Delaware Technical Community College offers two other exhibits for you to enjoy along with Treasures of the Sea!  Take some time to visit our grounds and wander through our Library filled with dolls from all over the world and all through time!
Elsie Williams Doll Collection
 

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Elsie Williams Doll Collection


Delaware Technical Community College is privileged to have been the benefactor of doll collections from several remarkable women.

Elsie Steele Williams, wife of the late U.S. Senator John Williams of Millsboro, Delaware, bequeathed her doll collection to the college in February 1990. Mrs. Williams' doll collection is a poignant reminder of her life - who she was, where she traveled and her varied experiences.

Of her diverse collection she once said, "Many of the dolls in my collection from foreign countries are fast becoming a thing of the past as more and more people adopt the dress of the Western world."

This collection of dolls offers us a unique insight into the customs and traditions of a world outside our own. While there is much variance in the monetary and cultural value of each of Mrs. Williams' dolls, all have the immeasurable value of history.

Anna Teel of Seaford, Delaware brought part of her extensive collection to the Owens Campus in the Spring of 1992. While the variety of Mrs. Teel's collection is great, the sentimental value is even greater as each doll was a gift from her husband Captain Richard Teel.

From the streets of Berlin, Germany to the fields of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, all of Mrs. Teel's dolls have a unique persona representative of the place of origin. Each has a specific time period or is typical of the world it represents. Many of the dolls were handmade and individually fashioned and, thus, now are irreplaceable.

The most recent additions to the collection were received from Kathryn Megyri, a high school English teacher from suburban Maryland. This selection of teacher dolls came from the collection started by her mother in 1962 upon Ms. Megyri's decision to enter that profession. Each of the dolls is intended to represent the backbone of the American education system, the teachers.

Since 1990 the Stephen J.. Betze Library on the Owens Campus of Delaware Technical Community College has been home to the Elsie Williams Doll Collection. Currently the collection of over 600 dolls is housed in more than one dozen glass cases and is continuing to grow. The estimated value of the collection is nearly $100,000.

The Owens Campus of Delaware Tech is honored to be the only college campus in the United States to feature an exhibit of international and domestic dolls.

The collection features dolls of all sizes and shapes - some in traditional native costume and others in special occasion garments. Many of the dolls are dressed in costumes crafted from the elaborate hand woven laces of Europe or pure silk of the Orient. The attention to detail often is exceptional - from hand painted features to delicate miniature jewelry with semi-precious stones.

The Elsie Williams Doll Collection is located in the Stephen J. Betze Library on the Owens Campus of Delaware Technical Community College, 21179 College Drive, Georgetown, Delaware. The exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours. Admission is free. For more information, please call (302) 856-9033.



 

 

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