Arizona Quilt Project

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Contact: Arizona Quilt Project materials donated to Arizona Historical Society in 1995 and 1997

Documentation Dates: 1986 (completed)

Parameters for documentation: statewide, cut-off date of 1940

Total Quilts: 2,774

Total Documentation Days (Number of documentation days held): 28

Publication information (if any):

  • Frost, Helen Young and Stevenson, Pat Knight. Grand Endeavors, Vintage Arizona Quilts and Their Makers. Northland Publishing, 1992.
  • Hazard, Peggy Jean. Comforts of Home: African-American Quilts in Tucson, Arizona. Thesis in support of the MA degree, University of Arizona, 1993. Adviser: Ellwood C Parry, III. 174 pages.

State Centennial Exhibition, book and DVD: http://www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org/100years100quilts-products/

Database: Arizona Historical Society, Tempe, AZ houses the digital records. They are currently being entered into the Quilt Index by the Arizona Quilt Documentation Project.

Links and citations:

  • Records donated by Carole DeCosmo, representative of the Arizona Quilt Project, in 1995 and 1997.

Citation: Arizona Quilt Project Records, MS 2, Library and Archives, Central Arizona Division, Arizona Historical Society. Accession #'s: 1995.45,1997.320 MS 2 Arizona Quilt Project Records, 24 linear feet, 7 inches

From the collection finding aid (pdf document on AHS website):

"The Arizona Quilt Project was formed in June of 1986 by thirteen women from various parts of Arizona and incorporated as a non-profit Arizona Corporation. The project was formed to document the histories of quilts and quilt makers in Arizona. Over a two year period, twentyseven Quilt Discovery Days were held in twenty-six locations throughout the state. A total of 2,774 quilts were documented.

The Arizona Quilt Project produced an educational program called Quilt-Ed, a video program, and a book. Quilt-Ed was written for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade classes and combined quilt making with lessons in history, art, language, math, writing and vocabulary. The Arizona Quilts: Pieces of Time video program was based on stories of Arizona quilt makers from territorial days to the present that were gathered at the Quilt Discovery Days(housed w/video collection). The book Grand Endeavors: Vintage Arizona Quilts and their Makers brought together 125 photographs of quilts, research information from the quilt maker histories and personal photographs of the quilt makers.

Fundraising for the Arizona Quilt Project came through a quilt raffle, Small Quilt Auctions, and the sale of Quilt-Ed manuals, videos, and conservation materials. Funds were also raised through grants and donations.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE The Arizona Quilt Project Records are housed in 58 boxes and arranged in six series: Quilt Documentation, Quilt Owners and Makers, Business and General Files, Images, Memorabilia, and Oral Histories. These records include documentation of quilt construction and condition, owner information and quilt maker histories, correspondence, meeting minutes, bylaws, newsletters, book research, marketing, educational program. exhibition materials, and publicity. Some items were donated after the initial donation. The accession number for these items is 1997.320. Included in this donation are two(2) booklets published by the Arizona Quilt Project about making a quilt--"A Look to the Past, A Vision of the Future;" a typed nine-page paper titled "Memories of Pomerene," written by Ethelene S. Bailey, some miscellaneous correspondence and papers, and some miscellaneous photographs."

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