Historical Characters

Adventures from the past that help shape bright futures
Every story has a star
About the brand: 

From American Girl's Corporate About Page:

Through the joy of play and the wonder of a great book, we help girls discover their sense of self. Our timeless stories and memorable characters instill important values like honesty, courage, kindness, and compassion.

These values help form who girls become. Together with parents, we’re encouraging a new generation to write their own history and create a world we all want to live in.

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Inspiring girls through imaginative play

Throughout our history, we’ve brought to life stories that enrich girls everywhere with characters who reflect issues and challenges girls face every day:


Introduced in 1986, American Girl’s flagship line of historical characters features 18-inch dolls, books, and accessories that give girls ages 8 and up a dramatic understanding of the role women and girls played in shaping our country.

From American Girl's Historical Characters' Discover Page:

Every American Girl historical character brings to life an important era through her adventures. From finding freedom to overcoming loss, from stopping prejudice to starting over, there’s a story that can help lead girls today toward a brighter tomorrow.

Extensive Research:

Only after years of development do we share our characters and their stories. Advisory boards, location visits, and even our own in-house historian help shape who each character becomes.

Award-Winning Authors:

Once we've blended culture, setting, and era into a fully realized character, we enlist writers who’ve been honored with some of the highest accolades in children’s literature to tell our stories.

Exacting Details:

To ensure every aspect of our characters' product worlds is accurate, our design teams comb through historical references—like newspapers and catalogues—and model items on original pieces when possible.


(BeForever branding was phased out in 2019, returning to Historical Characters.)

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Play dolls
18 inch vinyl play dolls
AG clothing compatible
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Sleep eyes
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Child dolls
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