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Joanna S. Rose, Quilt Papers

Identifier: MS-0483

Scope and Contents

The papers contain quilt exhibit catalogs, a guest book, promotional and media campaign materials, correspondence, articles and news clippings, design and layouts, agreements and proposals, photographs, and souvenirs from the exhibit "Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts" at the American Folk Art Museum in 2011. The papers also contain photo albums of the quilts of Joanna Rose, publicity related to various exhibits, an autograph book, and materials related to the International Quilt Museum. The papers contain some digital and audiovisual materials.


  • 1888-2021


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are only minimally processed but are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with the University of Nebraska. Copyrights are retained by the creators of the papers or their designees. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Orange, New Jersey, in 1930, Joanna Semel Rose served as chairwoman of Parisian Review Magazine, co-founded the Harlem Educational Activities Fund, and worked on a variety of art and humanities organizations. She worked as a production assistant for the film, "The Barefoot Contessa," and was elected to the Academy of Arts in 2012. Rose was well known for her collections of art, oriental rugs, quilts, rare wine, and cookbooks. Her collection of 651 red and white American patchwork quilts were exhibited in "Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts," at the American Folk Art Museum in honor of her 80th birthday in 2011. The quilt collection is housed at the International Quilt Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Rose died in New York City in 2021.


9.95 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

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Related Materials

See also The Joanna S. Rose Collection of Red and White Quilts at the International Quilt Study Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Finding aid updated by Sarah Glover and Jaxon Gilner, 2023.
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