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Mary Catherine Lamb, Quilt Artists, International Quilt Museum (IQM) Records

Identifier: RG-61-08-30

Scope and Contents

The records consist of art and teaching materials including fabric samples, designs, publications, and original artwork.


  • 1988-2004, undated


Conditions Governing Access

The records 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 records or their designees. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Oakland, California, in 1949, Mary Catherine Lamb's quilts sought to reframed traditional Roman Catholic iconography. Lamb saved mementos from her childhood and years later stumbled upon them when clearing out her family home. By this time a disaffected Catholic, Lamb began to make art quilts and, as she said, "embrace the images in a completely different way, on my own terms." Lamb made at least a dozen quilts that re-interpreted religious art produced during the Medieval and Renaissance periods. She drew particular inspiration from The Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the Gospels drawn by monks in Britain or Ireland around 800 C.E. Using mid-twentieth-century domestic linens and clothing discovered at thrift stores and garage sales in Portland, Oregon, Lamb transformed the images into textile works. Lamb died in Portland, Oregon, in 2009.

Source: Medieval Imagery in the Quilts of Mary Catherine Lamb, International Quilt Museum. Date accessed: December 1, 2022.


6 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 1 OS folder)

Language of Materials


  • Quilters Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
  • Quilts Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Religion Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
Finding aid prepared by Sarah Glover, 2022.
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Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

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