Unlike most state quilt documentations, this phase of the research for this project was conducted by folklorists based in universities and funded by grants from the state folklife program, housed in the Office of Cultural Development in the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism. This funding and support made it possible to develop a project website with a searchable database and to process the documentation materials under the supervision of data coordinator Kerry Davis Byargeon.
In addition to this research done in 2001-2008, the project includes data from earlier volunteer efforts. The first one-the Louisiana Quilt Project-begun in Northwest Louisiana by Judy Godfrey and Sandra Todaro in 1987, surveyed quilts made until 1945. From 1987-1990, this project expanded beyond the Shreveport area with quilt registries held across the state. Research records were deposited in the Louisiana State Archives at Baton Rouge, where they remain. Thanks to the generosity of these researchers and the Archives, that data was duplicated and included in the present Louisiana Quilt Documentation Project. Other additions were quilts documented in 1997 to locate quilts for a 1998 quilt exhibition at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe. These combined efforts have documented over 2600 quilts across the state. The project includes not only historic quilts, but also contemporary quilts made by traditional quilters, guild quilters, fiber artists, and even a community quilting group that made quilts for hurricane survivors.
Ongoing and still entering data, the Louisiana project invites museums and quiltmakers to document their Louisiana quilts for inclusion. The project website provides documentation forms and instructions and presents its quilts, as well as essays on quilt terms, quilt care, and featured quilts and quiltmakers. Long-term plans include a traveling exhibition and a publication on Louisiana quilts.
Credits and AcknowledgementsProject Director: Susan Roach
Project Data Coordinator: Kerry Davis Byargeon
Database Design and Webmaster: Greg Wirth, Louisiana Office of Cultural Development
Editorial Assistance: Maida Owens, Folklife Program, Louisiana Division of the Arts
Website Design: Matt Johnson
Website Support: Tamika Edwards Raby
Image Processing and Data Entry: Kerry Davis Byargeon, Laura Wade, Traece Tullos, Katrina Parker, Matt Johnson, Corey Whaley
Funding: Supported by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts
2001-2008 Photographs and Interviews: Susan Roach, Laura Westbrook, Sarah Lewis, Dayna Lee, Kerry Davis Byargeon, Peter Jones, Traece Tullos, Katrina Parker, Matt Johnson, Stephanie Pepper Sims. Volunteers: Nicole Taylor, Susan Muller, Martha Gilbert, Ladye Harveston, Sheila Haynes, Shelby McDuff, Jean Oldham, Emily Prichard, Camillia Parker, David Sims, Nick Tullos, and others
1997: Masur Museum Photographs and Interviews: Marion Callas, Michael Luster, Susan Roach
1987-1990: Louisiana Quilt Project (begun as Caddo-Bossier Quilt Search and expanded) Project directors/organizers: Judy Godfrey and Sandy Todaro; Volunteer Coordinator: Pat Lonnecker
Archives and Collections: Louisiana State Archives, Masur Museum of Art, Louisiana State Museum, Louisiana State University Textile Museum