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Margaret Bright Doll Collection

Click here for images and descriptions of all 116 years of dolls

Since 1936, the Meredith senior class has presented the Meredith College Alumnae Association with a doll on Class Day. Alumnae from classes before 1936 prepared dolls to complete the chronology. Early dolls were dressed in the styles of Class Day dresses, while more recent dolls wear the day-to-day fashions of their classes.

see larger image of early class dolls

Beginning in 1937, the class dolls were displayed in Johnson Hall during commencement weekend. Margaret Bright, '07, was their first caretaker, returning every year until her death in 1969 to prepare the dolls for display. Dorothy Loftin Goodwin, '47, then carried on Miss Bright's work with the dolls. In 1972, the College dedicated the Margaret Bright Gallery of Class Dolls, located on the third floor of Johnson Hall's Bryan Rotunda. Dolls for each year from 1902 to the present are permanently displayed in walnut and glass cases. 


In 1991, to commemorate the centennial of the College's charter, a doll in the style of 1891 was prepared to stand beside the 1991 class doll.

Jo Ann Williford, '75, observed, "Each class adds its own unique chapter to this visual history of Meredith College."

-- page content by Martha Fonville.


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