Thursday, August 18, 2011

Evelyn Robson Strahlendorf

Collector, researcher on Canadian doll collecting

Born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1931.

Lived in Ottawa from 1971-1999.

Worked in the Cataloguing Department of the National Library of Canada.

Has passionately collected Canadian dolls and researched this topic extensively.

Her book Dolls of Canada: a Reference Guide was published by the University of Toronto Press in 1996. It remains the best and most complete guide to Canadian dolls.

Encouraged the Canadian Museum of Civilization to create a display of Canadian Dolls in 1999; collectors came from all over the world to see the largest display of Canadian Dolls produced to date.

Many of her dolls have been donated to the Bowmanville Museum which maintains the largest privately owned collection of Canadian dolls in the country.

Promoted the art of doll collecting through her own doll production company, Distinctive Dolls of Canada, which produced short run artistic dolls of such historical characters as Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald and Olympic medal winner Elizabeth Manley.

Was an executive member of the Canadian Doll Guild and past editor of Doll Creators: A Canadian Doll Guild Publication.

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