Catalogue of John D. Beasley's papers relating to peg solitaire and other board games, 20th century

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A   Published and unpublished material relating to peg solitaire and other board games as compiled by John D. Beasley, 20th century

Archive of John D. Beasley

20th century

Original and reproduced material related to board games with focus on peg solitaire.

Extent: 0.6 Linear metre
Language(s) of Material: Original material is in English, reproduced material in English, French, German and Latin.

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. 15049/1-4

Scope and Content

The archive contains material related to research into various board games with particular focus on the mathematical aspects of peg solitaire. The papers comprise original manuscripts with relevant correspondence, together with published, transcribed and reproduced articles on the subject. The time span of the complete material (including publications, transcriptions and reproductions) is 1697 to 2017. Some of this material is available on The John and Sue Beasley WebSite.


The original arrangement of the material is preserved as donated. Each box includes a list of content.

Restrictions on Use

As per note on the donor's website: 'We [John and Sue Beasley] have no authority to waive any rights that may be held by others, but as far as we are concerned anything on this site may be copied or otherwise used without payment or formality; all we ask is that any quotation be fair and accurate, and that there be suitable acknowledgement.'


Donated by John D. Beasley, July 2017.

Separated Material

Notes relating to John Beasley's The ins and outs of peg solitarie (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985) were donated by the author in October 1986. This publication is accessible through the Bodleian online catalogue (shelfmark 39491 d.189).

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 15049/1].

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Beasley | John D. | b 1940 | puzzle enthusiast


20th century
Solitaire (Board game)

A   Published and unpublished material relating to peg solitaire and other board games as compiled by John D. Beasley, 20th century

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 15049/1-4

Extracts from books and journals (some trascribed), including Le mercure galant (1697), The handbook of games (1890), Les tablettes du chercheur (1891-1896) and Journal of recreational mathematics (1983-1986)
Date: 1697-2017
Shelfmark: MS. 15049/1
Language(s) of Material: English, In English, French and Latin.
Extent: 1 box

Patents and descriptions of board games, predominantly peg solitaire, together with relevant correspondence
Date: 1865-2017
Shelfmark: MS. 15049/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Publications and photocopies of articles discussing the mechanics of peg solitaire and other board games
Date: 1893-1979
Shelfmark: MS. 15049/3
Language(s) of Material: English, In English, French, German and Latin.
Extent: 1 box

Print-outs of early articles on the subject of peg solitaire
Date: 1697-1808
Shelfmark: MS. 15049/4
Language(s) of Material: French, In French and German.
Extent: 1 box

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