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Toy Museum of Atlanta collection

Collection number: ahc.MSS801f

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials from the 1986 and 1987 auctions of the Toy Museum of Atlanta's contents, including two auction catalogues, three editions of Antique Toy World magazine, and an auction staff pin. Materials also include newspaper clippings about the museum, promotional materials, stationery, and a catalogue order; as well as three stickers from protests against the construction of Presidential Parkway (the Great Park Freeway, later known as Freedom Parkway), and an unrelated newspaper clipping.


  • 1986-1987, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

The Toy Museum of Atlanta opened in 1978 in a two-story Victorian mansion at 2800 Peachtree Road. The owners of the museum, Joe Daole (1917-?) and Patsy Powers (1935-1997), were partners in the antique and restaurant businesses, co-owning an antique shop and the restaurant, the Joe Daole Cajun House. Their third project, the Toy Museum of Atlanta, began with their personal dollhouse collections and with toys they purchased to decorate their restaurant, and developed into a collection featuring over 100,000 toys organized in thematic rooms. The museum featured toys from 1850 to the 1930s, as well as a Star Wars collection. The museum remained open until their lease from Saint Philips Episcopal Cathedral ended in 1985. Daole and Powers initially scheduled a reopening of the museum in 1986 in Orlando, Florida, but were forced to close the museum when investments fell through. Barrett Bertoia Auctions & Appraisals helped Daole and Powers auction off the museum contents in a two-part auction in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1986 and 1987.


3 folder(s)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1998

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018.

Toy Museum of Atlanta collection
Meredith Jones
June 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305