The Alliance for American Quilts is an amazing organization. It was established in 1993 with it's mission to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage. With only one full time employee, one part time worker and a great deal of hard work by it's Board and other volunteers they have gathered together an incredible amount of information. They have been extremely successful in working with other organizations to accomplish all this. Their site offers several ways you can explore and contribute to this project.
The rapidly growing Quilt Index will have as many as 50,000 quilts posted online along with documentation information by the end of 2009. This means we can search, view and read about these quilts in the process of our research or just for our own enjoyment. I often search and view quilts of a given style or period when I want to see the variety of ways they were made.
Boxes Under the Bed encourages the documentation of quilt related ephemera including books, newspapers, magazines, kits and patterns. The goal is to not only encouraged more documentation but to eventually have a central way that it can be shared.
Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories is a program in which volunteers capture the voices and stories of quiltmakers. You can search and read stories that have already been recorded but in addition you can learn to do you own interviews. Think how many quilters in your community have stories to tell. We need to collect them while we still can.
Quilt Treasures documents the 20th Century American Quilt Revival. You will find information including photos, biographies and interviews with leaders in this quilting revival. Included are Jinny Beyer, Cuseta Benberry, Jean Ray Laury and several others. You will feel like you've gotten to know each person after examining their materials.
The Quilt Index Wiki is their newest project. You can get involved by adding information on Documentation Projects, Museums, Libraries, Archives, Historical Societies (for institutions with quilts and quilt related holdings), and Oral Histories. You can also use it as a resource to find information about these topics.