Mildred Whaley McDonnell Interview Transcript July 11, 1985 Tape 16

AR.00027 Traditional Quilt Makers in New Mexico Survey

On July 11, 1985 Jeannette Lasansky interviewed quilter Mildred Whaley McDonnell. The interview was transcribed into typescript circa 1985-6, and the transcript was digitized May 23, 2017.

Mildred Whaley was born April 4, 1911, in Pennsboro, Ritchie County, West Virginia, to a family of German and Irish descent. She married Dores Lester McDonnell in St Mary's, West Virginia, on June 22, 1938. After her husband's death in 1963, Mildred Whaley McDonnell worked for West Virginia University (1964-1976). In 1978, she moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico.

McDonnell gathered patterns from family and friends, magazines, kits, batting wrappers, and books. She used both new and traded fabrics. "It's a good hobby and I enjoy it so very much and I love keeping occupied" she wrote on her 1985 survey form.

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July 11 1985 Date created
May 23 2017 Date modified
11 in (length) x 8 ½ in (width)
Curatorial Category
Textiles-United States and Canada, Textiles and Dress

Related people
Museum of International Folk Art (publisher)
Jeannette Lasansky (contributor)