Shelly Zegart Papers, 1993-2006

Accessions: 2007-012; 2008-130
Extent: 15.75 linear feet
Restrictions: Access to this collection requires the donor's written approval.
Copyright: Copyright has not been transferred to the University of Louisville.

Biographical Note

Shelly Zegart is an internationally recognized expert on American quilts. She has collected and sold quilts, curated exhibitions, written and lectured about all aspects of quilt history and aesthetics for over 25 years. Reared in quilt- rich western Pennsylvania, Shelly Zegart settled in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1968, another area where quilting has long been practiced with skill and passion. Zegart's love of American antique quilts began in the mid 1970s when she discovered quilts as a form of art. She immediately developed an intense passion for quilts, their history and the stories they tell.

Zegart was a co-founder and driving force behind The Kentucky Quilt Project, the first state quilt documentation project. In 1993, she was a founder of The Alliance for American Quilts, a national nonprofit organization with the purpose of uniting the varied elements of the quilt world around the vision that understands quilts not only as works of art, but as tangible pieces of history with stories that should be documented and preserved. From 1993 until 2006 she led the organization’s development. The Alliance collaborates with partners around the country to: increase understanding of the quilt as an important American grassroots art form that transcends many backgrounds and heritages; engage Americans everywhere in the documentation of quilts to save information that otherwise will be lost; and make quilt research and information available to a broad and eager public.

Brief Description of the Collection

The first accession (6.75 linear feet) collection of papers was donated to the University Archives and Records Center in January 2007. It almost exclusively documents the donor’s involvement in the founding of The Alliance for American Quilts, from its very beginnings until she rotated off the Board of Directors in 2006. The additional material (9 linear feet) came in December 2008 and includes some of the donor’s topical, business, and literary production files.

Accesion 2007-012 is contained in boxes 1-6; Accession 2008-130 begins with box 7.

Box List

Box 1

  • 1. Alliance- Domain Names 1999
  • 2. Financial Information 1994-2001
  • 3. Wolf, Keen - Summary of work & Costs 1994-2001
  • 4. Wolf, Keens - Summary of Services since 1994- thru 12/2000
  • 5. Alliance contract - Wolf, Keens 2000
  • 6. Wolf, Keens Contract correspondence 1999
  • 7. Alliance/Keens Contract 1998
  • 8. Fund Raising- Budgets, Notes, progress reports, Keens 1996
  • 9. Keens, Summary meeting 11/1996
  • 10. Keens invoices 1996
  • 11. Keens Company Contract 1996
  • 12. Keens Company Contract/conversations
  • 13. Advisory Board Keens Company 1994
  • 14. Keens Company Files/Folders
  • 15. Press Releases edit. Etc. 2001
  • 16. Alliance 08/01 Problems with the Ladies
  • 17. Alliance Problems. Alliance Statement 07/01 52 Position 9/01
  • 18. Notes on reconstructing Alliance Board 2001
  • 19. Meg Cox. Alliance 2001
  • 20. Preliminary Report, Reorganization committee Plus AQSC By laws 2001
  • 21. Alliance meeting summary September 2001
  • 22. Summary 01/01 also 9/2001 Agenda to talk to Laura Friday Alliance.
  • 23. Alliance 2001/ Ending August Executive Committee calls /notes 2001
  • 24. Alliance Inventory Houston 2001
  • 25. Alliance Inventory in Texas 2001
  • 26. Year end Letter, Donor Original 2001
  • 27. Financial contributions Summary 2001
  • 28. Board Insurance 2001
  • 29. Alliance End of Year Finances Summaries 1994-2000
  • 30. Alliance meeting memo follow-up emails 02/00
  • 31. Board Meeting Avg. 2000
  • 32. 1999 Grant application
  • 33. Quilt treasures budget 1999
  • 34. Alliance- Lake Mills Studios
  • 35. Alliance Guild Pledge Agreements
  • 36. 1998 Meeting summary
  • 37. Proposed budgets 1998/ alliance 143-52
  • 38. Advisory Council Bios 1998
  • 39. Alliance P.R. 1998
  • 40. Job Description/ Executive Director Alliance 1998
  • 41. "Boxes under the bed" Mailing List 1-90
  • 42. Advisory Council Prelim. Packet 1998
  • 43. Alliance H-NET agreement letter 1998 Quilt Index
  • 44. Post DC Consortium reporting planning includes KB conference calls 1998
  • 45. NEA/NEH Consortium index meeting D.C. 1/1998
  • 46. Advisory Council 1998
  • 47. NEH Application Admissions
  • 48. Index Steering committee meeting / notes 1998
  • 49. Consortium Development /Keens 1997
  • 50. Shuman, Phil 1997 Alliance
  • 51. "Boxes under the bed" Registrations 1997
  • 52. "Boxes under the bed" Follow-up - All types 1997
  • 53. Alliance- Activity 1997 Index
  • 54. Advisory Council Meeting
  • 55. Avg. 1-1 meeting/ UDC 1997
  • 56. 97-DOCS-event SJ Raphael.
  • 57. Karey and Nancy Post Boxes Correspondence Alliance 1997
  • 58. Alliance Advisory Council Meeting 8/1999
  • 59. For discussion/Karey-Nancy October 1997
  • 60. NEA- Stephanie Madden August 1997
  • 61. "Friends" correspondence - 1997 P.R. and other fund raising Ideas

Box 2

  • 1. Alliance for American Quilts Proposal
  • 2. Guild Contribution history
  • 3. Various Pledge Forms
  • 4. Leadership/pledge forms
  • 5. 501C3 IRS determination letter and Number
  • 6. 501C3 Opinion Letter
  • 7. Database/ Original Alliance
  • 8. Original Surveys
  • 9. Alliance - Post meeting Articles P.R. 1995
  • 10. Advisory Board/Needs assessment
  • 11. Alliance 1993 Meeting (1st)
  • 12. Packet sent after DC meeting 1995
  • 13. Alliance overview/Executive summary 1993
  • 14. Index correspondence 1993
  • 15. Party Fundraising 10/01 Alliance
  • 16. Updated Bio List 6/01
  • 17. Fundraising NY fall 2001
  • 18. Meeting date preferences agenda alliance
  • 19. Winedale, H. Report Kate Adams
  • 20. Alliance Alamo Rally Issues 2001
  • 21. Budget- Drafts, End of Year, 2001
  • 22. QSOS-2001-2002
  • 23. Meeting RMS- DC- Alliance Research 2001
  • 24. Texas Regional Center Discussion 2000
  • 25. Quilt Treasures
  • 26. Alliance/ Texas Symposium 4/01
  • 27. February- Alliance meeting responses 2001
  • 28. Alliance Talking points Shelly 10-01
  • 29. NEH- 04-01 P.R.-Budget
  • 30. 2000 Website Committee quiltcenter.org
  • 31. Alliance Request for Partnership/Library of Congress/Centers 2000
  • 32. Bernie Hermann, University of Delaware 1999-2000
  • 33. Quilters SOS 11/2000
  • 34. International Quilt Festival 06-2000
  • 35. Illana Hodsm internship 2000
  • 36. Meeting Alliance January 21, 2000
  • 37. Fund Raising Alliance in large Projects/ fall 2000
  • 38. SOS interviews Goss- 2000
  • 39. Oral History of Festival SOS 1999
  • 40. "Save our Stories" 2000
  • 41. Plans for review, Request for Partnership for Advisory Council consideration
  • 42. Follow up Meeting 9-2000 UDC Meeting memos
  • 43. Center for me Quilt meeting with Betsy Broun 1999
  • 44. NEH Grant turndown 1998
  • 45. Keens, Wolf, and Co. Research information
  • 46. Michigan State University Papers
  • 47. Houston SOS packet, 10/99

Box 3

  • 1. Advisory Council 1996-1997
  • 2. Advisory Council Meeting 10/1997
  • 3. "Boxes under the Bed" 1997
  • 4. Alliance project 1997
  • 5. "Boxes under the Bed" send/information 1997
  • 6. Concept paper- Center for the quilt 1997
  • 7. Collection policy developments 1997
  • 8. Re: Nebraska 1997
  • 9. Elaine Hedges Obituary Information. 1997
  • 10. Strategies for sponsors 1997
  • 11. Quilt Query 1997
  • 12. Mailing list to National Support Committee and non-NSC
  • 13. Misc. Correspondence memos 1997
  • 14. Boxes Correspondence 1997
  • 15. Fundraising Documents. SJR Home 1997
  • 16. "Boxes under the Bed" overflow file 1996
  • 17. Alan Governar 1996
  • 18. Alliance fundraising Keens Co. Prospects
  • 19. Old Alliance Brochures 1996
  • 20. Advisory Council November 1996
  • 21. Alliance Correspondence and Misc. Information. 1996
  • 22. Alliance Misc. Correspondence 1996
  • 23. Misc. Mailings to look at 1996
  • 24. Memos from Karey to Respond to 1996
  • 25. Boxes under the Bed Project 11/1996
  • 26. Boxes under the Bed Project 1996
  • 27. Alliance meeting in Houston November 1996
  • 28. 1/1996 Notes- KB Correspondence after Meeting W.D.C.
  • 29. Packet sent "Boxes under the Bed" Before/After and Mailing List
  • 30. Conference Call Notes - K.N.S.
  • 31. Fundraising letters and packet/Keens Co. 1996
  • 32. Alliance sample/ articles 1996-1997
  • 33. Proposal drafts folk life center Re: 1996
  • 34. Center and Index 18 month plan and budget
  • 35. Budget Summary 1996
  • 36. National Committee Letter- Follow up 1996
  • 37. Boxes under the bed conference
  • 38. Quilt index 1996
  • 39. Latest Version Position Paper 11/1996
  • 40. Nancy-Jon: Karey, Shelly/Eunice 12/96
  • 41. DC Meeting July 1996
  • 42. 18 month plan 1996
  • 43. Cathy Rasmussen/Alliance Project 1995
  • 44. Alliance P.R. -Re: Meeting
  • 45. Alliance Survey & Meeting sent totals 1995
  • 46. Position Paper drafts/comments 1995
  • 47. Alliance Minutes1995
  • 48. Jan Brooks 1995
  • 49. Conversations - post meeting notes/ Re: Folklife Center

Box 4

  • 1. Alliance Fundraising Packet Information [Expanded Folder]
  • 2. Meeting summary
  • 3. Simultaneous Notes, Washington D.C. Meeting 8/1995
  • 4. The D.C. Meeting Notes 8/1995 Alliance
  • 5. Alliance - Fundraising 1995 correspondence
  • 6. Alliance - Press release statements from Adv.
  • 7. Press Release
  • 8. Index/Center - information sent to consider 1995
  • 9. Karey / Nancy Visit 1/1994
  • 10. Karey Correspondence 1993
  • 11. Overview of Need our "1st Bible" 1994
  • 12. Alliance Press ongoing 1994
  • 13. Index Meeting 1997

Box 5

  • 1. Meeting Notes
  • 2. Board meeting Documents Shelly
  • 3. Executive Call Notes 2006
  • 4. Lease Agreement
  • 5. Hotel- Best Caterer August Meeting 2006
  • 6. "Put a Roof Over Our Heads" Postcards
  • 7. Laura Index Report
  • 8. Shelly
  • 9. Development Calls Notes 2006
  • 10. Board Report February 2006
  • 11. Fundraising transition development E.O.Y Asheville 2006
  • 12. Misc. Alliance Documents 2005
  • 13. RE: Web issues
  • 14. Michigan State University project 2004
  • 15. AAQ Board Members to-dos
  • 16. Index Documents Meeting 2006
  • 17. OT Doc/Web Doc/ 2/2006
  • 18. Work Time used 2006
  • 19. Budget 2006 Papers for Amy M.
  • 20. Gloria Hansen 2005
  • 21. WK and Transition
  • 22. Lex. Station
  • 23. Am- weekly reports/ plans 2006
  • 24. Handmade in America
  • 25. Promotional Materials
  • 26. Transition money Pledges Office costs Shelly Idea fund Development 2006
  • 27. NEH grant July 1 2006
  • 28. Board Fundraising 2005-2006
  • 29. Karen Personnel/ Job
  • 30. Contracts
  • 31. Budget Conventions
  • 32. Owls list for meetings
  • 33. Chernikoff 2005
  • 34. Tote Quote
  • 35. Meg- Book
  • 36. David Roth 6/2005
  • 37. Board Member Constitution 2006Reginal Centers - Calls/Discussion 2004
  • 38. Convention and Building
  • 39. Index Intellectual Prosperity Information 1998
  • 40. Quilt Voices Events
  • 41. C.E. and S Curriculum proposal/ alliance 2004
  • 42.Beununa List Susan Beck 2003
  • 43. Budget 2006
  • 44. B Herman Latest 4/2004
  • 45. Corporation Development 2006
  • 46. The Move-Actual Costs
  • 47. Membership Changes 2005
  • 48. Brochure
  • 49. Licensing Alliance
  • 50. Executive Call Notes fall 2004-2005
  • 51. Auction 2005
  • 52. Board Meeting e-mails. Aug 2006
  • 53. Webster Overwrites Discussions 8/2005
  • 54. AAQ Newsletter 2005
  • 55. Calendar M. Ship Updates
  • 56. Feb 2005 Board Meeting Documents
  • 57. Meg Conversations
  • 58. Dev-Lists-Letter 2005
  • 59. Approaching Elanor, Ferris Letters 2005
  • 60. Alliance and the regional centers 2004
  • 61. Chicago Musgrave event 4/24/2004
  • 62. Museum Network meeting 2004
  • 63. Crosby and Rankin Contract to sign MSN 2/2005
  • 64. Industry follow-up 2004
  • 65. Museum Meeting 2004
  • 66. Aug 2004 Board Meeting DC
  • 67. Museum Meeting 2/2004
  • 68. Shelly DC- Feb 2004
  • 69. Development/Executive meetings 2003-2004
  • 70. Development and membership2004
  • 71. Projects in Flux Alliance 2004
  • 72. David Roth/ Alliance 2004
  • 73. Fundraising AAQ 2004
  • 74. Bernie Re QSOS backlog 6/2004
  • 75. Feb 2004 BOD meeting restaurants too!
  • 76. Board Meeting/ Details Aug 2005

Box 6

  • 1. Raffle Quilt Folder 2004
  • 2. Membership AAQ
  • 3. Guild and Membership RAFFLE AAQ initiatives 2004
  • 4. Alliance E.O.Y and Budgets 2004
  • 5. Board Meeting papers 8/2003
  • 6. August Board Meeting 2003 Cal Information
  • 7. Guest Book/ San Francisco 8/2003
  • 8. Alliance- Press, Guild letters, Honor Roll
  • 9. Avent/Rossetti Prospect 2003
  • 10. Industry Solicitations 2003
  • 11. Orientation information for Executive Director 2003
  • 12. Development Docs. Industry/individual 2003
  • 13. Laura’s time 2003
  • 14. Industry Correspondence, proposal 2003-2004
  • 15. K.B./N.O. Information 2003
  • 16. Herman, Bernie - Bios/ Articles 2003
  • 17. Press Lists 2003
  • 18. Index grants 2003
  • 19. Par Conversations 2003
  • 20. Mary Austin inventory discussions 2003
  • 21. Grinnell expedition 2003
  • 22. Website digital committee 2003
  • 23. The 10,000 Quilt Question 2002-2003
  • 24. Chicago event follow-up AVG 2002 lists
  • 25. QSOS/2002./2003
  • 26. Pins Quote Re: Judy Kriehn 2002
  • 27. OT 2002/2003
  • 28. Budgets 2002/2003
  • 29. Development Committee minutes 2002/2003
  • 30. Alliance Executive Committee/ Topics Discussions 2002
  • 31. QSOS/ Pager 2002
  • 32. Industry Fundraising Master 2002
  • 33. January Board Meeting 2003
  • 34. Chicago meeting August 23, 2003
  • 35. Future Committee 4/2002
  • 36. January Board Meeting 2002
  • 37. Alliance Logo Art 2002
  • 38. Website Discussions 2002
  • 39. End of the year Alliance Letters 2002
  • 40. Follow up New York Event 2002/ Misc. Lists
  • 41. Alliance/Quilt Articles 2002
  • 42. Alliance Letter Head 2002
  • 43. Texas Proposal Comments 9/2002
  • 44. Chicago Event 8/2002
  • 45. Development Committee Work 2001/2002
  • 46. Quilter Index Issues 9/2002

Box 7

  • Planning and organization for The Alliance for American Quilts: Notes, August 1995
  • The Alliance for American Quilts, cassette tapes of meetings: August 11, 1995, 4 tapes; August 12, 1995, 2 tapes; November 3, 1996, 4 tapes

Box 8

  • 1. Business information: Insurance and appraisal
  • 2. Business information: Insurance and appraisal
  • 3. Business information: Heart and Hands, Japan 1993-1994
  • 4. Business information: Examples of imported reproduction quilts, 1990-1997
  • 5. Business information: Correspondence with Carolyn Maruggi re: imported reproduction quilts, 1992
  • 6. Business information: Notes, lists, 1986-1995
  • 7. Donations: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1991
  • 8. Donations: "Old Maid," 1871
  • 9. Donations: JB Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY 1994
  • 10. Donations: Bottle cap art: Figure and Wishing Well
  • 11. Donations: Museum of American Folk Art, New York City, NY 1994
  • 12. Donations: "The Saddlebred Horse" circa 1900
  • 13. Donations: "Spinning Wheels" circa 1920
  • 14. Donations: "Deco Christmas Wreath" circa 1930
  • 15. Donations: American Quilt Study Group, 1995
  • 16. Donations: "Folky Hearts Applique" circa 1880
  • 17. Donations: Kentucky Museum of Western Kentucky University, 1995
  • 18. Donations: "Hatfield & McCoy" circa 1940
  • 19. Donations: Museum of American Folk Art, New York City, NY 1995
  • 20. Donations: "Century of Progress, 1833-1933" 1933
  • 21. Donations: Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, 1997
  • 22. Donations: "A Curiosity Bedspread" 1935
  • 23. Donations: Donation of quilts, re: Bruce Roth 1996
  • 24. Sales: Quilts sold, 1996
  • 25. Sales: JB Speed Art Museum, 2006
  • 26. Sales: "Princess Feather with oak leaves" circa 1880

Box 9

  • 1. Manuscript and original photos and slides (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 2. Working papers (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 3. Contributors letter, 1994-1997 (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 4. Correspondence, American publishers, 1995- (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 5. Correspondence with publisher (including agreement), 1995 (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 6. Correspondence with publisher, 1996 (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 7. Correspondence with publisher, 1997 (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 8. Correspondence about the book, 1997 (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 9. Kristen Herbert of Sarabande Books (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 10. Strategic planning (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 11. Color cover (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 12. Requests for blurbs (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 13. Public relations (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 14. Promotional materials (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 15. Advertising (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 16. Media lists (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 17. Distributors (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 18. Shipping to Louisville (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 19. Pricing and shipping charges (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 20. Comp list (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 21. Order forms (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 22. Follow up (American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces)
  • 23. Reviews and articles: Bets Ramsey review in Chattanooga Times, August 14, 1997
  • 24. Reviews and articles: Quilt Connection (Museum of American Folk Art), Fall 1997
  • 25. Reviews and articles: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), September 17, 1997
  • 26. Reviews and articles: Antiques and the Arts Weekly, September 19, 1997
  • 27. Reviews and articles: Community (Louisville, KY), September 26, 1997
  • 28. Reviews and articles: Country Living, October 1997
  • 29. Reviews and articles: Daily Mississippian, November 4, 1997
  • 30. Reviews and articles: American Quilter’s Society book catalog, 1998
  • 31. Reviews and articles: Maine Antiques Digest, January 1998
  • 32. Reviews and articles: New York - Pennsylvania Collector, January 1998
  • 33. Reviews and articles: The Voice-Tribune (Louisville, KY), February 4, 1998
  • 34. Reviews and articles: Antiques and the Arts Weekly, April 10, 1998
  • 35. Reviews and articles: The Paducah (KY) Sun's EXTRA! April 22, 1998
  • 36. Reviews and articles: C&T Publishing catalog, Spring/Summer 1998 and Fall/Winter 1998
  • 37. Reviews and articles: Antique Journal, May 1998
  • 38. Quilts and quilters files: Miscellaneous quilt histories
  • 39. Quilts and quilters files: African American quilts
  • 40. Quilts and quilters files: "Album of Inventors," 1933
  • 41. Quilts and quilters files: "Album Quilt" 1854 (Sarah Ann Wilson)
  • 42. Quilts and quilters files: "Album Quilt" 1859 (Gertrude Wilson)
  • 43. Quilts and quilters files: Applique quilts
  • 44. Quilts and quilters files: "Cows" circa 1900
  • 45. Quilts and quilters files: "Garfield and Arthur" circa 1880
  • 46. Quilts and quilters files: "Graphic Sunburst" circa 1880
  • 47. Quilts and quilters files: "Grape Arbor" 1885
  • 48. Quilts and quilters files: Honeycomb center
  • 49. Quilts and quilters files: Indian quilts, various dates
  • 50. Quilts and quilters files: "Map" circa 1920
  • 51. Quilts and quilters files: "Mother-in-law" circa 1930
  • 52. Quilts and quilters files: "Paradise Garden" 1935
  • 53. Quilts and quilters files: "Settling of the American West," 1932
  • 54. Quilts and quilters files: "Ships" 1933
  • 55. Quilts and quilters files: "Sun sets on Sunbonnet Sue"1979
  • 56. Quilts and quilters files: "Sunday School Picnic" 1932
  • 57. Quilts and quilters files: Sarah May Taylor
  • 58. Quilts and quilters files: "Touching Stars" circa 1860
  • 59. Quilts and quilters files: "Two Female Campers," 1922 and "Two Ladies Dressed in Lingerie," 1925 (Cora Scovil, quilt artist)
  • 60. Quilts and quilters files: "Wedding Sampler" no date
  • 61. Quilts and quilters files: Anna Williams, 1927-

Notebooks/binders

  • 1984 (Inventory binder)
  • Quilts Master list - 1985-1988 (Inventory binder)
  • 1985 (Inventory binder)
  • 1986 (Inventory binder)
  • 1987 (Inventory binder)
  • 1989 (2) (Inventory binders)
  • Master list, January -June 1990 (Inventory binder)
  • Photo catalog, 1990-1991 (Inventory binder)
  • July-December 1990 (Inventory binder)
  • January-June 1991 (Inventory binder)
  • July-December 1991 (Inventory binder)
  • 1992 (Inventory binder)
  • 1993 (Inventory binder)
  • 1994 (Inventory binder)
  • 1995 (Inventory binder)
  • 1996 (Inventory binder)
  • 1997 (Inventory binder)
  • 1998 (Inventory binder)
  • 1999 (Inventory binder)
  • 2000 (Inventory binder)
  • Show photos - 1984-1991
  • Show photos - 1987-1989
  • Show photos - 1992-1999
  • Shelly Zegart Collection sold, 1996