The Quilt Index is a groundbreaking digital collection and a model for online access to material-specific collections. The Quilt Index is a partnership of The Alliance for American Quilts, MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Online and Michigan State University Museum. The Quilt Index contains digital images and history on more than 50,000 quilts (and counting!). Contributors from 25 museums, libraries, universities and state documentation projects are already participating in this unmatched virtual collection. The Quilt Index is one of the largest test beds for digital humanities and cultural heritage resources on-line. Online access allows these items to be viewed and studied without harming the often-fragile originals.
Stored and served in MATRIX’s next generation Kora repository, the database integrates objects contributed from many institutions (actual digitized objects as images or text, not just bibliographic records). Contributors to the Quilt Index come from across the country; and additional potential partners are located in every state in the US and internationally.