The Frost Play Research Collection was dedicated in the spring of 2004 with the purpose of making available historical and contemporary research material for students and play scholars. The collection, awarded to the University of the Incarnate Word and periodically updated by teacher, researcher, and author, Dr. Joe L. Frost, is comprised of materials from his extensive research library and donated material. Support facilities and equipment are provided by UIW’s Mabee Library. The Collection is supported by the Joe and Betty Frost Endowment, and contributions by public and privategroups such as the International Play Equipment Manufacturer's Association (IPEMA).
This growing collection of play and related research materials includes:
- Hundreds of cataloged books, journal volumes, reports, video recordings, and other materials, many which are rare and/or out-of-print
- Collections of Dr. Frost’s correspondence, manuscripts, and other items related to his research and work in the field of play
- Hundreds of photographs dealing with children’s play gathered by Dr. Frost
In addition to maintaining these research materials, the Mabee Library, in association with UIW’s Dreeben School of Education, has hosted a number of events and conferences centered on the unique resources and mission of the Frost Collection. Among others, these include: the Fiesta of Play (2006), Landmarks and Landscapes of Play (2008), and Saving Children: A Reform Movement for the 21st Century (2010). The next conference, Lifelong Health, Wellness, and Learning through Play, will be held on the University of the Incarnate Word campus in San Antonio, Texas on April 5-6, 2013.
The collection is open at posted hours during the semester, and by appointment year-round. At this time, materials may be used only within the library, and are not available for check out or loan. The Frost Collection website has further information such as:
- Hours of availability, location, contact information and use policies
- Biography of Dr. Joe Frost and timeline of his works
- Pages showing programs, pictures, and other information from past events
- Links to organizations and resources in play research and related areas