Questions About the Great Lakes Quilt Center
Are quilts currently on exhibit at the MSU
The MSU Museum is a natural and cultural history museum with strong collections
and programs representing a number of disciplinary interests, including
mammalogy, vertebrate paleontology, ornithology, history, anthropology,
archaeology, art history, and folklife. The MSU Museum’s currently
limited amount of gallery space is used to showcase all of these different
subjects and collections, therefore it does not always have a quilt exhibit
on view. Before planning a visit, be sure to check http://museum.msu.edu/?q=current for a listing
of current exhibits.
Who is eligible to do research at the GLQC?
Anyone who has a legitimate need for use of the collections is welcome
to make a research appointment.
How do I contact the GLQC to do research?
The MSU Museum/Great Lakes Quilt Center collections are available for
on-site research by appointment only. The quilt-related ephemera, publications,
oral histories, and other materials housed in the museum's archive and
library for cultural collections are available to researchers by appointment
on a room-use basis only. To schedule an appointment or to discuss a possible
donation, contact Mary Worrall, Quilt Index Associate Director, at 517- 432-4118
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Completing
and sending an MTAP
Research Request Form ahead of your visit will help staff better prepare
for your visit.
When are appointments available?
Appointments with the GLQC are available Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m.
and 5:00 p.m.. It is advisable to contact the GLQC at least 2 weeks in
advance of the date you wish to conduct research.
Can I conduct research in the collections
area without an appointment?
No. You must make an appointment in advance to conduct research in the
Are there research fees for on-site appointments?
The museum reserves the right to charge a user fee of $25.00 per hour
for direct staff assistance in excess of an hour when the research visit
requires very personalized staff assistance. A photocopying machine and
color computer printer are available on site for use by researchers; costs
are typically 25 cents per page. Given the university’s directive
that the museum become self-sufficient, this fee helps to underwrite the
staffing necessary to provide access to collections.
What if I am unable to visit the collections
myself? Can research be done for me?
Yes. Museum staff can do research on a limited basis for those who are unable to visit the
collections in person. Photocopies of relevant materials will be made
and mailed to the researcher. If the search takes less than one hour,
there is no charge incurred for research time. If the search takes more
than one hour, there is a research fee of $25.00 per hour of research
time. The researcher will be charged 25 cents per photocopy. Additional
fees apply for photographs. For a schedule of fees, go to http://museum.msu.edu/s-program/mtap/Collections/MTAPFee.pdf.
Can photocopies be made of archival items
in the collections?
Yes, as long as staff determine that photocopying will not damage the
particular item. In some cases, restrictions may apply. The researcher
will be charged 25 cents per photocopy.
Are photographic reproductions available
of museum objects?
Yes. Requests for photographic, audio, or video media can be made through
Pearl Wong, Collections Coordinator, by phone at 517- 432-5107 or by email
Image requests may also be made throught the mail. Fill out the Media
Request form and send to Pearl Wong. For a schedule of fees, go to
Are other photographic services available?
Yes. Appointments for photography can be made through Pearl Wong, Collections
Coordinator by phone at 517- 432-5107 or by email at email@example.com.
For a schedule of fees, go to http://museum.msu.edu/s-program/mtap/Collections/MTAPFee.pdf.
Are there restrictions on what I can bring
into the collections area?
Yes. Researchers, per standard archival and museum collection practice,
will be required to follow guidelines outlined in “Policies Governing
Use of Materials” form
Researchers will be asked to read and sign the form when they arrive.
Where are the collections located?
Visitor parking for the Cultural Collections Resource Center
in the Central Services building can be found in Lot 79 on the south side
of Spartan Stadium.
The quilt collections are housed in the MSU Museum Cultural Collections
Resource Center, Room 201, Central Services Building, located next to
Spartan Stadium on the MSU campus. Enter the building from the east side
and follow the posted signs. For a map, go to: http://museum.msu.edu/s%2Dprogram/mtap/Collections/Map.pdf.
Can the GLQC tell me how much quilts that
I own are worth?
No. Due to ethical standards established by the American Association of
Museums, museum staff members do not evaluate the monetary worth of objects.
We recommend you consult with a certified appraiser. Go to the American
Quilters Society for a list of certified appraisers.
How do I register my quilt with the Michigan
Quilts can be registered with the Michigan Quilt Project during Quilt
Discovery Days, by appointment with collections staff, or on your own.
A MQP inventory form can be downloaded at http://museum.msu.edu/glqc/programs_mqp_register.html.
For a nominal fee of $15.00 per quilt, quilts can also
be brought into the GLQC and be documented by GLQC staff. Simply make
an appointment by contacting the Quilt Line at 517-432-3800 or by email
at firstname.lastname@example.org. The
fee helps underwrite staff time.
Quilt Discovery Days are public events generally sponsored
by local community organizations at which volunteers assist quilt owners
in filling out Michigan Quilt Project Inventory forms, quilts are photographed,
and stories and other materials associated with the quilts are collected.
The information is then sent to the GLQC/MSUM where it is catalogued.
For information about sponsoring a Quilt Discovery Day,
contact the Quilt Line at 517-432-3800 or by email at email@example.com.
Will the MSU Museum provide a quilt label
for my quilt? Can I get a copy of my MQP form and photograph?
MQP identification packets, available for $15.00 per quilt
from the GLQC/MSUM, include a copy of your quilt’s inventory form,
a computer printout of the MQP photograph of your quilt, and a fabric
quilt label printed with the quilt’s MQP number and ready to be
sewn on to the back of your quilt.
How can I donate a quilt to the GLQC?
If you have a quilt, quilt ephemera, or a quilt-related book you think
you would like to donate, please contact Mary Worrall, Quilt Index Associate Director,
at 517-432-4118 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff will begin the discussions about possible donations with you by
email and phone, but all potential donations must be reviewed and approved
by the GLQC Collection Development Committee to make sure that the donations
adhere to the GLQC collection development policy. It is helpful for staff
to have Michigan Quilt Project
Inventory forms completed prior to making decisions.
Because the GLQC/MSU Museum takes seriously its responsibility
as a public steward for perpetual care of collections and because the
resources (space, staff, supplies, etc.) for caring for collections are
costly and limited, the MSU Museum must be selective about what it collects.
For more information about donating materials and to review
the collection development policy, see http://museum.msu.edu/glqc/collections_developuse.html.