Quilt Collections in the United States: alphabetical

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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. 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.

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 [1].

Suggestions for Using this Wiki

Clicking on the name of a museum takes you to the page about that museum's quilt collections.

If the name of the museum appears in purple, this means that someone has created a page for that institution. Follow the link, and feel free to edit and add to the page. If the name of the museum appears in red, a page for the museum has not yet been created. Please help the Quilt Index by clicking the red link and adding information (the new page will be created automatically when you click the 'save' button.)

  • PLEASE do not alter the names of any titles appearing in purple without consulting the Quilt Index staff--doing this breaks links and makes it impossible to navigate to the page!!!

To add information about a collection, please click on the NAME of the museum/archive/library you wish to edit, NOT the edit link on the righthand side of the page. The following kinds of information are especially useful for the Wiki's museum quilt collections pages:

  • Information about named quilt and textile collections owned by an institution
  • Highlights from an institution's quilt collection
  • The particular stregnths of an institution's quilt collection (geographic, stylistic, etc)
  • Areas in which the institution is actively seeking to expand its quilt collection (specific artists, traditions, regions)
  • Names, dates, and short descriptions of quilt exhibitions and symposia hosted by an institution
  • Descriptions of papers and/or ephemera relating to quilts owned by an institution
  • Information about quilt guilds, clubs or groups sponsored by an institution
  • Related publications
  • Links to any quilt-related projects the institution has done online
  • Information about uses of the quilt collection for educational outreach

ONLY click the edit link on the righthand side of the page if you adding a website url or a location for your institution. Please remember to type an asterisk before the url/location.

A

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

Ackland Museum

Adirondack Museum

Allentown Art Museum

American Folk Art Museum

American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

American Quilt Study Group Library and Archives

American Textile History Museum

Appalachian Collection, Morehead State University

Arizona Historical Society

Art Institute of Chicago

Atlanta History Center

Aurora County Museum

B

Baltimore Museum of Art

The Bayou Bend Collection

Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation

Benton County Museum

Bernice P. Bishop Museum

Birmingham Museum of Fine Art

Bowers Museum

Brigham City Museum

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Burlington County Historical Society

C

Center for Southern Folklore

The Children's Museum

Colonial Williamsburg

Columbus Museum of Art

Connecticut Historical Society

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

Cornell University Textile Collection

D

Dallas Museum of Art

Daughters of the American Revolution Museum

De Young Museum

Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village

Denver Art Museum

E

Early American Museum

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

F

Fenimore Art Museum

Fort Wayne Museum of Arts

G

Goschenhoppen Folklife Museum and Library

The Grace Museum

Gregg Museum of Art and Design

H

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Heritage Center Museum

Historic Deerfield

Historical Society of Kent County

Honolulu Academy of Arts

I

Idaho State Historical Library

Illinois State Museum

Indiana State Museum

  • http://www.in.gov/ism
  • Located in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Large collection of Indiana Amish quilts
  • Collection of Indiana related quilts

Indianapolis Museum of Art

International Quilt Study Center and Museum

J

Jackson County Historical Society

  • Located in Independence, MO
  • www.jchs.org

Juliet Gordon Low National Girl Scout Center

K

Kalona Quilt and Textile Center

Kansas Historical Society

To view quilts in the Kansas Memory website, simply enter 'quilt' in the search box.

Kenosha Public Museum

Kent State University Museum

Kentucky Museum

L

LaConner Quilt Museum

Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum

Latimer Quilt and Textile Center

Latter Days Saints Museum of Church History and Art

Lopez Island Historical Society and Museum

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Louisiana State Museum

M

Maine Memory Network

Maine State Museum

Maryland Historical Society

Mathers Museum of World Cultures

McKissick Museum

Memorial Hall Museum

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Michigan Quilt Collections

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 hope to answer the question: Is there such a thing as a distinctively Michigan quilt?

Michigan State University Museum

  • http://museum.msu.edu/s-program/mtap/Collections/quilts.html
  • Quilt Index project partner and contributing institution
  • Houses the Michigan Quilt Project Collection (records of ongoing statewide documentation project) and over 600 quilts, including the Michigan African American Quiltmaking Collection, Cuesta Benberry Collection of African and African American Quilts and Ephemera, Kitty Clark Cole Quilt Collection, Deborah Harding Redwork Ephemera and Quilt Collection, and an extensive collection of Native American quilts and records from the To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions Project
  • Hosts virtual exhibition Mary Schafer and Her Legacy http://www.museum.msu.edu/glqc/exhibits_Schafer.html

Minnesota Historical Society

The Mint Museums

Mission Houses Museum

Mississippi Cultural Crossroads

Monroe County History Center

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Mount Vernon Ladies Association

Mountain Heritage Center

Muddy Creek Farm Library and Museum

Museum of the American Quilter's Society

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum of Florida History

Museum of International Folk Art

Museum of Our National Heritage

N

National Museum of American History

National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of Mexican Art

National Quilt Museum

National September 11 Memorial and Museum

Nebraska State Historical Society

The Newark Museum

New England Quilt Museum

North Carolina Museum of History

O

Oakland Museum of California

Ohio Historical Society

Oklahoma History Center

Old State House Museum

Old Sturbridge Village

P

Packwood House Museum

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

The People's Place Quilt Museum

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Q

Quilter's Hall of Fame

Quilts Along the Trail (QAT) Museum

  • Located in Osakis, MN

R

Riverside Metropolitan Museum

Rochester Museum and Science Center

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

  • http://www.rmqm.org/index.htm
  • Quilt Index contributing institution
  • Permanent and education collections
  • The Rocky Mountain Quilt Study Group meets on the third Friday of each month, 10:30am-12:30pm at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.

Rogers Historical Museum

Rutgers University Special Collections and Archives

S

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

Saratoga County Historical Society

  • Located in Ballston Spa, New York

Schweinfurth Gallery

  • Located in Auburn, NY

Seiberling Mansion

Shelburne Museum

Smithsonian Institution

Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA)

Spencer Museum of Art

State Historical Society of Iowa

State Museum of Pennsylvania

Strawberry Banke

T

Tennessee State Library and Archives

Tennessee State Museum

Texas Quilt Museum

  • Coming soon!!

Textile Center of Minnesota

Textile Museum

U

Union County Historical Society

University of Louisville Archives and Record Center

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

V

Valentine Richmond History Center

Virginia Quilt Museum

W

Wadsworth Atheneum

West Virginia Cultural Center (West Virginia Division of Culture and History)

Wilber Czech Museum

Winedale Quilt Collection

Winterthur Museum

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts

Y

Yakima Valley Museum

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