CARING FOR DOLLS & TOYS
A FEW REFERENCES FOR THE CARE AND REPAIR OF DOLLS & TOYS
Antique Engine, Tractor, and Toy Association
c/o David C. Semmel
5731 Paradise Road
Slatington, PA 18080-4028
Promotes study and collection of antique farm equipment and toys. Conducts educational programs.
Antique Toy Collectors of America
c/o Susan Hettinger, Sec.
764 Twilight Drive
Crescent Springs, KY 41017
Research, study and documentation of antique toys; conducts research and education programs; publications.
Bethlehem Historical Association
1003 River Road
Selkirk, NY 12158
Collection includes dolls, toys, early school material, items from home, tools for farming, ice harvesting and railroading; library; exhibits; educational programs.
Buccleuch Park, Easton Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Mailing address: 114 Mine Road, High Bridge, NJ 08829
Collection inculdes toys and home items; exhibits; tours.
Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
FAX (404) 873-9907
Library; videos; educational programs; exhibits; publications.
CHTJ Southard House Museum
75 Main Street
Richmond, ME 04357
FAX (207) 737-8772
Collection includes antique tools, toys, dolls; library; exhibits; educational facilities; tours.
CreatabiliToys! Museum of Advertizing Icons
1550 Madruga Avenue, Suite 504
Coral Gables, FL 33146
FAX (305) 669-0092
Collection includes 1939 to the present advertizing icons (Mr. Bubble, Charlie Tuna, Speedy Alka Seltzer, Tony the Tiger); tours; lectures; exhibits.
Crossroads of America
6 Trudeau Road
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Model railroad and toy museum: model cars, outboard motors, period cameras, collectibles; library; exhibits; tours.
Delaware Toy & Miniature Museum
PO Box 4053, Route 141
Wilmington, DE 19807
(302) 427-TOYS (8697)
FAX (302) 427-8654
Collections of dolls, toys, trains, boats, planes, and dollhouses.
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
1880 Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80206
Library; educational programs; exhibits; publications.
Doll Artisan Guild
35 Main Street
PO Box 1113
Oneonta, NY 13820-1113
FAX (607) 432-2042
Authentic reproductions of antique porcelain dolls; creation, education, supplies; doll center gives advice.
Doll Collectors of America
14 Chestnut Road
Westford, MA 01886
Study, collection and preservation of dolls; disseminates and publishes information; maintains library on dolls; answers questions.
Doll Emporium School of Dollmaking
19 Mill Street East
Acton, ON L7J 1G8
FAX (519) 853-2487
Education of dollmakers.
The Doll-Fan Attic
Box 58, R.D. 3
Plymouth, NH 03264
Collection of dolls and memorabilia relating to dolls; tours; exhibits.
Doll's House and Toy Museum of Washington
5236 44th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 244-0024/(202) 363-6400
Information on dolls and toys; exhibits.
Eliza Cruce Hall Doll Museum
320 "E" Northwest
Ardmore, OK 73401
Exhibits; tours; library; lectures; publications.
Enchanted World Doll Museum
615 North Main
Mitchell, SD 57301
FAX (605) 996-0210
Exhibits; library; educational programs; publications.
Eugene Field House & Toy Museum
634 South Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102
Collection of manuscripts, antique toys and dolls, memorabilia; library; exhibits; tours.
Franks Antique Doll Museum
211 West Grand Avenue
Marshall, TX 75670
Mailing address: 410 North Grove Street, Marshall, TX 75670
Exhibits; tours; study club; brochure.
Gay Nineties Button & Doll Museum
Off Route 62
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Mailing Address: Route 2, Box 452, Berryville, AR 72616
(501) 253-8588/(800) 645-8588
FAX (501) 253-5444
Vintage doll and button collection; tours; lectures; exhibits.
Golden State Model Railroad Museum
PO Box 1243
El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 234-4884; (510) 758-6288
Model railroad information.
Hawaii Bottle Museum Inc
27 Kalopa Mauka Road
PO Box 1635
Honokaa, HI 96727-1635
Antique bottle museum with bottles from c. 1776-1900; library; tours; educational programs; exhibits.
House of a Thousand Dolls
106 First Street
PO Box 136
Loma, MT 59460
Collection of toys and dolls from 1830 to the present.
Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum
411 Olive, PO Box 782
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Surfing boards from c. 1900 to the present; exhibits; tours.
Ida Dennie WIllis Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys
628 North Country CLub Drive
Tulsa, OK 74127
Dolls, toys and miniatures in collection.
International Barbie Doll Collectors Club
PO Box 79
Bronx, NY 10464
Information on preservation and collection of Barbie dolls.
International Doll Makers Association
c/o Judy Meier
Redford, MI 48239
Education of doll makers.
International Foundation of Doll Makers
PO Box 14438
Ft. Worth, TX 76117
Doll makers, sculptors, dressmakers, wig makers, collectors; education.
International Rose O'Neill Club
c/o Jack Croster
Nixa, MO 65714
Preservation of Kewpie dolls.
Lifeline Career Schools
2251 Barry Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Education of dollmakers.
Lilliput Doll Hospital
2815 Brownsville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
Information on doll repair and restoration.
Marble Collectors Society of America
PO Box 222
Trumball, CT 06611
Information on marbles.
Milan Historical Museum, Inc.
10 Edison Drive
PO Box 308
Milan, OH 44846
Collection of dolls and other items; tours; exhibitions; publications.
National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts
130 North Rangeline Road
PO Box 69
Carmel, IN 46032
FAX (317) 571-8105
Arts and crafts/hobby museum; exhibits; tours; educational programs; meetings; publications.
National Institute of American Doll Artists
c/o Leona Peterson
81-29 Cowles Court
Middle Village, NY 11379
Information on dollmakers, dolls and other related areas.
National Toy Train Museum
PO Box 248
Strasburg, PA 17579
FAX (717) 687-0742
Collection of toy trains from the 1840s to the present, model trains and related paraphernalia and accessories, railroadiana; library; exhibits; publications.
National Yo Yo Museum
Chico, CA 95928
Collection of yo yos.
Original Doll Artists Council of America
c/o Kathi Clarke
612 Fourth Street
Oconto, WI 54153
Information on dollmakers and preservation of dolls.
Pauline E. Glidden Toy Museum
c/o Ashland Historic Society
PO Box 175
Ashland, NH 03217
Collection of toys, children's books, games, dolls and a schoolroom.
Porter Thermometer Museum
49 Zarahelma Road
Onset, MA 02558
Thermometer and weather device collection; library; exhibits; tours; educational programs.
Prairie Museum of Art & History
1905 South Franklin
PO Box 465
Colby, KS 67701
Collection of dolls and other memorabilia; library; exhibits; educational programs; publications.
Railroader's Memorial Museum
1300 9th Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602
FAX (814) 946-9457
Railroad artifacts collection; library; exhibits; tours; workshops; publications.
Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art
1116 108th Avenue, NE
Bellvue, WA 98004
FAX (425) 455-4793
Library; exhibits; educational programs; publications.
San Diego Model Railroad Museum Inc.
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
FAX (619) 696-0239
Model railroad collection; railroad artifacts; library; tours; exhibits; publications.
713 Mabry Street
Selma, AL 36701
Mailing address: PO Box 1205, Selma, AL 36702-1205
Collection consists of dolls and other items; exhibits; tours.
Stutsman County Memorial Museum
Fort Seward Historical Society, Inc.
321 3rd Avenue SE
Jamestown, ND 58402
Mailing address: PO Box 1002, Jamestown, ND 58401
Collection includes dolls; library; exhibits.
Town of Yorktown Museum
1974 Commerce Street
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Collection includes doll houses, dolls, toys, and marionettes; library; exhibits; educational programs; publications.
Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City
5235 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
FAX (816) 333-2055
Collection of doll houses, toys and dolls; library; exhibits; educational programs; publications.
Toy Stores Steiff Collectors Club
c/o The Toy Store
PO Box 798
Holland, OH 43528
(800) 862-TOYS; (419) 473-9801
FAX (419) 473-3947
Disseminates collector and historical information on Steiff toys.
Toy Train Collectors Society
c/o Bob Byledbal
4868 Holly Place
Hamburg, NY 14075
Promotion and preservation of toy trains; meetings; speakers; publications.
Toy Train Operating Society
25 West Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
Collection and operation of toy trains; museum; library; speakers; publications.
3135 Highway 117 North
Colfax, IA 50054
Model railroad collection; exhibits; tours; educational programs.
United Federation of Doll Clubs
National Doll and Toy Collectors
88 East Street
PO Box 14146
Parkville, MO 64152
Information on dolls and collections.
Webster House Museum
9 East Rockwell
PO Box 273
Elkhorn, WI 53121
Collection includes children's museum; library; exhibits; lectures; tours; publications.
132 Main Street
Wenham, MA 01984
FAX (508) 468-5535
Library; exhibits; educational programs; publications.
Wheels o' Time Museum
9 miles north of Peoria on Route 40
Dunlap, IL 61525
Mailing address: PO Box 9636, Peoria, IL 61612-9636
(309) 691-3470/(309) 243-9020
Collection of toys; library; exhibits; tours.
World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame
PO Box 964
3rd Street NW
Long Beach, WA 98631
FAX (360) 642-2318
Kite collection; exhibits; library and archives; educational programs; publications.
World o' Tools Museum
2431 Highway 13 South
Waverly, TN 37185
Early tool, etc collection; library; tours; lectures; exhibits.
Additional Internet Resources
Antique Collectors' Club
Books and resources on collectibles.
Marble collecting and playing.
Collector Online Club Directory
Directory of clubs related to antiques and collectibles.
Dean's Model Kit and Toy Museum
Museum of plastic model kits and old toys.
Information on dolls.
Dolls, Doll Clothing and Doll Houses
Encyclopedia Smithsonian bibliography.
Game Marble Bibliography
Citations on marbles.
Game Marble Reference Books
Citations on marbles.
Information on marbles.
New York Doll Hospital
Doll and related items repair.
Shankar's International Dolls Museum
Museum of costume dolls.
TLC Doll Hospital
Repair of dolls and related items.
Numerous references are available at your local library regarding the care and repair of dolls. Also, there are several magazines targeted to doll collectors; some are devoted to collecting specific types. The following books are intended to help you learn more about caring for dolls:
Angione, Genevieve. All-Bisque & Half Bisque Dolls. New York: Thomas Nelson & sons, 1969.
Asakawa, Gil and Leland Rucker. The Toy Book. 1st edition. New York: Knopf, 1992.
Bach, Pieter. Textile, costume, and doll collections: in the United States and Canada. 1st edition. Lopez, WA: R.L. Shep, 1981.
Bachmann, Manfred, and Claus Hansmann. Dolls the wide world over. New York: Crescent Books, 1973.
Baker, Linda. Modern Toys: American Toys, 1930-1980. Paducah, KY: Collector Books, 1993.
Bean, WIlliam M. and Al M. Sternagle. Greenberg's Guide to Gilbert erector sets. Sykesville, MD: Greenberg Pub. Co., 1993.
Chanan, Gabriel and Hazel Francis. Toys and games of children of the world. Paris: Unesco, 1984.
Coleman, Dorothy S. The Collector's Book of Dolls' Clothes: Costumes in miniature 1700-1929. New York: Crown Publications, 1975.
Coleman, Evelyn. The Age of Dolls. Washington, DC: D.S. Coleman, 1965.
Connell, Vergne (director). The art of doll repair and restoration: A Marty Westfall video workshop - bisque and parian doll heads. Bethesda, MD: Concept Associates, 1989.
Christopher, Catherine. The complete book of doll making and collecting. 2nd rev. ed. New York: Dover Publications, 1971.
Culff, Robert. The world of toys. Feltham, UK: Hamlyn, 1969.
Eaton, Faith. Care & Repair of Antique & Modern Dolls. London: B.T. Batsford, 1985.
Fawcett, Clara Hallard. Dolls: A Guide for Collectors. New York: Lindquist Publications, 1947.
Fellows, Paul. Pocket guide to doll marks and makers. Lombard, IL: Wallace-Homestead Book Co., 1985.
Filene, Adele B. and Polly Willman. The Costume Society of America: Bibliography 1974-1979. New York: Costume Society of America, 1979.
Fisher, Elizabeth Andrews. Doll Stuff. Middletown, CT: E.A. Fisher, 1959.
Fraser, Antonia. Dolls. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1963.
Freed, Joe and Sharon Freed. Collector's guide to American transportation toys, 1895-1941. Raleigh, NC: Freedom Pub. Co., 1995.
Freeman, Ruth. American Dolls Encyclopedia. Watkins Glen, NY: Century House, 1972.
Freeman, Ruth. How to Repair and Dress Dolls. Watkins Glen, NY: Century House, 1972.
Gaylin, Evelyn. Doll Repair. Riverdale, MD: Hobby House Press, 1976.
Gerken, Jo Elizabeth. Wonder Dolls of Papier Mache. Lincoln, NE: Doll Research Associates, 1970.
Gerken, Jo Elizabeth. Wonderful dolls of wax. Lincoln, NE: Doll Research Associates, 1964.
Gonzalez y Gonzalez, Luis. Mexican Games and Toys. Mexico: Dina, 1993.
Goodfellow, Caroline G. The ultimate doll book. 1st American edition. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1993.
Goodfellow, Caroline G. Understanding Dolls. Antique Collectors' Club, 1998.
Hake, Theodore L. Overstreet presents Hake's price guide to character toys: including premiums, comic, cereal, TV, movies, radio & related store bought items. 2nd edition. York, PA: Gemstone Pub., 1998.
Harley, Basil. Optical toys. Princes Risborough: Shire, 1988.
Jackson, Val. Dolls' houses and minatures. London: Murray, 1988.
Jacobs, Charles M. Kenton cast iron toys: the real thing in everything but size. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub., 1996.
Jacobs, Flora Gill. A Book of Dolls and Doll Houses. Rutland, VT: E. Tuttle Co., 1967.
Johnson, Audrey. Dressing Dolls. Newton, MA: C.T. Bradford Co., 1969.
Johnson, Audrey. How to Repair & Dress Old Dolls. Newton, MA: C.T. Bradford Company, 1967.
Johnson, Dana. Matchbox toys, 1947 to 1996: identification and value guide. 2nd edition. Paducah, KY: Collector Books, 1997.
King, Constance. The Century of the Teddy Bear. Antique Collectors' Club, 1998.
King, Constance. Collecting Dolls: Reference and Price Guide. Antique Collectors' Club, 1998.
Levitt, Jeffrey S. The world of antique toys. New York: Mint & Boxed, 1990.
Lutz, Nancie Anne. Dolls - A Complete Bibliography. Newport Beach, CA: The Doll Works, 1981 (291 p.)
Machen, Elsie. Steps to a doll clinic. San Jose, CA: Bookshelf Press, 1968.
Marsh, Hugo. Miller's Toys & Games Antiques Checklist. Antique Collectors' Club, 1998.
Matter, Darryl E. and Roxana Marie Matter. A collector's guide to toy sewing machines. Carrollton, GA: The Authors, 1982.
Matthews, Jack. Toys go to war: Worls War II military toys, games, puzzles & books. Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories Pub. Co., 1994.
McLary, Kathleen. Amish style: clothing, home furnishings, toys, dolls, and quilts. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1993.
McQuiston, Don and Sebra McQuiston. Dolls and toys of Native America: a journey through childhood. San Francisco, CA: Cronicle Books, 1995.
Miller, Judith, editor. Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia. Antique Collectors' Club, 1998.
Moloney, Joan. Dolls. New York: Drake Publishing, 1971.
Murray, John J. and Bruce R. Fox. Fisher-Price, 1931-1963: a historical, rarity, value guide. 2nd print ed. Florence, AL: Books Americana, 1991.
O'Brien, Marian Maeve. The collector's guide to dollhouses and doohouse miniatures. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1974.
O'Brien, Richard. Collecting Toys: A collector's identification and value guide. Florence, AL: Books Americana, 1993.
O'Brien, Richard. The story of American toys from the puritans to the present. New York: Abbeville Press, 1990.
O'Neill, Richard. The collector's encyclopedia of metal toys: a pictorial guide to over 2500 examples on timplate and diecast toys dating from 1850 to the present day. New York: Crescent Books, 1988.
Palacia, Joan. Flexible Flyer and other great sleds for collectors. Atglen, PA: Schiffet Pub., 1997.
Petroski, Henry, and Karen Hewitt. Toying with architecture: the building toy in the arena of play, 1800 to the present. Katonah, NY: Katonah Museum of Art, 1997.
Roberts, Catherine C. The Complete Book of Doll Making and Collecting. 2nd rev. ed. New York: Dover, 1971.
Schneider, Stuart L. Collecting the space race. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1993.
Shea, Ralph A. Doll Mark Clues. Ridgefield, NJ: Ralph A. Shea, 1972.
Smyth, Carole and Richard Smyth. Sand pails and other sand toys: a study and price guide. Huntington, NY: Carole Smyth Antiques, 1996.
Spilhaus, Athelstan and Kathleen Spilhaus. Mechanical toys: how old toys work. New York: Crown Publishers, 1989.
Strange, Craig. Collector's Guide to Timker Toys. Paducah, KY: Collector Books, 1996.
Time-Life Books. Toys and Games: Imaginative Playthings from America's Past. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, 1991.
Ulseth, Hazel. Antique children's fashons, 1880-1900: a handbook for doll costumers. Cumberland, MD: Hobby House Press, 1982.
Wells, Stuart W. Science Fiction Collectibles - Identification & Price Guide. Kraus Pub.
Westfall, Marty. Handbook of Doll Repair and Restoration. New York, NY: Crown Pub., 1979.
White, Gwen. Antique toys and their background. London: Chencellor Press, 1971.
Whitton, Blair. American clockwork toys, 1862-1900. Exton, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1981.
Williams, Anne D. Jigsaw puzzles: an illustrated history and price guide. Radnor, PA: Wallace-Homestead Book Co., 1990.
Zillner, Dian. American dollhouses and furniture from the 20th century. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub., 1995.
This list is not all-inclusive. Some art conservators do perform doll conservation and restoration. For example, some objects conservators specialize in the conservation or restoration of porcelain and ceramics; textile conservators would be able to conserve or restore doll clothes. Conservators are generally highly trained specialists and their fees will normally be much higher than a doll repair shop. They will also be able to advise you on the proper storage of your dolls. You can also try your yellow pages for doll repair shops or doll hospitals in your area.
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Compiled by: Mary L. Garbin, Gail Goriesky, Ann N'Gadi
Created: August 1995
Revised: March 2004