University Museums

Title: Louisa M. Alcott's "Little Women" Beth
Name: Doll
Date: 1948-1952
Medium: Head: plastic Body: plastic Limbs: plastic
Country/Culture: American
Dimensions: 14 1/2 × 3 1/4 in. head(36.8 × 8.3 cm)
Marks: Clothing: Louisa M. Alcott//Little Women//Beth by Madame Alexander, N. Y. U.S.A. All rights reserved
Classification: Dolls, Doll Accessories, Toys and Games
Credit Line: Gift of Ann and Henry Brunnier. In the Ann and Henry Brunnier Collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: 8.16.4
More Information
Little Women Collection: Amy, Beth, Jo, and Meg. Hard plastic head, saran wig, plastic sleeping eyes with hair upper lashes and painted lower lashes; open/closed mouth. Five piece body with bent arms, Patsy style neck joint; molded fingers together except thumb and molded feet.
The dolls are based on the characters in Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women. Madame Alexander began producing the set in various materials in 1933. Complete sets of Madame Alexander’s Little Women are rare.