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Accession Number: 2004.16.1

Physical Description: Chain of three paper dolls. The hands of the dolls are linked by hearts made from red construction paper. The doll at the left is a girl with short brown hair and glasses. She wears a purple shirt, blue pants, and black boots. Her facial features, hair, and clothes are drawn on and colored in with magic marker. A heart made from white paper with "I [heart] NY" written on it is attached to the shirt with glue. She wears a necklace and small red earrings that were drawn on with marker. The center doll is a boy. He wears a red and white shirt and blue pants, both made of felt. A USA sticker is attached to the shirt. The face is drawn in marker and the hair is made of jute string. The doll at the right is a girl who wears a dress made from a piece of red and white floral fabric. Her magic marker black hair is cut out to resemble two ponytails. A plastic purple rhinestone is glued to her left foot. The backs of the dolls are plain, heavy, off-white paper.

History of Object: After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students at Topeka Collegiate made these paper dolls and sent them to students at Viola L. Sickles School in Fair Haven, NJ. Two fathers of Sickles students and two other community members were killed in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. The Topeka Collegiate care package contained around 300 paper dolls, poems, photos, and letters. Students at Sickles sent similar dolls to P.S. 94 in Queens, NY, and P.S. 94 sent more paper dolls to a school closer to Ground Zero.

Date: 2001

Dimensions (in cm): 85.50 (H) 29.00 (W)

Marks/Inscriptions: (left figure) I [heart] / NY / Brooke // (center figure) USA // (right figure's dress) Anika // (right figure's left foot) I am / sorry / that you / family dide //

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Theme/topic: Terrorism
    Business / Organization: Topeka Collegiate School
    Event: September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
    Theme/topic: Mourning customs
    Origin, Place of: Topeka (Kan.)
    Business / Organization: Viola L. Sickles School
    Use, Place of: Fair Haven (N.J.)
    Use, Place of: New York (N.Y.)

Status: Cataloged

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