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Addy doll and related materials

Identifier: MSS 232 large

Scope and Contents

Addy Walker is an American Girl doll depicting an African-American enslaved girl who escaped to freedom in 1864. At the beginning of the accompanying book, Addy is a nine year old girl living on a plantation in North Carolina. After her brother and father are sold, Addy and her mother escape through the Underground Railroad to Philadelphia. In later books, Addy learns that freedom in the North does not mean equality and fairness. With a historically accurate wooden trunk, bed, and adornments, Addy was designed to help children imagine the life of an African American girl who escaped slavery during the American Civil War.


  • Creation: 1993

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.


8 Linear Feet (5 boxes) : 1 doll :vinyl/fabric, multicolored ;24 cm. high+ 1 book (69 p. ; 23 cm.) and paraphernalia in 4 pasteboard boxes (various sizes) and a wooden chest. ; 24 cm. high+ 1 book (23 cm.)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Addy doll and related materials were purchased by MSU Libraries in 1993.


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Finding Aid for Addy doll and related materials
4 Published And Cataloged
Finding aid by Lydia Tang and Leslie Behm
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA