Is Kirsten Being Archived Next

UPDATED! It’s official – Kirsten IS being archived!! If you visit the Kirsten page on the American Girl website you see her archive announcement:

American Girl Doll Kirsten Being Archived

While I have not been able to substantiate this rumor completely, supposedly some people have already received letters from American Girl stating that Kirsten will be archived soon. Funny, this is about the time we found out last year that Samantha was being archived.

Now I have my own theory. I think American Girl is archiving some of the original historical characters now so that come time for the 25th anniversary of American Girl, they can re-release special 25th Anniversary editions of the dolls.

I’m sure we will get more details over the next few weeks. If you had started Kirsten’s collection, you may want to work on finishing it up now or look to get the missing items from your Kirsten collection on eBay later.

If you have received a letter from American Girl or have seen real evidence that American Girl is retiring Kirsten – at least for now – please send it in! You know the email:

Here is the letter that was sent out:

“Dear Kirsten fan,

We’re writing with important news about one of the original American Girl Dolls- Kirsten Larson® . We wanted you, one of her biggest fans, to be among the first to know that soon, Kirsten’s complete collection will be moving into the American Girl Archives. Like you, countless American Girl fans have found a friend in this brave pioneer girl since her introduction in 1986. Bringing Kirsten’s world to life- from starting at a new school in a strange land to celebrating her family’s time-honored traditions on St. Lucia’s Day- has been a journey we’ve enjoyed sharing with you.

As we bid Kirsten® a fond farewell, we do so knowing her departure will make it possible to introduce new characters and time periods for our customers to enjoy.

Watch for more information in our catalogues and at In the meantime, don’t miss the opportunity to purchase items from Kirsten’s collection before it’s too late. Thank you again for your continued support.


American Girl

PS: Though Kirsten will soon be moving into the American Girl Archives, her stories will live on! You’ll continue to find Kirsten books at, at American Girl stores, and at booksellers nationwide.”

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  1. Ana says:

    AG’s new homepage is cool! Thank you for pointing that out, Keanna, because I forgot to take this week’s AG poll.

  2. brighteyes64 says:

    i hope they do that 25th anniversary thing.that’d be really cool.

  3. Keanna says:

    Does Julie’s hair really fall out? And do you guys suggest taking her braid out?

  4. Bubbles says:

    Keanna, just brush Julie’s hair over a towel a billion times and it shouldn’t fall out too much anymore. You might not want to take her braid out, but if you do dip the brush in water and brush where her braid used to go. After that for a few nights put some hardcover books on her braid. Hope I could help!

  5. Ana says:

    Do you girls have Chrissa?

  6. Ana says:

    I have the Chrissa movie.

  7. Holly says:

    I have Chrissa. I got her as an Easter/ Get Well present two days after I had my first knee operation.

  8. Brittany says:

    I have Chrissa! [: I love her! As far as dolls go I have:
    Lindsey, Kaya, Kailey, Samantha & Nellie, Kirsten, Molly & Emily, Chrissa and 2 AGOTs, the newer ones. (:

  9. Brittany says:

    Oops, as well as Mia, and soon to be Rebecca…I’m getting her for my half birthday. [=

  10. Ava says:

    You get presents on your half birthday? I envy you!

  11. Bubbles says:

    Half Birthday Presents? Sweet! I don’t have Chrissa, but I was going to get her last summer.

  12. Brittany says:

    Usually my dad gives them every other year, and this year is the year! lol! Thats cool Bubbles, I really like her…(:

  13. Ana says:

    Well, on my half birthday, I get a cake.

  14. Brittany says:

    Cake’s good. I don’t get it – I get presents on my half birthday, but no cake. :\ Seems like a jip to me (:

  15. Anne says:

    Christmas is my half birthday and I don’t get cake or presents for it. :(

    Holly, good luck with your surgery! November 23 is the six year anniversary we got our parakeet, by the way! Just had to include that…

  16. Ana says:

    Good luck with your surgery Holly! Tell us how it went!

  17. Ana says:

    Well, take this week’s AG poll. I thought it was a good question!

  18. Gracie says:

    Good luck Holly! I have Chrissa.

  19. Gracie says:

    Today I’m gonna order a new doll!

  20. Gracie says:

    I don’t do anything for my half birthday, but I wish it were my birthday in August.

  21. Ilana says:

    Well, if they r going to retire Kirsten, I had some really good ideas fot the next doll. I thought they could make a cave girl, or a french girl.

  22. Ilana says:

    i 4got 2 say good luck holly!

  23. Jessica says:

    All I can say is, it’s complete and total outrage. Kirsten’s stories are completely amazing and really highlight an important time in American history.
    That is a good theory, though, Char. I’m curious to see what the 25th anniversary editions would be like!

  24. Ana says:

    Hi! I have the winter AG catalog! It says Kirsten is archiving! That is sad! But, on the bright side, a new Girl Of The Year is coming. You should also order Chrissa before New Year’s! On New Year’s day, she will also be archived!

  25. Ana says:

    Holly, do you still trick-or-treat?

  26. Sara says:

    My youth leader had skin cancer so she had 2 have surgery. She felt sick afterwards. Sry if that doesn’t make u feel better. It was a few years ago.

  27. Ana says:

    Sara, what are you being for Halloween?

  28. Sara says:

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I think wat I wore 2 my Civil War Day @ skool. Either that or Bella Swan.

  29. Bubbles says:

    hmmm… my birthday’s always cold (below 70)

  30. Bubbles says:

    wait no… my half b-day

  31. Holly says:

    Ana- yes I do. I love going trick-or-treating!!

  32. Anne says:

    I am 15 and I love trick-or-treating, too!

  33. Sara says:

    clikkee namee! really funny!

  34. Holly says:

    My name is a link to my site. Please join! I try to update it everynow and then, and comments and suggestions are highly appreciated! 8)

  35. Ana says:

    I have a math test tomorrow!

  36. Ana says:

    Today I had two tests: A social studies test and an English test.

  37. Ana says:

    Holly, what are you being for Halloween?

  38. Holly says:

    A female bucanneer.

  39. Sara says:

    Ick. I have a science test Thursday!

  40. Taylor says:

    Bubbles, I’m a fast typer so it didn’t take that long lol

  41. Taylor says:

    Oh, and I know there is a difference between retire and archieve, retire is just easier to type than archieve. Soooo yeah lol

  42. Ana says:

    Molly might be archieved. I should get Emily before she and Molly archieve!

  43. Rachel says:

    I wish they didnt retire dolls. This is just so sad. I wonder if they are going to retire Molly next. Good-bye Kirsten.

  44. AG&FAN says:

    It is sad that Kirsten will be archived,but I predict Molly archiving soon next year,
    too. And I agree with Mattel,because if they don’t archive anyone and still made
    Rebecca,their hands would be full and busy. But I hope they have a new character by the time they archive Molly and they’ll return everything-maybe
    even some of popular retired stuff and dolls,like Samantha’s Christmas
    outfit for a year or a month they become a 25 yrs old. company.