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John D. Beasley's papers relating to peg solitaire and other board games


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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.


  • Creation: 20th century


0.6 Linear metre (4 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Latin

Original material is in English, reproduced material in English, French, German and Latin.

Conditions Governing 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.'

Preferred Citation

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

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. 15049/1-4

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15049


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

Biographical / Historical

John D. Beasley was born in 1940 and is a mathematician. He is the author of The Mathematics of Games and Endgame Magic, as well as The Ins and Outs of Peg Solitaire.


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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by John D. Beasley, July 2017.

Separated Materials

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).

Catalogue of John D. Beasley's papers relating to peg solitaire and other board games, 20th century
Finding aid prepared by Margaret Czepiel
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom