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Dorothy Cozart, Collection on Quilts

Title: Dorothy Cozart, Collection on Quilts

Creator: Cozart, Dorothy Mary Thomas, 1921-2002

Collector: American Quilt Study Group

Dates: 1979-1996

Quantity: 1 box (0.5 linear feet)

Collection Number: MS 0288

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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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

Container List: 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 Festival," 1986-1992 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

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