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Jaques, Helen Woodbury, 1894-1976
Helen W. Jaques (1894-1976)
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
This collection contains
correspondence and photographs pertaining to Helen Jaques' doll collection and
interest in doll collecting.
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
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.
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.
Dolls--Collectors and collecting
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
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
Helen W. Jaques (1894-1976) Papers, MSS 241, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum,
This material was donated to the library on January 17, 1978 by the estate of Helen
Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, June 2013.
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.