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The Jonathan Holstein Quilt Collection and the Holstein Collection of Archival Materials includes more than 400 quilts, numerous quilt-related items, and hundreds of documents. The gift in 2003 to the University of Nebraska Foundation came from both Jonathan Holstein, collector and author, and Ardis and Robert James, benefactors responsible for the formation of the International Quilt Study Center.

More than thirty years ago, Holstein, of Cazenovia, New York, and his partner, Gail van der Hoof discovered pieced quilts made in Pennsylvania. Holstein describes "...a moment of instant recognition when our mutual interest in art, particularly modern art, Gail's interest in handcrafts, and my interest in folk art and early American domestic history and its associated objects, all converged." Holstein and van der Hoof were drawn to quilts that appealed to them visually, particularly examples that often bore startling resemblances to modern art. The collection represents many years of intensive collecting across the United States on the part of two people with sophisticated knowledge and taste in both American design and modern art.

The collection is one of the most historically important collections in existence: the quilts represent the most exhibited, reproduced and seen of any American quilts. It includes a group of 60 quilts shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1971, more than 100 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and Midwestern Amish quilts and approximately 240 pieced and applique quilts from Pennsylvania. Holstein's extensive archival records cover the period from the late 1960s, when he first began to collect and study quilts, to the present time.

The group of quilts assembled for the 1971 exhibition "Abstract Design in American Quilts" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York is regarded by most quilt scholars as in

The show is objects in space and sculpture, and it removes the pre-conception of quilts as private and valueless. The show is objects in space and sculpture, and it removes the pre-conception of quilts as private and valueless.