University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Joyce Gross Quilt History Collection



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gross, Joyce
Title Joyce Gross Quilt History Collection
Abstract Collection contains original examples of American quilting as well as related material, including manuscripts, rare textile books, journals,catalogs, visual materials, and ephemera of twentieth-century quilting history.
Extent 320 ft.
Language English.
Repository The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Creator Sketch

Joyce Gross' work as a researcher, publisher, scholar, teacher, and organizer have been critical in promoting the study of quilt history in the United States. Beginning with her first purchase in 1973 of a quilt top at a flea market, Gross has amassed a historically important collection. As she collected quilts and became acquainted with quilters, Gross began to share her love of the art with the public by organizing quilting tours throughout the nation; hosting her celebrated annual quilting retreat in Point Bonita, California; and founding and publishing the Quilters' Journal from 1977 to 1987. Moreover, in 1980 Gross helped organize the influential American Quilt Study Group. Over the years she has established herself as a leading historian of twentieth century quilts and quilters. In recognition of her many contributions to American quilting, Joyce Gross was inducted into the Quilter's Hall of Fame in 1996. She is considered a "Quilt Treasure" by the Alliance for American Quilts.


Scope and Content

The collection contains original examples of American quilting as well as related material, including manuscripts, rare textile books, journals,catalogs, visual materials, and ephemera of twentieth-century quilting history. Includes more than 170 quilts by American quilters from the late 1930s to 2002, including Pine Hawkes Eisfeller's The Garden [detail] (1938) and Tree of Life (1939). In 1999, both of Eisfeller's works were judged to be two of the "100 Best Quilts of the Twentieth Century." Other prominent twentieth-century American quilters whose works are represented in the Gross Collection include Bertha Stenge, Emma Andres, Florence Peto, and Jeannette Throckmorton.


Related Material

Winedale Center for the Quilt

Detail of The Garden, Pine Hawkes Eisfeller (1938)

Detail of Oak Leaf and Pine Tree (ca. 1859)

Detail of Pentz Baltimore Album, quilt top, family and friends of Julia Ann Pentz (1847)


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joyce Gross Quilt History Collection, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

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