Margaret Woodbury Strong Papers

The Margaret Woodbury Strong papers are from the original estate of Margaret Woodbury Strong, spanning her lifetime from 1897–1969. These materials include family papers, diaries, scrapbooks, correspondence, news clippings, guest books, photographs, bookplates, slides, 16mm films, financial papers, collections reference materials, and more. Strong, who had been a collector her entire life, amassed a vast collection of dolls, dollhouses, toys, and other playthings, with which she hoped to establish a museum. In 1968, she obtained a provisional charter from the New York State Board of Regents for the “Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum of Fascination.” After her death in 1969, her collections and financial resources formed the basis for what is now The Strong museum.

Collection owner: The Strong