National Quilt Registry - 1975

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A U.S. National Quilt Registry project was begun in 1975 by Judy Martin.
Contact: Michigan State University Museum Great Lakes Quilt Center

Documentation Dates: 1970s, roughly coinciding with the National Bicentennial
Parameters: national quilt search conducted through the mail

Total Quilts: 66

Total Documentation Days (Number of documentation days held): The National Quilt Registry did not involve any documentation dates or events. Judy Martin started this project in the mid-1970s when she lived in Oregon. She mailed registration forms for quiltmakers to fill out to document their quilts, and they mailed back the completed forms. It was funded strictly by the small registration fee ($1 for one quilt or $25 for all of your quilts). It was promoted with classified ads in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.

Database: Is the documentation project a part of the Quilt Index or are records digitized in some database? Please describe. This project predated widespread use of the internet or home computers, so there are currently only paper records. All of the forms are currently housed at the Michigan State University Museum's Great Lakes Quilt Center. One of the 66 quilts documented in this project has been ingested into the Quilt Index via the Michigan Quilt Project: Ellen Raymond's quilt "Bicentennial Flag" (1976). You can view the quilt at


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