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Doll Doctor's Association

Dedicated to the sharing of knowledge, techniques and philosophies associated with the restoration and preservation of antique and modern dolls.

Welcome to the Doll Doctors Association

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Welcome to the Doll Doctors Association

The DDA is a club created for doll repair specialists, doll enthusiasts and collectors who are eager to share and learn about doll repair, restoration and conservation. We are not an educational institution, nor do we monitor individual ability. We do inspire each other with hope of preserving the art of doll restoration as well as the dolls themselves.

  • Among these pages you will find information on where to find a doll doctor with our Hospital Locator.
  • There are also Links to doll repair, collecting, events and supply websites. 
  • You will also find information about Membership both nationally and locally.

About the Doll Rx Newsletter

    If you have a passion for restoring dolls you will quickly see that as a member of the DDA you will be delighted with the informative articles featured in the Doll Rx. 

The Doll Rx is a Newsletter published three times a year and is available here.

    Among other things, it contains step-by-step instructions and photographs concerning various aspects of doll restoration, which are submitted by knowledgeable and skilled members of the association. As a member you may also submit pictures, articles, and information.

    It is the only specialized publication of its type.

    The Association encourages a spirit of creativity and innovation and a desire for progress among all of its members.

    The DDA acknowledges that growth and difference in skill level are related to individual artistic ability and personal philosophy. 

    Our existence is premised on the desire of our members to share their specialized knowledge and opinions for the benefit of all DDA members.


In Memory of Dwaine Gipe, Cofounder of Doll Doctors Association


April 28, 1936 - January 21, 2023

Dwaine has continued to be a member, a mentor and friend to members and nonmembers for many years and will be sorely missed.


UFDC Doll Adopted by DDA in Memory of JoAnne Mathias

In memory of JoAnn Mathias, Doll Doctors Association adopted this doll from UFDC.
Her photo came with this message from UFDC: 
I would like to introduce myself to you. I am a Papier-mâchédoll with a leather body from the 1860s. I have painted hair and my leather arms are showing my age.
Your support will help make sure that all the dolls in the UFDC collection have proper homes and are well taken care of for many years to come. I hope that you will be able to visit me again when you are in Kansas City.
For now I bid you a fond goodbye but I look forward to meeting you soon!
Best Regards,

Your Adopted Doll

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