A0001 – Boynton Beach City Library Quilters Collection


Creator(s): Boynton Beach City Library Quilters
 Date span: 1979-2013                
 Physical description: 4.83 linear feet (7 boxes) 
 Language note: Materials entirely in English 
 Closed or open collection: Open



Restriction on access: The collection is available for supervised use by appointment during normal Boynton Beach City Library hours. Users are required to complete a registration form and comply with the library’s regulations governing use.

Terms governing use and reproduction: Materials in the collections are to be used for private study, scholarship, or research in accord with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). The Boynton Beach City Library adheres to all conditions specified in the law when providing reproductions of copyrighted material. Any use of a reproduction in excess of “fair use," may result in the user’s liability for copyright infringement.

Separated Material: Additional information relating to the Boynton Beach City Library Quilters is available in the Boynton Beach City Library Archives and Local History Collection, located in A0004 Boynton Woman’s Club Collection.

Acquisition information: Administrative records from the files of Virginia Farace (2016.005); Florida History Quilt and handmade book (in binder) The History of the Florida History Quilt donated to the Boynton Beach City Library by the Boynton Beach Library Quilters (2007.005)

Custodial history: Administrative records were collected by Virginia Farace in her duties as the Director of the Boynton Beach City Library from 1970-2006; the Florida History Quilt and the book describing its origins were created by Grace Pruitt and the Boynton Beach Library Quilters, and donated to the Boynton Beach City Library after the quilt’s completion in 1986. 

Preferred Citation: Collection title including series, box, and folder numbers, Boynton Beach City Library Local History Archives.



Historical Note: 
Quilters started meeting at the Boynton Beach City Library in October 1979 under the guidance and instruction of Connie Baish, a retired library staff member, who offered to conduct weekly quilting sessions at the library. Sponsored by the Boynton Beach City Library, the Boynton Beach Library Quilters were formed to share quilting information, to educate those wishing to learn the skill, to perpetuate quilting as an art form and cultural expression, to provide a social group with similar interests, and to promote and support the library. Since 1979, the Quilters have met every Thursday morning and created quilts that are sold to the public. All the profits of the quilts have been donated to the library to support quilting collection development, youth programming, and the archives. From 1984 to 2001 an annual quilt show was held at the Boynton Woman’s Club and the proceeds were split between the Womans Club and the library. Since 2001, quilts are displayed and sold in the library year-round. 

Scope and Content Note: 
Papers of the Boynton Beach City Library Quilters, including information for members; member directories; correspondence; clippings; papers, photographs, and slides concerning annual quilt show; scrapbooks; and the “Florida History Quilt” and a binder containing the original pencil drawings for the quilt squares (1982-1986).

Boynton Beach City Library Quilters--Archives
Libraries--Societies, etc.--Archives
Friends of the library--Archives
Quilting--Societies, etc.
Quilting--Societies, etc.--Archives
Florida--Boynton Beach
Boynton Beach (Fla.)--History--Archives

Arrangement Note: 

Arranged chronologically by series. The collection consists of nine series: 

Series 1 is information about the Boynton Beach Library Quilters organizational history, and consists of: packets distributed to new quilters (equipment needed, quilting facts, color/design guidelines, planning a project, checklist); notes and correspondence regarding the Quilters participation in forming the Palm Beach County Quilters’ Guild; Proclamation by the City of Boynton Beach in honor of the 10th Quilt Gathering in 1993. 

Series 2 consists of bibliographies of Boynton Beach City Library books pertaining to quilting. 

Series 3 is correspondence that pertains to the Boynton Beach Library Quilters. 

Series 4 consists of member directories with the phone number and mailing address for each quilter.

Series 5 includes loose news clippings about the Boynton Beach Library Quilters and advertisements for the annual Quilt Gatherings.

Series 6 is the Florida History Quilt (96” x 124”). The idea of a quilt representing historical and cultural aspects of Florida was conceived by Grace Pruitt in 1982. Ms. Pruitt, assisted by Virginia Robertson, made all of the pattern drawings. Members worked on the quilt either by making blocks, setting them, or quilting. The quilt is done entirely by hand and uses the techniques of piecing, appliqué, reverse appliqué, trapunto, shadow quilting, leaded glass, and free stitch embroidery. The border is Seminole patchwork in citrus and avocado colors and the sashing color represents the shrimp industry. The design represents natural beauty of the State of Florida, as well as the opportunities in the state: education, sports, industry, business, recreation, and history. It took four years to complete the quilt. Originally, it was to be donated to the Florida State Museum in Tallahassee or to the South Florida History Museum in Miami. However, the Quilters agreed that it should be given to the Boynton Beach City Library to be displayed in the newest library addition, completed in 1986.

In addition to the quilt, the series includes correspondence and press releases about the history and design of the quilt, loan requests for the quilt to be shown in other facilities, and an appraisal for the value of the quilt. 

The series also includes The History of the Florida History Quilt, which is a handmade book with the original patterns used for the quilt squares (with each quilter who made the square noted), information regarding the development of the quilt design, and news clippings that inspired the quilt squares.

Series 7 consists of information about the annual quilt shows at the Boynton Woman’s Club, formally called Quilt Gatherings. Included are programs, fliers, vendor information, press releases, lists of door prize winners and quilt voted favorite in each show, accounting records, color slides and photographs of entries and the events. Quilt Gatherings were held annually from 1984 through 1994, then on alternate years in 1996 and 1998. The last Quilt Gathering was held in 2001.

Series 8 includes photographs of the Boynton Beach Library Quilters. 

Series 9 includes two scrapbooks.

Processing Information: Collection processed in 2013 by Susan Swiatosz
Date of finding aid: 2016 July 14/sms; reworked 2019 Feb 19/gc



Series 1: Organizational History (undated-1993)
Box 1:
Folder 1: Information packets for new quilters, undated
Folder 2: Participation with Palm Beach County Quilters Guild, 1985
Folder 3: Super Volunteer Award, 1988 December
Folder 4: Proclamation by the City of Boynton Beach, 1993 March 2

Series 2: Bibliographies (1979-1984)
Box 1:
Folder 5: Quilter’s Bibliography, 1979
Folder 6: Quilting Bibliography, 1984

Series 3: Correspondence (1979-1999)
Box 1:
Folder 7: 1979-1999

Series 4: Member Directories (undated-1992)
Box 1:
Folder 8: undated
Folder 9: 1979
Folder 10: 1984 and 1986
Folder 11: 1989 and 1992

Series 5: News Clippings (1979-2013)
Box 1:
Folder 12: 1979
Folder 13: 1981-1989
Folder 14: 1990-1999
Folder 15: 2000-2013

Series 6: Florida History Quilt (1982-1992)
Box 1:
Folder 16: General information and correspondence, 1983-1992
Folder 17: Loan requests, 1986-1988
Folder 18: Appraisal, 1987 March 13

Box 6:
Item 1: Book: The History of the Florida History Quilt, 1982-1986

Box 7:
Item 1: Quilt: Florida History Quilt, 1982-1986

Series 7: Quilt Gatherings (1984-2002)
Box 1:
Folder 19: 1984

Box 2:
Folder 1: 1985
Folder 2: 1986
Folder 3: 1987
Folder 4: 1988

Box 3:
Folder 1: 1989
Folder 2: 1990
Folder 3: 1991
Folder 4: 1992
Folder 5: 1993
Folder 6: 1994
Folder 7: 1995 (no show held)
Folder 8: 1996
Folder 9: 1998
Folder 10: 2001
Folder 11: 2002 (no show held)

Series 8: Photographs (undated-2011)

Box 3:
Folder 12: undated: c 1980s
Folder 13: 1991 August: quilt
Folder 14: 2002 February 4: chiefly quilts
Folder 15: 2011: group photo, mostly identified

Series 9: Scrapbooks (1980-1987, 2005)

Box 4:
Item 1: “Quilts” scrapbook, 1980-1984. Includes histories of individual quilts, clippings, and photographs

Box 5:
Item 1: Untitled scrapbook, 1982-1987, 2005. Includes clippings, photos of individual quilts and events