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Quilt Index website expands

24 November on Announcements, Quilts  

QI Front PageThe Quilt Index, quiltindex.org, the world’s foremost online resource for images and metadata about historic and contemporary quilts, has just launched its website upgrade.

Thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the site now provides access to records for over 47,000 quilts (up from around 20,000).  New contributors funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Expansion grant and/or by the contributors themselves are:

  • Hawaiian Quilt Research Project
  • Louisiana Regional Folklife Program
  • Minnesota Quilt Project
  • New England Quilt Museum/MassQuilts
  • The Heritage Quilt Project of New Jersey at Rutgers University Libraries/ Special Collections and University Archives
  • North Carolina Museum of History
  • Rhode Island Quilt Documentation Project at University of Rhode Island
  • West Virginia Heritage Quilt Search, Inc.
  • Wyoming Quilt Project, Inc.

You can read about all of the Quilt Index’s contributors at http://www.quiltindex.org/contributors.php.

QI_expansionThe expanded site also features a new design and navigation, as well as zoom and comparison tools funded by an Institute for Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant.

IMLS funding along with a generous grant from the Salser Family Foundation made possible another compelling component of the expansion: the Signature Quilt Project (SQP), http://www.quiltindex.org/sqpgalleries.php.  The SQP provided an opportunity to pilot the public submission of privately owned quilts.

Visit the new and improved Quilt Index today at www.quiltindex.org!

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The Quilt Index is a joint project of The Alliance for American Quilts, MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online, and the Michigan State University Museum.