Our first AQSG meeting was in 1980....Not so long ago as the doctored photo.
Only about 40 years ago
I recognize Lucy Hilty, Cuesta Benberry, Flavin Glover, Bets Ramsey, me
Quilt House/International Quilt Museum
Merikay Waldvogel is giving a tour of the Quilt Research Collections on Friday afternoon, October 11. Librarian Mary Ellen Ducey and I will be assisting. Archives and Special Collections in the University Libraries has established a Quilt Research Collection located in the Library Depository Retrieval Facility, a new building at the edge of the UNL East Campus.
Someday it will look like this with collections stored on stacks of shelves
and access from a fork lift picker and digital finders.
There is a reading room for researchers and a fabulous storage facility that can house 900,000 volumes.
Here's a description of the tour:
"Take an opportunity to see the materials and patterns related to Merikay Waldvogel’s research and study center. A tour at the reading room of the UNL Library Depository and Retrieval Facility (LDRF) will include Alice Brooks, Mildred Dickerson, and Laura Wheeler quilt patterns. The tour includes a peek inside the high-density storage locations and showcases additional items from the Quilt Research Collections."
The collection is processing many donations.
Merikay has sent tons of paper (I probably only exaggerate a little.)
From the Pat L. Nickols collection, Mingei Museum
State birds and flowers signed M Lieb
Another recent gift: Susan McKendry drove to Lincoln to deliver her grandmother Eloise Viall Brittingham's (1904-1990) pattern collections.
Mary Ellen tells us that with the help of colleagues and students, she's gone through many of the recent donation boxes and completed basic re-housing into folders. We are raising funds for a staff member to complete that work.
And me: I am going through the paper files I did for my books on Civil War quilts. The despair pictured above is because I cannot resist looking up every old lead on the internet and I get bogged down. But I am determined to have at least one file box full of quilt paper to take with me to Lincoln.
See more about the Quilt Research Collection at this post: