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 “Hoosier 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
FolderDescriptionDate
1Correspondence-Avalon Hill1971-1978
2Correspondence-A1970-1981 + n.d.
3Correspondence-B1971-1974
4Correspondence-B1975-1992 + n.d.
5Correspondence (Incoming)-Birsan1968-1976
6Correspondence (Outgoing)-Birsan1971-1976 + n.d.
7Correspondence (Outgoing)-Beshara1970-Mar. 1971
8Correspondence (Outgoing)-BesharaApr.-July 1971
Box C-2
Correspondence
FolderDescriptionDate
1Correspondence (Outgoing)-BesharaAug. 1971-Nov. 1974 + n.d.
2Correspondence (Incoming)-Beshara1971-1972
3Correspondence (Outgoing)-Beyerlein1968-1973
4Correspondence (Outgoing)-Beyerlein1974-1976
5Correspondence (Incoming)-Beyerlein1972-1977 + n.d.
6Correspondence-Boardman1969-1981
7Correspondence-Boyer1972-1977
8Correspondence-Brooks1970-1987
Box C-3
Correspondence
FolderDescriptionDate
1Correspondence — C1971-1978 + n.d.
2Correspondence (Outgoing)-Calhamer1971-1978 + n.d.
3Correspondence (Incoming)-Calhamer1963-1964 + n.d.
4Correspondence-D1971-1982 + n.d.
5Correspondence-E1971-1978
6Correspondence-F1971-1978 + n.d.
7Correspondence-G1970-1979 + n.d.
8Correspondence-Greenwood1974-1978 + n.d.
Box C-4
Correspondence
FolderDescriptionDate
1Correspondence-H1970-1975
2Correspondence-H1976-1991 + n.d.
3Correspondence-J1970-1979 + n.d.
4Correspondence-K1970-1974
5Correspondence-K1975-1984
6Correspondence-L1971-1973
7Correspondence-L1974-1986 + n.d.
8Correspondence-Lakofka1970-1972
9Correspondence-Lakofka1973-1977 + n.d.
Box C-5
Correspondence
FolderDescriptionDate
1Correspondence-M1970-1974
2Correspondence-M1975-1988 + n.d.
3Correspondence-McCallum1970-1974
4Correspondence-N1970-1979 + n.d.
5Correspondence-O1975-1978 + n.d.
Box C-6
Correspondence
FolderDescriptionDate
1Correspondence-P1974-1975
2Correspondence-P1976-1979 + n.d.
3Correspondence (Incoming)-Peery1971
4Correspondence (Outgoing)-Peery1971-1973
Box C-7
Correspondence
FolderDescriptionDate
1Correspondence (Outgoing)-Peery1974-1990
2Correspondence (IDS)-PeeryJan.-July 1971
3Aug.-Sep. 1971
4Oct.-Dec. 1971
5Jan 1972-1973
6Correspondence-Quartermaster1975-1976
7Correspondence-R1967-1974
81975 + n.d.
9Correspondence-S1971-1973
101974-1988 + n.d.
Box C-8
Correspondence
FolderDescriptionDate
1Correspondence-T1970-1978 + n.d.
2Correspondence-U1973-1975
3Correspondence-V1971-1981
4Correspondence-Von Moetzke1971-1993 + n.d.
5Correspondence-W1965-1971
61972-1990 + n.d.
7Correspondence (Incoming)-Walker1972
81973
9Correspondence (Outgoing)-Walker1970-Sept. 1971
10Oct. 1971-1972
Box C-9
Correspondence
FolderDescriptionDate
1Correspondence (Outgoing)-Walker1973-June 1974
2July 1974-1986 + n.d.
3Correspondence-England1971-1975
4Correspondence-Miscellaneous1973-1978
Box OF-1
Organization Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1Rules and miscellaneous materialsN/A
2Diplomacy guide & charts
3Business
4Policy statement and platform
5Constitution
Box OF-2
Organization Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1SubscribersN/A
2Mailing lists
3Rosters
4BNC Custodian
5Circulation survey
6Census/Circulation
7Diplomacy World subscriptions1973
8Diplomacy World subscriptions A-H1974
9Diplomacy World subscriptions I-Z1974
Box OF-3
Organization Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1Diplomacy World subscriptions A-H1975
2Diplomacy World subscriptions I-Z1975
3Diplomacy World subscriptions A-H1976
4Diplomacy World subscriptions I-Z1976
5Diplomacy World subscriptions A-H1977
Box OF-4
Organization Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1Diplomacy World subscriptions I-M1977
2Diplomacy World subscriptions N-Z1977
3Diplomacy World subscriptions A-H1978
4Diplomacy World subscriptions I-Z1978
5Diplomacy World subscriptions A-Z1979
6Diplomacy World1973-1977
7Calhamer awards/Johnny awardsN/A
8GRI (Games Research Inc.)
9NADPS results
10NEP (Novice Entrance Project)/Novice packet
Box OF-5
Organization Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1National Federation of Federal EmployeesN/A
2National Fantasy Fan Federation
3The New York Mafia Protective Newsletter
4WSFA
5Wargaming Association/Conventions
6Dipcons and other conferences
7Ratings
8Avalon Hill flyer
Box OF-6
Organization Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1Meinel's Encyclopedia of Postal Diplomacy ZinesN/A
2TTT publications guide
3Fanzine listings/index
4Diplomacy (Canada)
5British dipzine publishers
Box OF-7
Organization Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1IDA-formation and correspondence1972
2IDA-formation and correspondence1973-1975 + n.d.
3IDA-membershipsN/A
4IDA-variant committee
5IDA-convention committee
6IDA-evaluation committee
7IDA-Handbook committee
8IDA-judicial committee
Box OF-8
Organization Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1IDS-novice seminar programN/A
2IDS-who's who
3IDS-publication and proposal information
4IDS-introduction to strategy and tactics (Russia & Turkey)
5IDS-introduction to strategy and tactics (Germany & Italy)
6IDS-introduction to strategy and tactics (Austria, England & France)
Box GF-1
Game Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1Diplomacy games-1966AI1966
2Diplomacy games-1969R1969
3Diplomacy games-1970BK1970
4Diplomacy games-1970BN1970
5Diplomacy games-1971DI1971
Box GF-2
Game Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1Diplomacy games-1971EH1971
2Diplomacy games-1972BD1972
3Diplomacy games-1972BR1972
4Diplomacy games-1972FK1972
5Diplomacy games-1972GI1972
6Diplomacy games-1973EJ1973
7Diplomacy games-1973GN1973
Box GF-3
Game Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1Diplomacy games-1974CK (pt.1)1974
2Diplomacy games-1974CK (pt.2)1974
3Diplomacy games-1974CL1974
4Diplomacy games-1975A (pt.1)1975
5Diplomacy games-1975A (pt.2)1975
6Diplomacy games-1976BG (Prince John)1976
7Diplomacy games-1977CL- Austria1977
Box GF-4
Game Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1Aces game 
2Antares 
3Big brother-games 20-21, 24, 27 
4Big brother-games 30, 34, 39-40 
5Big brother-games 42, 49, 54 
6Big brother games-miscellaneous 
7Big brother international games 
Box GF-5
Game Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1Big brother-variant games 22, 26, 29, 32-33, 35, 38, 41 
2Big brother stencils 
3Costaguana 
4Diplomacy-(Derek Nelson)1963-1967 + n.d.
5Diplomacy games-1976W1976
6Edi Birsan games 
7Evans dippy tourney 
8HA (Hobby Archives) 
9Halloween G-man game 
Box GF-6
Game Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1International game 
2The Kaiser speaks 
3LG (pt.1) 
4LG (pt. 2) 
5LG-correspondence 
6Lord of the rings 
7Orange room 
8Orphan diplomacy games 
9Out of the graveyard (pt.1) 
10Out of the graveyard (pt.2) 
11Peeripoll 
12Postal diplomacy games1963-1966
13Postal diplomacy games1967-1968
Box GF-7
Game Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1Postal diplomacy games1969-1971
2Stalemates 
3Stench 
4TDA#3 
5Terminus 
6Walker-games 
7Diplomacy winner's invitational 
8Grudge game correspondence 
9Grudge game 
10Recently finished games 
11Davis-Diplomacy variants 
12Diplomacy variants 
13World variants list 
Box GF-8
Game Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1Austria-Birsan 
2England-Lowry 
3Germany-Lakofka 
4Italy-Ward 
5Russia-Power 
6Turkey-Calhamer 
7Colored masters 
8French rules 
9Game charts1967-1970
10Library listing 
11Maps 
Box GF-9
Game Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1Europe-supply charts 
2Naus's supply charts1963-1966
3Naus's supply charts1967-1968
4Naus's supply charts1969-1970
5Naus's supply charts1971-1973
6Rosters 
7Statistics 
8Survey charts 
9Tactical problems 
Box GF-10
Game Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1Variant players nos.1-1294 
2Variant players nos.1295-2992 
3Variant players nos.2993-4317 
4Variant players-deleted addresses A-Z 
5Miscellaneous materials 
Box GF-11
Game Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1Dungeons & dragons (pt.1) 
2Dungeons & dragons (pt.2) 
Box GF-12
Game Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1Dungeons & dragons (pt.3) 
Boxes CF-1-CF-4
Card Files
BoxDescriptionDate
1Players and games 
2Players and games 
3Players and games 
4Players and games & Miscellaneous cards1965-1972
Box AW-1
Awards/Plaque
AwardDescriptionDate
1Don Miller Memorial Award1983-1994
2John Koning Memorial Award1986-1994
3Melinda Ann Holley Award1990-1994
4The Rod Walker Award1984-1994