AQSG Research Library Collection

The AQSG Research Library Collection is composed of approximately 5,000 books, journals, and exhibition catalogs. Each of these items has been cataloged and is a part of the University of Nebraska, UN-L Libraries online catalog. Tips for search and retrieving quilt-related materials are provided online.


The Sally Garoutte Core Collection

Also in the collection are the research materials and ephemera collections developed by AQSG and Sally Garoutte. These collections are located in the Archives and Special Collections, in Love Library on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln city campus. Additional materials include the papers and records of quilt historians, quilt makers, and quilt guilds and associations, and selected collections of textile swatches. The papers include correspondence, newsletters, press releases, news articles, exhibit posters, photographs, slides, swatch books, a wide variety of quilt-related materials, and materials on textiles. Online finding aids for the materials assist in providing access to interested patrons and researchers.

Searching for Information

To search for quilt and textile related materials at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries:

  • Go to
  • Click on: UNL Libraries Catalog.
  • You may do a search by title, author, subject or keyword. Your search will show if the book is available or currently checked out.
  • Some books in the Special Collection cannot be removed from the library. These are noted as LIB USE ONLY.
  • To search for the entire listing of the American Quilt Study Group Research Library Collection:
    • Click on: "Keyword"
    • Type: "American Quilt Study Group"
  • To search for books in the Sally Garoutte Collection:
    • Click on: "Keyword"
    • Type: "Sally Garoutte"

Obtaining the Information

Materials in the AQSG Research Library Collection are available to the entire membership, regardless of their location through interlibrary loan. Items from Sally Garoutte's personal library, rare books, and exhibition catalogs housed in Archives and Special Collections are available through inter-library loan under exceptional situations and on a case-by-case basis. Materials from Special Collections are loaned only to a special collection reading room at the borrowing library.

AQSG members should request interlibrary loan through their local libraries. Please have interlibrary loan staff note on the request that the materials are part of the American Quilt Study Group Research Library Collection. Journal articles are usually delivered electronically. Books and other materials are mailed to the requesting library. For books and other materials sent to the requesting library, the patron pays the return postage. Staff at the requesting library sometimes charge patrons to process interlibrary loan requests.