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Welcome to the Quilt Index Wiki page on quilt collections. If you have information about quilt collections in the United States or internationally, please consider adding your information to the Wiki. To contribute to this resource, please create an account on this Wiki. Once a QI staff person approves your account, you will be able login and edit the page.

Quilt Collections in the United States: alphabetical and Quilt Collections in the United States: by state

U.S. museums, libraries and archives, and state and regional historical societies listed here have collections of quilts and/or of books, papers or ephemera relating to quilts and quilt history.

PLEASE NOTE: NOT ALL COLLECTIONS LISTED ARE QUILT INDEX CONTRIBUTORS. INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE QUILT INDEX ARE NOTED.

For information on becoming a Quilt Index contributor, go to http://www.quiltindex.org/contributors.php

Many of the museums listed here were originally listed in one or both of two groundbreaking guides to quilt collections. These are:

  • Oshins, Lisa Turner. Quilt Collections: A Directory for the United States and Canada. Washington, DC: Acropolis Books, 1987.
  • Zegart, Shelly. American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces. Tokyo: Nihon Vogue, 1996.

If you know of a museum, library, archive or historical society with a permanent quilt or quilt-related collection that is not listed, please add it.

Canadian Quilt Collections

Canadian museums and historical societies holding quilts and quilt-related ephemera are listed here. The list is by no means complete--if you know of a Canadian quilt collection, please add it to this wiki!

United Kingdom Quilt Collections

British museums and historical societies holding quilts and quilt-related ephemera are listed here. The list is by no means complete--if you know of a British quilt collection, please add it to this wiki!

International Quilt Collections

Museums, libraries, archives, and historical societies outside the United States are listed here; all have collections of quilts and/or of books, papers or ephemera relating to quilts and quilt history. Institutions that have contributed to the Quilt Index are noted. If you know of a museum, library, archive or historical society with a permanent quilt or quilt-related collection that is not listed, please add it.

QI International and QI South Africa

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QI International is our Wiki portal for easy access to information on quilt collections and documentation projects outside the United States.

QI South Africa is our extended portal for South African quilt collections and documentation efforts.

Michigan Quilt Collections

Is there such a thing as a distinctively Michigan quilt?

The institutions listed in the Michigan Quilt Collections section are museums, historical societies, and libraries in Michigan with quilts or quilt-related ephemera in their collections. This listing represents a statewide project to inventory all of the quilts in public collections in Michigan in an effort to better understand the regional characteristics of the quilts produced in that state. Eventually, researchers working on the Deep Michigan Quilt Project hope to answer the question: Is there such a thing as a distinctively Michigan quilt?

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Quilt Barn Trails

Quilt Barn Trails began in Southeast Ohio and spread throughout Appalachia in the twentieth century to promote tourism and to celebrate community heritage. The "quilts" are flat blocks of wood painted to look like quilts and affixed prominently to the side of a barn. Quilt Barn Trails are now popping up throughout the United States thanks to the efforts of community groups, scholars, and local and regional government and agencies. The Quilt Barn Trails, when linked with other local and regional quilt resources (museum collections, galleries, studios, and fabric and equipment sources), are fostering greater awareness of the continued interest in quiltmaking and quilt history studies.

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