Guide to the Helen Popenoe Paper Doll Collection, 1942-1947
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1156
Creators:
Popenoe, Helen
Dates:
1942-1947
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.5 Cubic feet
2 boxes
Repository:
In the 1940s, during Helen Popenoe's elementary school years, she collected and played with paper dolls. This collection consists of the dolls that she enjoyed as a child.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of paper dolls of various types including female movie stars, "Blondie," comic strip characters, and several "Good Neighbor" dolls inspired by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Good Neighbor Policy. Additionally there are paper dolls of young children and toddlers, as well as fictitious characters with clothes and accessories that represent the time period in American history in which they were produced. For example, several paper dolls have World War II military uniforms.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into six series and is organized by type of doll.
Series 1: "Blondie" Characters, undated
Series 2: Celebrities, undated
Series 3: Couples, undated
Series 4: Good Neighbor, undated
Series 5: Queens, undated
Series 6: Miscellaneous, undated

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
This collection is comprised of Helen Popenoe's personal paper doll collection from her elementary school days, ages 5-10. The collection dates from 1942 to 1947. It is possible that some of these dolls were purchased at Kann's Department Store in Washington, D.C. Many of the paper dolls were discovered in a Kann's shopping bag.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Hannah Rosen (intern), July, 2009 and Marisa Kritikson (intern), July, 2010; supervised by Alison Oswald, archivist.
Author
Hannah Rosen (intern); supervised by Alison Oswald, archivist
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, by Helen Popenoe in June, 2009.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
Preferred Citation
Helen Popenoe Paper Doll Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Related Materials
Materials in the Archives Center
Carolyn and Donald Grepke Paper Doll Collection, 1895-1991 (AC 0752)
Elinor S. Miller Paper Doll Collection, circa 1909-1940 (AC1110).

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Dolls Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Paper dolls Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Toys -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives