American Girl Historical Characters

Introduced in 1986, American Girl’s flagship historical line features the adventures of strong, courageous, and heroic girls who lived during pivotal periods in America’s past. In addition to highlighting the role women and girls played in shaping our country, each beloved character demonstrates that the best qualities of every girl are timeless: compassion and kindness; understanding and tolerance; determination and perseverance; and confidence and courage, to name a few.

Each historical character—from a daring Native American girl living in the Northwest in 1764 to an optimistic girl growing up in San Francisco in the mid-1970s—inspires girls to stand up for what they believe in, to be independent thinkers who aren’t afraid to stand out in the crowd, to find strength in the face of adversity or tragedy, and to embrace life with all of its obstacles and opportunities. Through each engaging story, the characters become role models for young readers, teaching them the enduring power of being true to oneself.

There are currently eleven historical characters in the line:

  • Kaya, an adventurous Nez Perce girl with a deep respect for nature and a dream of being a leader.
  • Felicity, a spirited, independent girl growing up in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1774.
  • Josefina, a quiet New Mexico girl who uses her heart to heal others in 1824.
  • Addy, a courageous girl who escapes slavery and keeps her family strong in 1864.
  • Samantha, a kindhearted girl in 1904 who won’t let “proper” society stop her from helping others.
  • Rebecca, a lively girl who wants to shine bright for others in 1914 New York City.
  • Kit, a clever girl with a can-do attitude who creates better tomorrows in 1934.
  • Nanea, a Hawaiian girl who does her part to help and heal during wartime in 1941.
  • Maryellen, an energetic and optimistic girl who follows her heart instead of the crowd in 1954.
  • Melody, a hopeful and positive girl who lifts her voice for equality and justice in 1964.
  • Julie, an upbeat San Francisco girl who stands up and fights for what’s right in 1974.

To bring the stories to life, skilled designers have created a high-quality, beautifully crafted 18-inch doll for each character, along with historically accurate clothing, furniture, and accessories evoking her world and adventures.

Girls can further explore the historical character world through online games and activities, digital apps, and related events available at American Girl retail stores throughout the year.

For a free American Girl® catalogue featuring the historical character dolls, books, accessories, and inspired-by clothing, 800-845-0005 or visit