By: Nancy Gibson Tuckhorn
This research is Part I of a two-part survey based on the quilts and their donors at the DAR museum. It coincides with the 100-year anniversary of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum. I compiled this data from the DAR Museum’s automated collections management system.
The Quilt Collection at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum consists of 225 quilts. They are divided into nine primary categories. These are: 53 whitework; 83 pieced; 39 appliquéd; 17 pieced and appliquéd; 22 crazy; 16 cradle or doll; 6 wholecloth; 2 crewel-embroidered and 4 painted. Seventy seven were made prior to 1840. Seventy-three were made between 1870 and 1900 and 5 were made ager 1900. Dividing the United States into five geographic locations, 54 quilts were made in the Northeast; 28 in the mid-Atlantic; 55 in the Southeast; 35 in the Midwest; and 7 in the West. One hundred thirty-three quilts have known makers and fifteen have a history of being made by “a member of the . . . family.” Eleven have a history of being handspun, handwoven and made on a plantation by slaves.
The goal of this research is to provide quilt scholars with a published source describing the DAR Museum’s quilt collection.