The Saralee Negro dolls, 1951.
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- The Saralee Negro dolls, 1951.
- Von Hesse, Maxeda Ferguson.
Binder containing typescripts and photographs compiled by Maxeda Ferguson von Hesse to document the creation and production of the Beautiful Saralee Dolls. The binder contains an essay regarding the dolls' creation, fifteen black-and-white photographic prints of doll head maquettes created by sculptor Sheila Burlingame (1894-1969), and brief biographies of Sara Lee Creech, Burlingame, and von Hesse, a friend of Creech, who assisted in the production and marketing of the dolls.
Maxeda Ferguson von Hesse (1913-1987), American author, lecturer, and director of the Von Hesse Studios of Effective Speech and Human Relations, New York.
The Beautiful Saralee Dolls were the first anthropologically correct African American baby dolls made in the United States. Two examples were presented to Yale University Library's James Weldon Johnson Collection in November 1951 by their manufacturer, David Rosenstein (died 1963), president of Ideal Toy Corporation, and Sara Lee Creech (1916- 2008), their inventor.
Title from cover.
- 0.21 linear feet (1 box)
- Extent of Digitization
- This object has been completely digitized.
- Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
- Call Number
- JWJ MSS 124
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- mixed material
- Photographs--United States--20th century.
- Resource Type
- Archives or Manuscripts
- Subject (Name)
Creech, Sara Lee.
Ideal Toy Corporation.
Von Hesse, Maxeda Ferguson.
- Subject (Topic)
- Black dolls--United States.
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- Maxeda Ferguson von Hesse, The Saralee Negro Dolls. James Weldon Johnson Collection in the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
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