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Bonnie Morley, Quilt Papers

Identifier: MS-0524

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of scrapbooks, a quilt diary, quilt patterns and designs, articles and publications, correspondence, photographs, and historical documents about quilt artists Alice Zwanck and Joseph Raffael.


  • 1908-2009


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 Shanghai, China, Bonnie Morley, also spelled Bonny Morley, and otherwise known as Bonita Jessica Morley (1940-2020), started quilting at the age of 16 when Alice Zwanck, a youth group counselor from the St. John's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, started the Young Ladies Quilting and Cookie Society. Morley's first quilt was shown at the California State Fair in 1958. Morley founded the Dorcas Hand Quilters club and served as a mentor for many years.


7.25 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials


  • Quilters Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
  • Quilts Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
  • Scrapbooks Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Finding aid prepared by Sarah Glover and Jaxon Gilner, 2022.
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States