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Helen Frankenthaler holiday card to Theodoros Stamos

Type:
Artworks
Date:
19--
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14945
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Theodoros Stamos papers, circa 1922-2008
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14945
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Everett & Polly Hart Christmas card to Eugenie Gershoy

Creator:
Hart, Everett Charles, 1908-1993  Search this
Gershoy, Eugenie, 1901-1983 or 6  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11149
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Eugenie Gershoy papers, 1914-1983
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11149
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Christmas card by Martin Johnson to Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.

Creator:
Johnson, Martin  Search this
Hemphill, Herbert Waide, 1929-1998  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11608
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Herbert Waide Hemphill papers, 1776-1998, bulk 1876-1998
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11608
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Christmas card by Peter Hunt

Creator:
Hunt, Peter, 1896?-1967  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11652
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Peter Hunt papers, 1788-1968
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11652
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Patricia Matta christmas card to Joseph Cornell

Creator:
Matta, Patricia  Search this
Cornell, Joseph, 1903-1972  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Place:
Spain
Date:
19--
Topic:
Dancers  Search this
Embroidery  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11787
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Joseph Cornell papers, 1804-1986, bulk 1939-1972
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11787
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Carl M. Schultheiss holiday card to Ralph Fabri

Creator:
Schultheiss, Carl M., 1885-1961  Search this
Fabri, Ralph, 1894-1975  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Christian art and symbolism  Search this
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11791
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Ralph Fabri papers, circa 1870s-1975, bulk 1918-1975
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11791
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Lena Gurr holiday card to Jacob Kainen

Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Kainen, Jacob, 1909-2001  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Landscapes  Search this
Winter  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11841
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Jacob Kainen papers, 1905-2009, bulk 1940-2001
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11841
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Lena Gurr holiday card to Ralph Fabri

Creator:
Gurr, Lena, 1897-1992  Search this
Fabri, Ralph, 1894-1975  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Animals  Search this
Holidays  Search this
Relief prints  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11851
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Ralph Fabri papers, circa 1870s-1975, bulk 1918-1975
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11851
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Holiday card from Henri and Helena Hoppenot to Joseph Cornell

Creator:
Hoppenot, Henri  Search this
Cornell, Joseph, 1903-1972  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13222
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Joseph Cornell papers, 1804-1986, bulk 1939-1972
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13222
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Elsie, Fred, & Dorothea (last name unknown) Christmas card to Fred and Adelaide Morris Gardner

Creator:
Gardner, Fred, 1880-1952  Search this
Subject:
Gardner, Adelaide Morris  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Holidays  Search this
Relief prints  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13312
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Fred and Adelaide Morris Gardner papers, 1916-1978
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13312

Harrison Cady Christmas card to Eric Hudson

Creator:
Cady, Harrison, 1877-1970  Search this
Hudson, Eric, 1864-1932  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Animals  Search this
Caricatures and cartoons  Search this
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13318
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Eric Hudson and Hudson family papers, 1900-1992
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13318

Nassos Daphnis holiday card to George Constant

Creator:
Daphnis, Nassos, 1914-2010  Search this
Constant, George, 1892-1978  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13335
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George Constant papers, 1912-2007, bulk 1932-1978
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13335

Kay Sage christmas card to Eleanor Howland Bunce

Creator:
Sage, Kay, 1898-1963  Search this
Bunce, Eleanor Howland, 1905-  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11148
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Eleanor Howland Bunce papers, 1935-1982
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11148
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Maurice Chevalier christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear

Creator:
Chevalier, Maurice  Search this
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11306
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers, 1920-1990
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11306
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Herman H. Graff christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear

Creator:
Graff, Herman H.  Search this
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11307
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers, 1920-1990
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11307
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Don Baum Christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear

Creator:
Baum, Don, 1922-2008  Search this
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Christian art and symbolism  Search this
Collage  Search this
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11317
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers, 1920-1990
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11317
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Jean Gerometta christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear

Creator:
Gerometta, Jean  Search this
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11322
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers, 1920-1990
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11322
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Holiday card from Bill Brincka to Ethel Spears and Kathleen Blackshear

Creator:
Spears, Ethel, 1902 or 03-1974  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Christian art and symbolism  Search this
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11323
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers, 1920-1990
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11323
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Holiday card designed by Michiko Sato

Creator:
Blackshear, Kathleen, 1897-1988  Search this
Subject:
Spears, Ethel  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
19--
Topic:
Holidays  Search this
Relief prints  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11651
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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers, 1920-1990
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Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11651
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The Carolyn and Donald Grepke Paper Doll Collection

Creator:
Grepke, Donald, 1932-  Search this
Grepke, Carolyn, 1937-1995  Search this
Extent:
70 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1800s-1998, undated
Summary:
Abstract: Collection consists of over a century of paper dolls documenting their use as advertisements, and depictions of popular culture, fashion trends, family lifestyles, gender roles, ideal communities,and cultural heroes.
Scope and Contents:
Collection consists of paper dolls dating from the 1800s-1998. The bulk of the paper dolls, however, date from the 1900s-1970s. Due to the Grepkes' careful selection, the paper dolls are in excellent condition, most were never used or played with. In addition, most of the sets are complete, with few or no missing pieces. A sustainable amount of the collection remains in original packaging which often included the periodical or comic book in which it was published, the original box, or a folder or booklet. A substantial amount of these paper dolls was commercially produced with examples of hand-made dolls and clothing. Clothing for the dolls is mostly created from paper with examples of cloth, wood, and plastic. Hand colored commercially produced dolls and clothing also exist within the collection. Special features on the dolls could include hair, plastic eyes, photographic faces, and moveable parts.

The artwork aspect of the collection provides potential research use with illustrations by such paper doll artists as Queen Holden, who was renowned for her dolls of the 1930s, and Tom Tierney, who has depicted almost every celebrity of the 20th century in paper doll form. Originals and reproductions of Grace Gebbie Drayton's (1877-1936) Dolly Dingle paper dolls series, which appeared in the Pictorial Review from 1913-1933, are included among the materials. Drayton is well known for her creation and illustration of the "Campbell Kids." She illustrated books and other publications and designed dolls and toys. Frances Tipton Hunter, creator of the "Little Busy Bodies" who appeared in Women's Home Companion in 1922 and 1923, career spanned from the 1920s to her death in 1957. Besides the "Little Busy Bodies" her work also appeared in periodicals including the Saturday Evening Post, The Delineator, Collier's, and Ladies Home Journal.

Not just seen from the perspective of artwork or playthings the serious scholar will be able to focus on a variety of topics related to the dolls. Researchers interested in fashion, popular culture, and images of women, children, or celebrities will find this collection of great value. The collection has a large representation of movie and television stars from the 1930s through the 1950s. In addition, American notions of ideal family sizes, settings, relationships, teenage life, and leisure activities are represented in the collection. Dates of the paper dolls are most often time of publication rather than era they represent.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in 14 series.

Series 1, Advertisements, circa 1800-1980, undated

Series 2, Animals, circa 1950-1995, undated

Series 3, Celebrities, circa 1930-1995, undated

Subseries 3.1, Film, circa 1930-1995, undated

Subseries 3.2, Music, circa 1950-1995, undated

Subseries 3.3, Pop Culture, circa 1950-1995, undated

Subseries 3.4, Royalty, circa 1950-1995, undated

Subseries 3.5, Stage and Theater, circa 1930-1950, undated

Subseries 3.6, Television, circa 1950-1995, undated

Series 4, Literature, circa 1920-1995, undated

Series 5, Mass Media, circa 1935-1995, undated

Subseries 5.1, Cartoons, circa 1960-1995, undated

Subseries 5.2, Comic Books, circa 1940-1995, undated

Subseries 5.3, Motion Picture Film, circa 1935-1995, undated

Subseries 5.4, Newspapers, circa 1934-1951, undated

Subseries 5.5, Radio, circa 1940-1955, undated

Subseries 5.6, Television, circa 1950-1995, undated

Series 6, Toys, circa 1890-1990, undated

Subseries 6.1, Paper Dolls, circa 1890-1980, undated

Subseries 6.2, Three Dimensional Dolls as Paper Toys, circa 1910-1990, undated

Series 7, Family, circa 1880-1990, undated

Subseries 7.1, Children, circa 1880-1980, undated

Subseries 7.2, Infants, circa 1920-1970, undated

Subseries 7.3, Family, circa 1930-1950, undated

Subseries 7.4, Teenagers, circa 1910-1990, undated

Series 8, Clothing and Fashion, circa 1890-1995, undated

Subseries 8.1, Bridal, circa 1900-1990, undated

Subseries 8.2, Clothing of the World, circa 1900-1995, undated

Subseries 8.3, Designers, circa 1950-1980, undated

Subseries 8.4, Eras and Historic, circa 1890-1995, undated

Subseries 8.5, Military, circa 1940-1950, undated

Series 9, Historical Figures and Events, circa 1950-1998, undated

Subseries 9.1, African American, circa 1990-1995, undated

Subseries 9.2, Military, circa 1970-1990, undated

Subseries 9.3, Religion, circa 1984-1998, undated

Subseries 9.4, United States Presidents, circa 1970-1995, undated

Subseries 9.5, United States History, circa 1950-1990, undated

Subseries 9.6, Women, circa 1910-1995, undated

Subseries 9.7, World Leaders, circa 1980-1990, undated

Series 10, Holidays and Celebrations, circa 1930-1990, undated

Series 11, Occupations, circa 1900-1995, undated

Series 12, Periodicals, circa 1890-1995

Subseries 12.1, Characters, circa 1900-1995

Subseries 12.2, Periodicals, circa 1890-1995

Series 13, Miscellaneous Materials, circa 1890-1995, undated

Series 14, Publications, 1978-1993

Subseries 14.1, Articles, circa 1980-1990

Subseries 14.2, Books, 1978-1993
Biographical / Historical:
Donald Eugene Grepke (September 18, 1932- April 15, 2005) and Carolyn Joan Moyer Grepke (December 10, 1937- December 19, 1995) began collecting paper dolls in the 1970s in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Donald was born and raised in Fort Wayne where he attended Elmhurst High School, worked at a grocery store filling station, and graduated in 1951. In 1955, he began working at Zollner Corporation, manufacturers of pistons for cars and trucks, and retired on disability in 1989.

Carolyn Joan Moyer was born in Pennville, Indiana. Carolyn's family moved to Fort Wayne when she was four years old and after a few years they moved to Churubusco, Indiana. They returned to Fort Wayne where Carolyn attended North Side High School and graduated in 1956. Carolyn began working at Lincoln National Life Insurance Company after high school and continued to work there until she passed away.

Donald Grepke and Carolyn Moyer married at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana on March 2, 1957. One child, Randell Lee Grepke, was born to the union on May 5, 1958.

One of Carolyn's favorite toys as a child was paper dolls. One day while reading a publication about antiques, Donald saw an advertisement for an auction which included paper dolls in excellent condition. This began their paper doll collection. Over the next - 20-25 years, while on vacations and weekend drives, they would stop at antique shops, flea markets, and auctions in search of paper dolls. When Carolyn worked on weekends, Don would venture out by himself or with a male friend in search of paper dolls. Their collection grew to over 4,000 paper dolls.

After Carolyn passed in 1995, Don lost interest in collecting paper dolls. He pondered for about three years on what to do with the collection. He decided to donate the collection to the Smithsonian Institution in memory of his wife, where the materials would be available to the public for research and exhibition purposes.
Related Materials:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

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Elinor S. Miller Paper Doll Collection (NMAH.AC1110)

Ming-Ju Sun Garfinckel's Fashion Drawings (NMAH.AC0897)

Miss America 1951 Papers (NMAH.AC0888)

Beatrice Litzinger Postcard Collection (NMAH.AC0530)

Jane and Michael Stern Collection (NMAH.AC1392)

Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 9: Domestic and Community Life (NMAH.AC0300)

Brownie Wise Papers (NMAH.AC509)

Edward J. Orth Memorial Archives of the World's Fair (NMAH.AC0560)

Division of Cultural and Community Life, National Museum of American History

Division holds a collection of paper dolls.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, by Donald Grepke in memory of his wife Carolyn Grepke in December 2000.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
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.
Topic:
Paper dolls  Search this
Dolls  Search this
Citation:
The Carolyn and Donald Grepke Paper Doll Collection, 1800s-1998, undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0752
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The Carolyn and Donald Grepke Paper Doll Collection
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0752
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