With Love from Tin Lizzie
When Dr. Ellen Tsagaris was a toddler in her native Greece, her mother presented her with a rubber yellow bunny doll that squeaked. “I liked it very much,” she recalled.
Today, some ... years later, Ellen . . . is not only the chair of multiple academic departments for KU. . . , but also one of the nation’s foremost collectors of and authorities on antique dolls.
“When I was young, I loved portrait painting and I was interested in photography, costumes, and textiles, too. I found that doll collecting encompassed all those interests. I’ve always loved having dolls, collecting dolls and reading about dolls,” she said.
Her interest in dolls has dovetailed seamlessly with her academic interests. she has researched and written about dolls in literature and about Anne Rice, who was an avid doll collector.
Ellen's next frontier: When she retires, she hopes to establish a nonprofit doll museum similar to the one Rice established at the former St.. Elizabeth's orphanage in New Orleans. The museum will tell the story of human history though dolls, doll houses, and related objects.