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The Winedale Quilt Collection is a premier scholarly resource that supports the study of quilts and their history. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to American quilts and quilt history materials documenting the role of quilts in American culture.
The Winedale Quilt Collection covers a broad range of American quilts and quilt making. It gives special emphasis to Texas quilts, including quilts made in Texas, quilts brought to Texas in the 19th century, and quilts displaying Texas-related subjects. The collection contains more than 400 quilts and spans 200 years of quilt making in the United States. The collection also features documentary resources to support research into the role of quilts in American culture, especially during the 20th century.
The Winedale Quilt Collection is housed at the Briscoe Center’s Research and Collections
Division in Austin and is open to all researchers by appointment only. For appointments, please contact the reference desk: (512) 495-4532.
Digital images and information on a selection of Briscoe Center quilts are available online in the Quilt Index, a project of the Alliance for American Quilts (www.quiltindex.org) and on the Briscoe Center’s website.
The Briscoe Center shares its quilts through exhibits and programs, including an annual quilt exhibit at its Winedale Historical Complex near Round Top, Texas.
If you have a quilt, quilt collection, or quilt history documentation that you would like to discuss donating, please contact the Center's assistant director for material culture, Lynn Bell, (512) 495-4452.
Quilt Collection Highlights