Friday, March 31, 2017

Smithsonian Quilt & Textile Collection Online

1899 Lydia Finnell
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Collection of the Smithsonian Institution

Our National Museum, the Smithsonian, has many of their quilts and textiles accessible in an online catalog.


If you go to this page where I did a search for quilt in all the files 1,984 files come up. Too many.
I narrowed the search to objects (rather than say books) and found 823 documents, many of which are fabulous quilts.


Early 19th century British block top

It's an excuse to show several I haven't seen before.

Brickwall, late 19th century

Some are new acquisitions like the Corrine Riley collection of 56 African American quilts.

Harriet Fry Hockaday, Missouri
Late 19th century

Elenor Dolan, mid 19th century

Early British pictorial "Irish Volunteers" by Eliza Bennis.

Detail of a silk Quaker trousseau quilt

Contained crazy

They include files from a variety of Smithsonian divisions
such as the Cooper-Hewitt and the Anacostia Community Museum.

This will keep you busy for a while.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful, thanks!
The inclusion of Phyllis Diller's Gag File at the end. Love it!

Good Earth Quilting said...

I was doing a little research from your post on Contained Crazy Quilts. I find your site so educational! Thank you!