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Guide to the Paper Doll Collection
ca. 1850-1953
  PR 161

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Jenny Gotwals

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on December 27, 2019
Description is in English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 30 photocopies per day per person. Suitability of the original for photocopying is at the discretion of the staff. Neither blueprints nor tracings can be copied under any circumstances. Duplication of large-format items will be done by the house photographer. See Print Room guidelines for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from

Rights and Reproductions
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New York, NY 10024

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Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Paper Doll Collection, PR 161, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at The New-York Historical Society

Pantins, an early precursor of paper dolls, can be found in the Graphic Arts File (PR 022). The New-York Historical Society Museum holds other examples of paper dolls.

Separated Materials

This collection previously included two folders of paper dolls from the Nadelman Collection of Folk Art, which were transferred to the New-York Historical Society Museum in 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was compiled by New-York Historical Society from various sources over time. When the source is known, it is noted at the folder level below.


The collection is open for additional materials to be added over time.