A Guide to the Lena Dancy Ledbetter Counterpane Sample Collection, 2005
In 2004 Ute Bargmann, a member of the Early Weaving Books and Manuscripts group of Complex Weavers, came across the pattern book, “Patterns for Weaving Counterpanes, 1862-1865,” in the Center for American History’s online exhibit “The Story of Winedale.” The pattern book, from the Lena Dancy Ledbetter Papers at the Center for American History, contains Ledbetter’s notations. Bargmann ordered a photocopy of the book and brought it to the attention of her organization.
This attention resulted in the Handweavers Guild of America featuring the pattern book at their meeting during the May 2005 Historical Manuscripts Conference in Clayton, New York. The Early Weaving Books and Manuscripts group presented a session entitled “Bavarian Yankee Intruder in Southern Threads: Contemplations of the Dancy Plantation Manuscript on Counterpanes,” about the “discovery” of the manuscript in an online exhibit. Furthermore, Bargmann wove 22 samples from the pattern book.
Woven counterpane samples, a presentation, and a CD comprise The Lena Dancy Ledbetter Counterpane Samples Collection, 2005, pertaining to Lena Dancy Ledbetter’s pattern book from 1862-1865. Ute Bargmann wove the 22 counterpane samples, including Vine Snowball and Democrat Beauty 1 and 2, from Ledbetter’s pattern book. The papers contain a paper copy Ute Bargmann’s presentation, “Bavarian Yankee Intruder in Southern Threads: Contemplations of the Dancy Plantation Manuscript on Counterpanes,” as well as photocopies of the weaving samples. Furthermore, the collection includes a CD with the original lecture, image list, and PowerPoint presentation.
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Lena Dancy Ledbetter Counterpane Sample Collection, 2005, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers