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Cozart, Dorothy , 1921-



  • Existence: 1921


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.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Dorothy Cozart, Collection on Quilts

Identifier: MS-0288
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1979-1996