The Quilt Index Goes International With the Addition of Quilt Records From the Royal Alberta Museum
MATRIX is pleased to announce that The Quilt Index, one of our primary collaborations, has succeeded in becoming one of the first international online quilt and quilt ephemera repositories with their recent posting of historic quilts from the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. The Quilt Index has been using KORA– an open-source, database-driven, online digital repository application developed by MATRIX– to provide centralized access to more than 60,000 quilt records.
What makes the addition of the Royal Alberta Museum’s quilt particularly exciting is the impact their addition has on Canadian heritage studies and on the future of the Quilt Index as a whole. The quilts, according to Lucie Heins, Assistant Curator of Western Canadian History for the museum, are an important part of the museum’s collection and help tell the story of its settlement and historical development. The craftsmanship displayed in these quilts is quite spectacular, and making them easily accessible online will help foster new scholarship and community engagement.
TheRoyal Alberta Museum is the first Canadian contributor to The Quilt Index and is one of the most significant international contributors to the project so far. The addition of these 45 quilts is a landmark for The Quilt Index, which has been aspiring to go international ever since its inception in 2003. In addition to the Canadian quilts, The Quilt Index contains digital records of quilts fromSouth Africa and plans to add quilts from many more countries in the upcoming years.
MATRIX is excited to see how The Quilt Index is combining KORA technology and archival traditions to create a quilt repository that is cutting-edge and innovative. We look forward to continuing to work with The Quilt Index to advance preservation and access to these artistic and historical cultural heritage materials for research, teaching, and public audiences.