1. A Survey to Identify Collections

The Quilt Index (http://www.quiltindex.org/) is a growing online collection of quilts currently numbering over 50,000 records. The Quilt Index is a collaborative effort by several organizations, granting agencies, and contributors (http://www.quiltindex.org/contributors.php) as well as and hundreds of individuals. The Quilt Index hosts an extensive wiki-based resource of information about quilt documentation and quilt collections, as well as a digital library repository of quilt-related images and materials. To date nearly all collections in the QI repository come from the United States. It is our goal to develop the QI into an international repository.

This survey is designed to help us to 1) create a public listing of international collections of quilts and quilt documentation and 2) understand how best to move forward in creating international partnerships.

If you know about, own, or serve as custodian for quilt documentation, individual quilts, or quilt collections located outside the United States, we would be grateful if you would respond to this brief survey.

The survey contains 10 questions. You may submit multiple surveys to describe more than one collection.

Participation is voluntary. You can leave blank or skip any questions without penalty. You can withdraw at any time. You must be 18 years of age to participate.

Confidentiality: You will be asked to supply your email address, but you can complete the survey anonymously. To protect your confidentiality, contact information will not be made public. Your name and email will only be available to Quilt Index staff and the Michigan State University Institutional Review Board.

The first six questions ask you to describe the quilt collection. If you indicate in question #7 that you grant permission for the collection description to be made public, this description will be added to the public, online directory of international quilt collections. At any time, you may ask the Quilt Index staff to remove the description of your collection from the online directory.

Participation will take approximately 10-15 minutes. You will not receive any form of compensation for completing the survey.

Questions or Concerns?: If you have any concerns or questions about this research study, feel free to contact Dr. Marsha MacDowell, (Curator of Folk Arts, MSU Museum and Professor, Department of Art and Art History), office phone: 517-290-5195 email: macdowel@msu.edu. Or contact Dr. Dean Rehberger, Director, MATRIX; Michigan State University; office phone: 517-355-9300; e-mail: rehberge@msu.edu. Marsha or Dean will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this study and/or your participation in it.

Thank you for participating in the survey.

Best wishes,

The QI Internationalization Planning Team