-Thon, occurring Saturday, August 20 as part of the 2nd Backstage Pass, will focus on the creation and improvement of articles related to the Caplan Collection. The Caplan Collection is made up of 50,000 pieces of folk art, folk toys, and child development materials from 100 countries. The Edit-a-Thon will have two components: a group of Wikipedians on-site at the museum will work with curators to use both digital and hard copy resources to create articles, and anyone else who is interested in participating can do so online, and from anywhere in the world. A number of resources will be digitized in order to help online editors update the related articles, listed below. Editing will begin at 1pm EST (-5 GMT) on Saturday, August 20.
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You can chat and coordinate your efforts on this Etherpad: TCMI Backstage Pass Etherpad
And feel free to post, here, about who is working on what sections, etc. Organize away!
Articles to create & update (with curator-suggested subheadings)
- Folk Art
- Folk Artists
- Folk Toys
- Arts and Crafts
- Recycled Art
- Mass produced toys & dolls
- Strengths of the Collection: Mexican Folk Art, German Folk Toys, Japanese Folk Toys, Polish Folk Art, Russian Folk Art
- The article has been created but redirects back to Frank Caplan.
- Paragraphs from Frank Caplan article can be used to create new article.
- Designer Toys/Branded items (toys, dolls, and educational playthings)
- Imported toys sold
- Judith Inglese (Frank and Theresa’s daughter and established ceramic mural artist, she designed toys early on for Creative Playthings)
Note: a number of other resources will be digitized this week.
- Digitized items listed individually in sections below.
Digitized museum publications
- These accession numbers can be searched in the IMCPL database of Children's Museum artifacts in order to obtain more detailed object information that can be added to articles as sources.
Available Online with a subscription to JSTOR
- Amy F. Ogata. "Creative Playthings: Educational Toys and Postwar American Culture." Winterthur Portfolio, Vol. 39, No. 2/3 (Summer/Autumn 2004), pp. 129-156
- Justine McGovern. Untitled (Review of Folk, Fantasy, and Play.) The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 106, No. 421, pp.370-371.
- Frank and Theresa Caplan. "The Value of Play for Learning." Theory into Practice. Vol. 13, No. 4, pp.239-243.
Available On-site only
- Frank and Theresa Caplan. The Power of Play. Anchor Books: Garden City, New York. 1973.
- Theresa Caplan. Frank Caplan: Champion of Child's Play. Vintage Press: New York. 1999.
- Clare M. Reckert. "C.B.S. May Enter Educational Field In $13-Million Deal." New York Times. March 2, 1966. (ProQuest Historical Newspapers.)
- Folk, Fantasy & Play catalog
- Selected Creative Playthings catalogs: 1959, 1962, 1965, 1970.
- List of Creative Playthings objects in the collection.