OVERVIEW The Quilt Index is an open access, digital repository of thousands of images, stories and information about quilts and their makers drawn from hundreds of public and private collections around the world. User tools, such as search and compare, along with related quilt-related ephemera and publications facilitate extraordinary opportunities for inquiry and education. The Quilt Index is a digital humanities research and education project of Michigan State University's Matrix: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences. In addition to the images, stories, and information on quilts and their makers, the Quilt Index provides many resources to help users mine this data in research and education activities. These include:
- Essays, virtual versions of physical exhibitions, and other presentations have been developed or adapted for online presentation on the Quilt Index.
- Lesson plans present classroom activities built around specific quilts, groups of quilts, or collections using the Quilt Index database. The lesson plans consist of a description of the activity, materials required, audience or grade-level, education standards or benchmarks (when identified), additional resources, and quilt image records from the Quilt Index.
- Images and information on quilt-related ephemera.
- Bibliographies of secondary materials relevant to quilt study.
- Finding aids developed to assist researchers with locating hard-to-find quilt-related primary and secondary materials in public collections.