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Alma and Spencer Garlow Dolls Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0156

Scope and Contents

The set of dolls in this collection, entitled An American Family, 1630-1900, was carved from horse chestnut wood by Helen Bullard. The set includes nine generations of couples, each at their age of marriage, and was designed to show a parade of ordinary middle class people, starting with the 17th century Puritan immigrants in Massachusetts. Bullard only made six sets of An American Family. This collection is registered with the National Institute of American Doll Artists. Also included is My People in Wood by Helen Bullard; and papers relating to the donation and transfer.

Dates

  • circa 1962

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Alma Garlow was a long-time resident of Greensboro and a 1934 graduate of Woman's College (now UNCG). She was a doll collector and a member of the National Institute of American Doll Artists.

Extent

5.70 Linear Feet (19 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Alma Garlow was a a 1934 graduate of Woman's College (now UNCG), a doll collector and a member of the National Institute of American Doll Artists. The set of dolls in this collection, entitled An American Family, 1630-1900, was carved from horse chestnut wood by Helen Bullard.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Alma and Spencer Garlow. In 1998, Mr. Garlow donated the dolls to the School of Human Environmental Sciences. The dolls were transferred to University Archives in July 2000.

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Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff.
Title
Alma and Spencer Garlow Dolls Collection
Author
Archives staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
P.O. Box 26170
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Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US
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