Atari Alamogordo Excavation Collection, 1983, 2011, 2014-2015
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Brief Description:

The Atari Alamogordo Excavation Collection consists of one Centipede video game, excavated from the landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico, in April 2014.  Also included is a Certificate of Authenticity from the City of Alamogordo, newspaper and magazine clippings, and a 2014 essay about the excavation.

Also included are two "toys" created by Special Ed Toys of Los Angeles, California. The first is a metallic pin of E.T. from the Atari game. The second, an "Online Auction Ready Artifact-Kit," is a small plastic bag with dirt, discarded Atari games, and a plastic E.T. figurine. Both pieces are noted to be part of the "Landfill 2600" system.

Held at:
Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections
Chester Fritz Library
3051 University Ave Stop 9000
Grand Forks, ND 58202 9000
Phone: 701-777-4625
Fax: 701-777-3319
Email: und.archives [at]
Record Series Number: OGLMC/1637
Volume: 0.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 02/05/2015. Bill Caraher donated additional material on December 18, 2017; 2017-3371.
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Subject Index
Video Games
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: Bill Caraher, UND Department of History  Donation; Acc.2015-3272
PreferredCitation: (Description of Item). Atari Alamogordo Excavation Collection.  OGLMC 1637, Box #, Folder #.  Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.