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Elizabeth Szabronski-Carrie A. Hall quilt block research

Call Number: RH MS 1578


This collection includes a cross-referenced index of Elizabeth Szabronski’s quilt block pattern collection and Carrie A. Hall’s collection of hand drawn quilt block patterns. These patterns correspond to completed quilt blocks in the Helen Spencer Museum of Art collection at the University of Kansas.


  • Creation: approximately 1920s-1974


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


2.5 Linear Feet (approximately 2.5 linear feet (8 card file boxes))

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS 1578

Custodial History

Carrie A. Hall (1866-1955) was a Leavenworth, Kansas-based seamstress, quilt pattern collector, and author of the book The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America. In the book she describes setting out in the 1920s and 1930s to make a block of every quilt pattern she could find. Her sources included magazines and newspapers, including the Kansas City Star, which printed patterns at that time. In 1938 Hall donated 1,057 quilt blocks, envelopes of hand-drawn patterns, various quilting books, patterns, and pamphlets to The Spooner-Thayer Museum at the University of Kansas.

Elizabeth Szabronski (1908-1999) lived in Levittown, New York and had a collection of quilt patterns from books, magazines, and newspapers. She created a cross-referenced index of all the patterns in her collection, including their various monikers. She subscribed to various quilt pattern publications such as Little N’ Big, Aunt Kate’s Quilting Bee, and Hobbies Crafts and Quilt News. Other sources for patterns included the Stearns and Foster Company, the Old Chelsea Station Needlecraft Service, and various women’s magazines. She noted these publications on her pattern index cards.

When Szabronski retired to Gulfport, Florida in 1974, she donated her quilt block research collection, including books, pamphlets, newspapers and her index to the Spooner-Thayer Museum because, she wrote, “I knew Carrie Hall’s blocks were there and somehow I felt they should be together.”

In 1978 the University of Kansas moved its entire art collection, including the Hall/Szabronski quilt collection, to the newly built Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art. Elizabeth Szabronski’s index cards and Carrie Hall’s hand-drawn patterns were transferred to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library in 2022 to make them more accessible to the public. Most of Hall’s patterns in this collection correspond to her quilt blocks in the Helen Spencer Museum of Art collection.

[Information retrieved from Barbara Brackman’s article, “The Hall/Szabronski Collection at the University of Kansas” in Uncoverings, 1982 and from the Spencer Research Library accession file.]

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Carrie Hall, 1938; Elizabeth Szabronski, 1974. Transferred from the Spencer Museum of Art, 2022.

Related Materials

Carrie A. Hall (1866-1955) quilt blocks, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas.

Kaw Valley Quilters Collection, RH MS 695, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Guide to the Szabronski-Hall quilt block research
Elizabeth Szabronski-Carrie A. Hall quilt block research
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Szabronski-Hall quilt block research collection, RH MS 1578, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States