Quilt Collections in the United States: by state

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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.

Alabama

Birmingham Museum of Fine Art

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Arizona

Arizona Historical Society

Arkansas

Old State House Museum

Rogers Historical Museum

California

Bowers Museum

De Young Museum

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Oakland Museum of California

Riverside Metropolitan Museum

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

Colorado

Denver Art Museum

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.

Connecticut

Connecticut Historical Society

Wadsworth Atheneum

Delaware

Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village

Winterthur Museum

District of Columbia

American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Daughters of the American Revolution Museum

National Museum of American History

National Museum of the American Indian

Smithsonian Institution

Textile Museum

Florida

Museum of Florida History

Georgia

Atlanta History Center

Juliet Gordon Low National Girl Scout Center

Hawaii

Bernice P. Bishop Museum

Honolulu Academy of Arts

Mission Houses Museum

Idaho

Idaho State Historical Library

Illinois

Art Institute of Chicago

Early American Museum

Illinois State Museum

National Museum of Mexican Art

Indiana

The Children's Museum

Fort Wayne Museum of Arts

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

Mathers Museum of World Cultures

Monroe County History Center

Quilter's Hall of Fame

Seiberling Mansion

Iowa

Kalona Quilt and Textile Center

State Historical Society of Iowa

Kansas

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Kansas Historical Society

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

Spencer Museum of Art

Kentucky

Appalachian Collection, Morehead State University

Kentucky Museum

Museum of the American Quilter's Society

National Quilt Museum

University of Louisville Archives and Record Center

Louisiana

Louisiana State Museum

Maine

Maine Memory Network

Maine State Museum

Maryland

Baltimore Museum of Art

Historical Society of Kent County

Maryland Historical Society

Massachusetts

American Textile History Museum

Historic Deerfield

Memorial Hall Museum

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Our National Heritage

New England Quilt Museum

Old Sturbridge Village

Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA)

Michigan

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

Minnesota Historical Society

Quilts Along the Trail (QAT) Museum

  • Located in Osakis, MN

Textile Center of Minnesota

Mississippi

Mississippi Cultural Crossroads

Missouri

Jackson County Historical Society

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

Nebraska

American Quilt Study Group Library and Archives

International Quilt Study Center and Museum

Nebraska State Historical Society

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Wilber Czech Museum

New Hampshire

Strawberry Banke

New Jersey

Burlington County Historical Society

The Newark Museum

Rutgers University Special Collections and Archives

New Mexico

Museum of International Folk Art

New York

American Folk Art Museum

Adirondack Museum

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

Cornell University Textile Collection

Fenimore Art Museum

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

National September 11 Memorial and Museum

Rochester Museum and Science Center

Saratoga County Historical Society

  • Located in Ballston Spa, New York

Schweinfurth Gallery

  • Located in Auburn, NY

North Carolina

Ackland Museum

Gregg Museum of Art and Design

The Mint Museums

Mountain Heritage Center

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

North Carolina Museum of History

Ohio

Columbus Museum of Art

Kent State University Museum

Ohio Historical Society

Oklahoma

Oklahoma History Center

Oregon

Aurora County Museum

Benton County Museum

Latimer Quilt and Textile Center

Pennsylvania

Allentown Art Museum

Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation

Goschenhoppen Folklife Museum and Library

Heritage Center Museum

Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum

Muddy Creek Farm Library and Museum

Packwood House Museum

The People's Place Quilt Museum

Philadelphia Museum of Art

State Museum of Pennsylvania

Union County Historical Society

South Carolina

McKissick Museum

Tennessee

Center for Southern Folklore

Tennessee State Library and Archives

Tennessee State Museum

Texas

The Bayou Bend Collection

Dallas Museum of Art

The Grace Museum

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Texas Quilt Museum

  • Coming soon!!

Winedale Quilt Collection

Utah

Brigham City Museum


Latter Days Saints Museum of Church History and Art

Vermont

Shelburne Museum

Virginia

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

Colonial Williamsburg

Mount Vernon Ladies Association

Valentine Richmond History Center

Virginia Quilt Museum

Washington

LaConner Quilt Museum

Lopez Island Historical Society and Museum

Yakima Valley Museum

West Virginia

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

Wisconsin

Kenosha Public Museum

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts

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