Ten historical American Girl dolls and their corresponding characters were archived, or retired, as of 2014. They include Felicity and her best friend, Elizabeth; Marie-Grace and her best friend, Cecile; and Kirsten. Other dolls archived were Nellie; Molly and her friend, Emily; Ruthie; and Ivy.
The first historical character doll to be archived was Nellie in 2009. Nellie is the best friend of Samantha, who was not yet archived as of 2014, and their story takes place in 1904. Thirteen Girl of the Year dolls have also also been archived.
Each American Girl doll is associated with a time period in American history. Girl of the Year dolls, available since 2001, are designed to reflect an American girl living in the year in which they are released. Girl of the Year dolls are archived the following year, when a new Girl of the Year doll debuts. Historical character dolls come with stories placing them in a specific year.
Since 1986, the American Girl Company has sold over 27 million dolls and publishes a magazine with a circulation of more than 400,000 (as of 2015). American Girl sells its dolls and other products, including doll clothes and furniture, books and girls' clothing through its catalogs, retail stores and website.