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Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters Records

Identifier: RH-A-4371

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of documents, photos, DVDs, and photo books from the Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters (KLCQ) which includes material dated from 1979 to 2021.


  • Creation: 1979-2021


Biographical / Historical

The KLCQ was established in 1979 and had monthly meetings to get together for various reasons. There were exchanges of designs, quilts, blocks, and fabrics, shows, including a yearly quilt show in October, demonstrations of quilting, guest speakers, lectures, workshops, parties, discussions and presentations, classes, programs, retreats, made quilts and banners, quilted together, photographed quilts, and had slideshows. Eventually, a quilt archive was set up. Some of their quilts were even displayed in the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. At the meetings, vendors were allowed to sell their things, and members could also be vendors at meetings. They have had many meeting places over the years, including member’s houses, elementary schools, and churches. According to their website, the Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters exist to “promote quilt-making skills through education, fellowship and charitable service.” They have done service projects and made many donations, both monetary and in forms of quilts, to various organizations and charities, including the Kalamazoo Nature Center, YWCA Domestic Assault Shelter, Bronson Neonatal Care Unit, Hospice of Kalamazoo, Red Cross, Lovie Charity, and many more. Eventually, they got non-profit organization status for the KLCQ. The committee consists of or at one point consisted of: president/s, vice president/s, secretary, treasurer, membership, data entry, national workshops, quilt show, communication, charitable service, and fellowship. The members would all vote for the executive committee spots and voted on bylaws together. Dues from members were collected each year in order to rent meeting places and cover costs of the KLCQ. Membership cards and booklets were created for members, and monthly newsletters with questionnaires were sent out to members as well. The KLCQ started with 5 members in 1979 and in the 2020-2021 year they had 145 members.


2.5 Cubic Feet

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Physical Description

The collection amounts to 2.5 cubic feet of documents, photos, and DVDs which range in date from the KLCQ’s establishment in 1979, all the way through 2021. The documents are letter sized and include yearly summaries, newsletters, and minutes from meetings, as well as documents of their non-profit status, their bylaws, any publicity they received, finances, booklets with membership, operational manuals, and photos of their quilts. All documents are printed on white paper with black ink except for the newspapers which have some on colored paper or have images and the booklets which have colored paper for their covers. They are all in good condition.

Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters Records finding aid
Leo Gingerich; Stephanie Chapman
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490