Welcome to the website for the Hatch Collection of Black Cloth Dolls.

Black cloth dolls started appearing in flea markets and antique shops in the 1960s. At the time they represented an anomaly in our cultural awareness as a nation, since black dolls of any kind were very much the exception rather than the rule. The black cloth dolls in the Hatch collection reflect a by gone period of American craftsmanship, which included the sewing skills of women, and particularly those of African American women.

Pat Hatch started collecting black cloth dolls thirty-five years ago, and now has well over a hundred dolls. Most of the dolls were made between 1870 and 1920. They are extraordinary, all handmade and one-of-a-kind, with an expressiveness that takes one by surprise, never stylized in any way.

This site seeks to correct this anomaly with photos and details about the dolls, in addition to news and information about past and upcoming exhibits. We also have catalogues, cards, and posters available in our store.