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A Guide to the "Boxes Under the Bed" Collection, 1996-1998
In 1993, recognizing the need to centralize information about quilts and quiltmaking, four women joined forces to create Quilt Alliance. This project drew together Shelly Zegart and Eunice Ray of The Kentucky Quilt Project, and Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant, corporate officers of Quilts, Inc. and founders of the non-profit Texas Quilt Search. With the establishment of The Alliance, the founders combined their shared dedication to quilts with their extensive experiences shaping the quilt industry and quilt scholarship in this country. The Alliance's founders soon gathered a distinguished group of quilt scholars, artists, experts, and enthusiasts to develop a vision for gathering, disseminating, and facilitating the interpretation of the great body of information about quilts and quiltmakers. The Alliance developed projects that tap into the full potential of quilts and inform the study and understanding of history, the arts, and culture. Many of these original visionaries continue to work together to advance the projects and programs of The Alliance through their membership on The Alliance Board of Directors. In its short history, The Alliance has made significant progress toward its goals. It has launched a series of partnerships and projects that are preserving, documenting, and sharing the stories of quilts and quiltmakers, including The Quilt Index, H-Quilts, Quilters' S.O.S.-Save Our Stories, Boxes Under the Bed™, Quilt Treasures, and Regional Centers for The Quilt.
The Boxes Under the Bed™ project is designed to educate the public about the importance of identifying, preserving, and making accessible the archives and ephemera of quilt history. The project, currently being developed, will offer several methodologies, including a Boxes website tutorial about making quilt history documentation accessible for research in an institutional setting; sharing examples of quilt history ephemera through digital displays in a browsing gallery on our website; and training local researchers to identify and rescue quilt-related documentation in need of preservation. Quilt Alliance is partnering mainly with Winedale, The Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin and also with Michigan State University Museum to develop this project.
Source: Quilt Alliance, “Alliance History,” Quilt Alliance (http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/about/history.php), accessed May 8, 2013.
17 audiocassettes from the Boxes Under the Bed quilt conferences, 1996-1998, make up the “Boxes Under the Bed” Collection.
This collection is open for research use.
"Boxes Under the Bed" Collection, 1996-1998, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Stefanie Lapka, May 2013.