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The Mary Schafer Collection: A Legacy of Quilt History

The Mary Schafer Quilt and Ephemera Collection

In the mid-1990s, the MSU Museum began to work with Mary in order to keep her wonderful collection of quilts and ephemera- books, study fabric, patterns, correspondence, and other materials together for use by researchers and educators. With the generous support of the Ruth Mott Fund, Kitty Clark Cole and Jeffrey Cole, and numerous individuals and quilt groups, the core of Mary Schafer’s collection was purchased for the MSU Museum.

Mary prepares her ephemera for transfer to the MSU Museum.
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved

Individuals wishing to use the Mary Schafer Quilt and Ephemera Collection for research purposes or donate funds to support the care of the collection, go to http://www.museum.msu.edu/glqc/collections_developuse.html. To purchase copies of Joe Cunningham and Gwen Marston’s Mary Schafer and Her Quilts (East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University Museum, 1990) or Gwen Marston and Kate Darnell’s Q is for Quilt (East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University Museum, 1987) go to our Publications Page. For additional questions phone (Quilt Line: 517/432-3800), email (quilts@museum.msu.edu), or mail (Great Lakes Quilt Center, Michigan State University Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1045).


Curator: Mary Worrall
Curatorial consultant and editorial assistance: Marsha MacDowell
Additional research, assistance, and virtual exhibit development: Beth Donaldson
Curatorial assistance: Lynne Swanson
Exhibit fabrication: Phil Lienhart
Exhibit design: Melinda Hamilton and Mary Worrall
Graphic design: Melinda Hamilton
Photography: Pearl Yee Wong, KEVA, Mary Whalen
Additional assistance provided by: Michele Beltran, Latricia Horstman, Dustin O'Connor, Katy Donaldson, and Laura Porteous

Funding for this exhibit was provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Country Stitches, Kitty Clark Cole, and MSU Offices of the Provost and Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies.

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