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Helen W. Jaques (1894-1976) Papers

Helen W. Jaques (1894-1976) Papers

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HELEN W. JAQUES (1894-1976) PAPERS, 1941-1948





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Jaques, Helen Woodbury, 1894-1976
Title:Helen W. Jaques (1894-1976) Papers
Dates:1941/1948
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:This collection contains correspondence and photographs pertaining to Helen Jaques' doll collection and interest in doll collecting.
Collection Number:MSS 241

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence and photographs pertaining to Helen Jaques' doll collection and interest in doll collecting. Many of the photographs are annotated as to the dolls' history.


The correspondence spans the years 1941 to 1948 and details Helen Jaques' avocation as a collector of antique dolls, toys, accessories, and paper dolls. There are about 150 letters and many additional notes. Many provide details about the dolls' origins, costumes, and construction. Other letters document the activities of Helen Jaques and her fellow doll collectors. Much of the correspondence is with Alice R. Andrews (Mrs. Earle E.), Hattie E. Johnson (Mrs. Henry E.), or Jennie S. Abbott, all of whom were members of The Doll Collectors of America, Inc. While most of the letters pertain exclusively to doll collecting, one letter of interest in 1944 refers to a spy named Dickinson who infiltrated the group and used the doll hobby as a cover before being arrested by the FBI.


Over 70 photographs depicting dolls in Helen Jaques' collection are also included. Many were likely prepared for publication by The Doll Collectors of America. Several are annotated with respect to the history and costume of the doll portrayed.


Biographical Sketch

Helen Woodbury Downing was born in either 1892 or 1894, the daughter of Charles Q. and Charlotte V. Dowling. She married Rupert Ward Jaques (b. 1886) in 1914 and resided in Marblehead, Massachusetts, for many years until her death in 1976.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Doll clothes
Dolls
Dolls--Collectors and collecting
Marblehead (Mass.)
Photographs

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Helen W. Jaques (1894-1976) Papers, MSS 241, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated to the library on January 17, 1978 by the estate of Helen Jaques.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, June 2013.


Related Material

Richard W. Withington, Inc. Auction catalog: The nationally known collection of dolls, toys, accessories, and paper dolls of the late Mrs. Helen W. Jaques of Marblehead, Mass., September 29 & 30, 1977 and November 17-19, 1977.


Richard W. Withington, Inc. Auction catalog: Important doll auction: The nationally known collection of dolls, paper dolls, and accessories of the late Mrs. Helen W. Jaques of Marblehead, Mass., September 29 & 30, 1977.


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