Dorothy Cozart, Collection on Quilts
Title: Dorothy Cozart, Collection
Creator: Cozart, Dorothy
Mary Thomas, 1921-2002
Collector: American Quilt
box (0.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: MS
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Preferred Citation: Dorothy Cozart, Collection on Quilts (MS 0288). Archives & Special Collections,
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.
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Dorothy Cozart was born to DeWitt and Daisy Newcomb Thomas in Manchester, Oklahoma, in 1921.
She married Hugh Cozart during World War II before he went overseas in 1943. After the war they
lived on his family farm, established in 1893, in Waukomis, Oklahoma. They had a daughter Marcia
Cozart Greenwood and a son Wayne Cozart.
Cozart graduated from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, and earned a Master's degree in
English from Oklahoma State University. She taught high school and college English and writing.
She had wide interests in Oklahoma regional history, including native plant gardening and
quilting. She focused on quilts in literature and fundraising quilts. Subsequently, she became
the first to study and define these signature quilts. She connected an Oklahoma museum quilt
made by Anna Catherine Markey Garnhart to its Virginia relatives.
As a founding member of the American Quilt Study Group, Cozart published several articles in
their research publication Uncoverings. Some of her writings
include: "Women and Their Quilts As Portrayed By Some American Authors," (Uncoverings 1981); "A Century of Fundraising Quilts: 1860-1960," (Uncoverings 1984); "An Early Nineteenth Century Quiltmaker and Her Quilts," (Uncoverings 1986); "The Role and Look of Fundraising Quilts, 1850-1930,"
Jeannette Lasansky, Pieced by Mother: Symposium Papers, 1987; "Camille Nixdorf Phelan: Oklahoma
Quiltmaker," The Chronicles of Oklahoma, 1994.
Scope and Content:
The collection includes correspondence and numerous original items relating to quilt shows,
exhibits, conferences, and quilt contests. The majority of items are promotional flyers,
brochures, pamphlets, catalogs, and conference materials.
Cozart, Dorothy -- Correspondence
Quiltmakers -- United States -- Archives
Quilting -- United States -- History
Box 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1985-1991
Box 1. Folder 2. Quilt shows, American Quilter's Society Show and Contest, 1985-1989
Box 1. Folder 3. Quilt shows, 1979-1983
Box 1. Folder 4. Quilt shows, 1984-1986
Box 1. Folder 5. Quilt shows, 1987-1989
Box 1. Folder 6. Quilt shows, 1990-1992
Box 1. Folder 7. Quilt shows, 1993-1996 undated
Box 1. Folder 8. Quilt Contest, "Quilt America," 1990-1997
Box 1. Folder 9. Quilt Festival, "The Great American Quilt Contest and
Box 1. Folder 10. Quilt Festival, International, Houston, Texas, 1987-1992
Box 1. Folder 11. Quilt Conference, Missouri Quilt Conference, 1984
Box 1. Folder 12. Quilter's Retreat, San Francisco, California, 1986-1990
Box 1. Folder 13. Museum exhibits, catalogs, 1983-1995
Box 1. Folder 14. Quilt shops, advertisements, classes, undated
Box 1. Folder 15. Quilt advertisments, 1975-1988
Box 1. Folder 16. Newsletters, 1980-1992