Mary Campbell Ghormley Reading Room

The Mary Campbell Ghormley Reading Room is located on the third floor of the museum. This space was dedicated to longtime collector, researcher, and quilting teacher Mary Campbell Ghormley, by the members of the Lincoln Quilters Guild.

Visitors may relax in the comfortable seating, and use the computer available for additional research via University of Nebraska-Lincoln libraries or other internet resources.

Seven vignettes of doll quilts and doll furniture are displayed in the Reading Room. Mary Ghormley donated her extensive antique doll quilt collection to the museum, along with a selection of antique doll furniture. While visiting the Reading Room, guests may view a recorded lecture by Mrs. Ghormley.

Quilt Research using IQSCM and UNL Resources

To see photos and other information about quilts in the IQSCM collection

To access books, journals, and magazines

  • C.Y. Thompson, East Campus. The International Quilt Study Center & Museum is located a few blocks west of UNL’s C.Y. Thompson Library where the majority of the University's textile-related publications can be found. The library holdings in the area of quilt studies [more than 3,000 items] rank among the best in the nation. Items are shelved in open stacks with easy access to reference staff and to a photocopier. This circulating collection is available during regular library hours, including evenings and weekends. The library catalog record makes note of the location of every item. For more information about UNL Libraries or to access the library catalog:

  • Quilt Center Staff Library. The Quilt Center has a small closed collection for its staff. It contains duplicate copies of approximately 20% of the titles in C.Y. Thompson Library, plus a handful of unique titles. Researchers should begin their research at C. Y. Thompson. If the IQSCM library proves to be the only source for a unique title, call 402-472-6549 and make an appointment to view the item in the Quilt Center Reading Room between 10 AM and 4 PM Tuesday – Friday. This is a non-circulating collection. The Quilt Center does not have reference staff and only limited photocopy service is available.

  • Archives & Special Collections. UNL Archives & Special Collections is another resource available to researchers. This collection currently contains 43 quilt-related record and manuscript groups including the American Quilt Study Group Records [1872-2002], Jonathan Holstein Quilt Papers [1968-2002], and Studio Art Quilt Associates – SAGA [1991-2002]. Archives & Special Collections also has a small collection of quilt books, many of them duplicates of titles held at C. Y. Thompson Library. All items in Archives and Special Collections must be used in its reading room at 29 Love Library [City Campus] during the hours of 9 AM – 4 PM Monday through Friday. Photocopy service is available. For more information and to access finding aids:

To read graduate student papers available on the Digital Commons: [use “quilt studies” as the search phrase]

To listen to podcasts that cover specific areas of quilt history:

For a brief illustrated quilt history: