- The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls (Hobby House Press, 2003)
- Black Dolls: A Comprehensive Guide to Celebrating, Collecting, and Experiencing the Passion (2008); and
- The Doll Blogs: When Dolls Speak, I Listen (2010)
I have been collecting Black dolls since 1991. The first one was an intended gift for my daughter, who was 13 at the time. Having been ordered through a catalogue as a token purchase from a neighbor who was selling crystal products (I did not want any crystal), I claimed the porcelain "collectible" doll as mine after it arrived... and the rest is history. Well, I'll tell you more.
Claiming ownership of that Black porcelain doll was the first step toward filling the void of not ever having owned a Black doll prior. I was in my 30s at the time that porcelain doll was purchased. Oh, subconsciously, I actually began collecting Black dolls through their purchase for my daughter. Bound and determined, I was, not to have a child of mine experience a Black doll-less life. As a result, I flipped the script: My daughter's dolls were all Black, except for a few she received as gifts from others.
Fast forward -- after beginning my adult collection with porcelain dolls, I quickly graduated to vinyl artist dolls... later reverted to play line dolls, and those led to the hunt and chase for dolls made during the 1950s and 1960s. That hunt and chase continues, although I prefer even older dolls made during the first quarter of the 1900s through the 1950s. These dolls fascinate me. Antique and vintage dolls (as do modern dolls) reflect society's perception of the people they represent. Often that representation was not in a positive light with reference to Black dolls.
From time to time, while networking with other modern doll and fashion doll collectors, I often add those to my collection. In all honesty, I am a hopelessly, incurable, almost-unfocused Black-doll enthusiast with a mission to document Black dolls from the past through the present simultaneously as I collect.
Black dolls are my passion, my drug of choice. They renew my spirit and the void has not been filled yet! ◦