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Card games, 1811-1993

Level of Description


Scope and Contents

Materials contain playing cards and card games collected by Bill Harrah (dating from 1811 to 1993 with the bulk of the materials dating from 1890 to 1950). Card decks include standard playing cards and various card games such as divination cards, educational card games, and other novelty cards. There are approximately 354 card games in the collection. 272 of the card games are standard playing card decks.


bulk 1890-1950


3.84 Cubic Feet (27 boxes) approximately 272 playing card decks, approximately 354 card games total
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Collection Number: MS-00460
Collection Name: Harrah’s Entertainment Corporate Archives
Box/Folder: N/A

Conditions Governing Access

Some of the decks of cards are sealed in their original wrappers or bear historic seals from tax or import/export agencies.  These decks are to remain unopened.


Materials are arranged by game type. Materials are further arranged by country of publisher.

Processing Information

Descriptions of card games include the name of the publisher (when available), and/or a transcription of the text found on the card game (when available). In some cases, the descriptions also include unique physical characteristics of the object(s).