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SpColl 38: Hoosier Archives

Introduction

The Hoosier Archives Collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library (BPCL) in 1999 by Jamie McQuinn, who received the materials from Walter Buchanan of New Lebanon, Indiana.  Buchanan was the editor of the “Hoosier Archives” and had amassed a collection of Diplomacy zines (dipzines), war gaming periodicals, correspondence, player census, maps, game rules, and other materials relating to the dipzine postal Diplomacy genre. 

Dipzines are fanzines based on the original board game DiplomacyDiplomacy (the board game) was created in 1954 by Allan B. Calhamer and was released commercially in 1959.  The game is a war game involving the seven major European powers prior to WWI with players creating alliances, making negotiations, making moves, and attempting to take over supply centers and major cities to control the map.  Diplomacy was the first commercially released board game to be played by mail.  It is believed to have been started by Dr. John Boardman in 1963 under the title Graustark.  The majority of diplomacy games continued to be played until the 1980s, with a few titles still being played even today.  Variant games were also created and online games have become the latest version of Diplomacy.

The collection is ca. 17 cubic feet and has no restrictions placed upon its use for scholarly research.  The finding aid was completed by Patricia Falk in October 2010.

Biographical Sketch

Walter W. Buchanan was born October 6, 1941 in Lebanon, IN.  He became an aerospace engineer and was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy from 1965-1969, including serving in Vietnam.  He married Carol in 1968 and had two boys.  Walter also studied law and became a lawyer for the veteran’s administration in Indianapolis.  Walt discovered diplomacy in 1970 and began collecting dipzines in an attempt to collect as many games as possible.  His collection included almost every issue of every dipzine published between 1963 and 1978.  He began his own dipzine entitled “Hoosiver Archives” (HA) in 1971 with the help of his wife Carol, and “Diplomacy World”-the first professional style zine in the hobby. Walt was an active dipzine player, publisher, gamemaster and archivist.  His contributions to the genre led him to be selected to the International Diplomacy Hall of Fame.  Walt is currently employed at Texas A & M University as a Chair Professor in Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution.  He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education, a M.S.E. and B.S.E. in Interdisciplinary Engineering, in addition to his J.D. in Law and his B.A. in Mathematics and Languages.

Scope and Contents

The Hoosier Archives Collection includes a vast array of organizational files such as handbooks, tactical strategies, subscriptions, lists of players and game masters; game files and correspondence between Walt and numerous game masters and players; card files and plaques.  The 14,000+ dipzines are cataloged in the University Libraries online catalog and are searchable primarily by title or subjects. 

Series Description

Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Organization files
Series III: Game files
Series IV: Card files
Series V: Awards/Plaques

Inventory

Box C-1
Correspondence
Folder Description Date
1 Correspondence-Avalon Hill 1971-1978
2 Correspondence-A 1970-1981 + n.d.
3 Correspondence-B 1971-1974
4 Correspondence-B 1975-1992 + n.d.
5 Correspondence (Incoming)-Birsan 1968-1976
6 Correspondence (Outgoing)-Birsan 1971-1976 + n.d.
7 Correspondence (Outgoing)-Beshara 1970-Mar. 1971
8 Correspondence (Outgoing)-Beshara Apr.-July 1971
Box C-2
Correspondence
Folder Description Date
1 Correspondence (Outgoing)-Beshara Aug. 1971-Nov. 1974 + n.d.
2 Correspondence (Incoming)-Beshara 1971-1972
3 Correspondence (Outgoing)-Beyerlein 1968-1973
4 Correspondence (Outgoing)-Beyerlein 1974-1976
5 Correspondence (Incoming)-Beyerlein 1972-1977 + n.d.
6 Correspondence-Boardman 1969-1981
7 Correspondence-Boyer 1972-1977
8 Correspondence-Brooks 1970-1987
Box C-3
Correspondence
Folder Description Date
1 Correspondence — C 1971-1978 + n.d.
2 Correspondence (Outgoing)-Calhamer 1971-1978 + n.d.
3 Correspondence (Incoming)-Calhamer 1963-1964 + n.d.
4 Correspondence-D 1971-1982 + n.d.
5 Correspondence-E 1971-1978
6 Correspondence-F 1971-1978 + n.d.
7 Correspondence-G 1970-1979 + n.d.
8 Correspondence-Greenwood 1974-1978 + n.d.
Box C-4
Correspondence
Folder Description Date
1 Correspondence-H 1970-1975
2 Correspondence-H 1976-1991 + n.d.
3 Correspondence-J 1970-1979 + n.d.
4 Correspondence-K 1970-1974
5 Correspondence-K 1975-1984
6 Correspondence-L 1971-1973
7 Correspondence-L 1974-1986 + n.d.
8 Correspondence-Lakofka 1970-1972
9 Correspondence-Lakofka 1973-1977 + n.d.
Box C-5
Correspondence
Folder Description Date
1 Correspondence-M 1970-1974
2 Correspondence-M 1975-1988 + n.d.
3 Correspondence-McCallum 1970-1974
4 Correspondence-N 1970-1979 + n.d.
5 Correspondence-O 1975-1978 + n.d.
Box C-6
Correspondence
Folder Description Date
1 Correspondence-P 1974-1975
2 Correspondence-P 1976-1979 + n.d.
3 Correspondence (Incoming)-Peery 1971
4 Correspondence (Outgoing)-Peery 1971-1973
Box C-7
Correspondence
Folder Description Date
1 Correspondence (Outgoing)-Peery 1974-1990
2 Correspondence (IDS)-Peery Jan.-July 1971
3 Aug.-Sep. 1971
4 Oct.-Dec. 1971
5 Jan 1972-1973
6 Correspondence-Quartermaster 1975-1976
7 Correspondence-R 1967-1974
8 1975 + n.d.
9 Correspondence-S 1971-1973
10 1974-1988 + n.d.
Box C-8
Correspondence
Folder Description Date
1 Correspondence-T 1970-1978 + n.d.
2 Correspondence-U 1973-1975
3 Correspondence-V 1971-1981
4 Correspondence-Von Moetzke 1971-1993 + n.d.
5 Correspondence-W 1965-1971
6 1972-1990 + n.d.
7 Correspondence (Incoming)-Walker 1972
8 1973
9 Correspondence (Outgoing)-Walker 1970-Sept. 1971
10 Oct. 1971-1972
Box C-9
Correspondence
Folder Description Date
1 Correspondence (Outgoing)-Walker 1973-June 1974
2 July 1974-1986 + n.d.
3 Correspondence-England 1971-1975
4 Correspondence-Miscellaneous 1973-1978
Box OF-1
Organization Files
Folder Description Date
1 Rules and miscellaneous materials N/A
2 Diplomacy guide & charts
3 Business
4 Policy statement and platform
5 Constitution
Box OF-2
Organization Files
Folder Description Date
1 Subscribers N/A
2 Mailing lists
3 Rosters
4 BNC Custodian
5 Circulation survey
6 Census/Circulation
7 Diplomacy World subscriptions 1973
8 Diplomacy World subscriptions A-H 1974
9 Diplomacy World subscriptions I-Z 1974
Box OF-3
Organization Files
Folder Description Date
1 Diplomacy World subscriptions A-H 1975
2 Diplomacy World subscriptions I-Z 1975
3 Diplomacy World subscriptions A-H 1976
4 Diplomacy World subscriptions I-Z 1976
5 Diplomacy World subscriptions A-H 1977
Box OF-4
Organization Files
Folder Description Date
1 Diplomacy World subscriptions I-M 1977
2 Diplomacy World subscriptions N-Z 1977
3 Diplomacy World subscriptions A-H 1978
4 Diplomacy World subscriptions I-Z 1978
5 Diplomacy World subscriptions A-Z 1979
6 Diplomacy World 1973-1977
7 Calhamer awards/Johnny awards N/A
8 GRI (Games Research Inc.)
9 NADPS results
10 NEP (Novice Entrance Project)/Novice packet
Box OF-5
Organization Files
Folder Description Date
1 National Federation of Federal Employees N/A
2 National Fantasy Fan Federation
3 The New York Mafia Protective Newsletter
4 WSFA
5 Wargaming Association/Conventions
6 Dipcons and other conferences
7 Ratings
8 Avalon Hill flyer
Box OF-6
Organization Files
Folder Description Date
1 Meinel's Encyclopedia of Postal Diplomacy Zines N/A
2 TTT publications guide
3 Fanzine listings/index
4 Diplomacy (Canada)
5 British dipzine publishers
Box OF-7
Organization Files
Folder Description Date
1 IDA-formation and correspondence 1972
2 IDA-formation and correspondence 1973-1975 + n.d.
3 IDA-memberships N/A
4 IDA-variant committee
5 IDA-convention committee
6 IDA-evaluation committee
7 IDA-Handbook committee
8 IDA-judicial committee
Box OF-8
Organization Files
Folder Description Date
1 IDS-novice seminar program N/A
2 IDS-who's who
3 IDS-publication and proposal information
4 IDS-introduction to strategy and tactics (Russia & Turkey)
5 IDS-introduction to strategy and tactics (Germany & Italy)
6 IDS-introduction to strategy and tactics (Austria, England & France)
Box GF-1
Game Files
Folder Description Date
1 Diplomacy games-1966AI 1966
2 Diplomacy games-1969R 1969
3 Diplomacy games-1970BK 1970
4 Diplomacy games-1970BN 1970
5 Diplomacy games-1971DI 1971
Box GF-2
Game Files
Folder Description Date
1 Diplomacy games-1971EH 1971
2 Diplomacy games-1972BD 1972
3 Diplomacy games-1972BR 1972
4 Diplomacy games-1972FK 1972
5 Diplomacy games-1972GI 1972
6 Diplomacy games-1973EJ 1973
7 Diplomacy games-1973GN 1973
Box GF-3
Game Files
Folder Description Date
1 Diplomacy games-1974CK (pt.1) 1974
2 Diplomacy games-1974CK (pt.2) 1974
3 Diplomacy games-1974CL 1974
4 Diplomacy games-1975A (pt.1) 1975
5 Diplomacy games-1975A (pt.2) 1975
6 Diplomacy games-1976BG (Prince John) 1976
7 Diplomacy games-1977CL- Austria 1977
Box GF-4
Game Files
Folder Description Date
1 Aces game  
2 Antares  
3 Big brother-games 20-21, 24, 27  
4 Big brother-games 30, 34, 39-40  
5 Big brother-games 42, 49, 54  
6 Big brother games-miscellaneous  
7 Big brother international games  
Box GF-5
Game Files
Folder Description Date
1 Big brother-variant games 22, 26, 29, 32-33, 35, 38, 41  
2 Big brother stencils  
3 Costaguana  
4 Diplomacy-(Derek Nelson) 1963-1967 + n.d.
5 Diplomacy games-1976W 1976
6 Edi Birsan games  
7 Evans dippy tourney  
8 HA (Hobby Archives)  
9 Halloween G-man game  
Box GF-6
Game Files
Folder Description Date
1 International game  
2 The Kaiser speaks  
3 LG (pt.1)  
4 LG (pt. 2)  
5 LG-correspondence  
6 Lord of the rings  
7 Orange room  
8 Orphan diplomacy games  
9 Out of the graveyard (pt.1)  
10 Out of the graveyard (pt.2)  
11 Peeripoll  
12 Postal diplomacy games 1963-1966
13 Postal diplomacy games 1967-1968
Box GF-7
Game Files
Folder Description Date
1 Postal diplomacy games 1969-1971
2 Stalemates  
3 Stench  
4 TDA#3  
5 Terminus  
6 Walker-games  
7 Diplomacy winner's invitational  
8 Grudge game correspondence  
9 Grudge game  
10 Recently finished games  
11 Davis-Diplomacy variants  
12 Diplomacy variants  
13 World variants list  
Box GF-8
Game Files
Folder Description Date
1 Austria-Birsan  
2 England-Lowry  
3 Germany-Lakofka  
4 Italy-Ward  
5 Russia-Power  
6 Turkey-Calhamer  
7 Colored masters  
8 French rules  
9 Game charts 1967-1970
10 Library listing  
11 Maps  
Box GF-9
Game Files
Folder Description Date
1 Europe-supply charts  
2 Naus's supply charts 1963-1966
3 Naus's supply charts 1967-1968
4 Naus's supply charts 1969-1970
5 Naus's supply charts 1971-1973
6 Rosters  
7 Statistics  
8 Survey charts  
9 Tactical problems  
Box GF-10
Game Files
Folder Description Date
1 Variant players nos.1-1294  
2 Variant players nos.1295-2992  
3 Variant players nos.2993-4317  
4 Variant players-deleted addresses A-Z  
5 Miscellaneous materials  
Box GF-11
Game Files
Folder Description Date
1 Dungeons & dragons (pt.1)  
2 Dungeons & dragons (pt.2)  
Box GF-12
Game Files
Folder Description Date
1 Dungeons & dragons (pt.3)  
Boxes CF-1-CF-4
Card Files
Box Description Date
1 Players and games  
2 Players and games  
3 Players and games  
4 Players and games & Miscellaneous cards 1965-1972
Box AW-1
Awards/Plaque
Award Description Date
1 Don Miller Memorial Award 1983-1994
2 John Koning Memorial Award 1986-1994
3 Melinda Ann Holley Award 1990-1994
4 The Rod Walker Award 1984-1994