University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Debra Lazarus Records, 1983-1985



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lazarus, Debra
Title: Lazarus, Debra, Records
Abstract: The Lazarus Records include 3 short videos on a single DVD documenting the Coleco ARD department’s work process for 3 different games for the ColecoVision and ADAM consoles.
Accession No.: 2012-060
OCLC No.: 956457904
Extent: 1 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

Debra Lazarus is an independent artist and a designer, whose early interest and experience in special effects and animation led to a unique position as an “electronic graphic designer” in the Advanced Research and Development (ARD) department at Coleco Industries in 1983. She designed graphics and animation used in video games and educational software for the ColecoVision video game console and the ADAM Family Computer System. She also produced storyboards, game simulation boards and marker renditions for new product presentations. Her position ended in June 1985 when the company decided there was no future in video games and the ARD department was shutdown. Debra continued to design graphics and animation for the Commodore 64 and Apple Computer at various spinoff companies and consulted on a proposed laser tag entertainment facility and amusement park ride.


Scope and Contents

The Lazarus Records include 3 short videos on a single DVD documenting the Coleco ARD department’s work process for 3 different games for the ColecoVision and ADAM consoles.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Lazarus, Debra
Subjects (Organizations)
Coleco
Subjects
Video games
ColecoVision

Related Material

Forms part of the UT Videogame Archive


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Debra Lazarus Records, 1983-1985, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Zach Vowell, April 2012.

Subsequent revisions were made by Matthew Cepeda, July 2015.

Subsequent revisions made by Jennifer Allen, August 2016.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Coleco Industries

box
2011-215/3 Videos
All 3 videos reside on a single DVD.
Subroc Super Game
ExperType (ADAM)
"Kid Vid Bunny Bee" Screen, Toy Fair display
Coleco business card
Lazarus autobiographical sketches, April 13, 2012
Brief Biological Sketch
Working as an artist at Coleco
Making the Art
Storyboards for Dr. Seuss