Guide to the Nantucket School of Needlery Oral History Collection, 2014

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Summary

The Nantucket School of Needlery opened in the 1960s, and contributed to the revival of handcrafts on the island until its relocation to North Adams, Mass., in 1975. In 2014, the Nantucket Historical Association collaborated with student researchers from the University of Massachusetts Boston to collect interviews from formers students: Elizabeth Gilbert, Suzanne Gardner, and Susan Boardman. Interviews were conducted by Daniel Morast, Katie Fortier, and Laura Kintz. Collection consists of three audio interviews with transcriptions.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
MS555
Title:
Nantucket School of Needlery Oral History Collection.
Date(s):
2014
Creator:
Nantucket Historical Association.
Repository:
Nantucket Historical Association
Language:
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Nantucket School of Needlery Oral History Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Received from Elizabeth Gilbert in 2014 (Acc. RL2014.94); Suzanne Gardner in 2014 (Acc. RL2014.95); and Susan Boardman in 2014 (Acc. RL2014.96).

Sensitive Materials Statement:

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Related Collections

  • MS 539 Nantucket Needlery Collection, 1959-1983. Nantucket Historical Association.
  • MS549 Julie Beinecke Stackpole Collection on Mary Ann Beinecke, 1961-2018. Nantucket Historical Association.
  • MS550 Mary Ann Beinecke Papers, 1963-1975. Nantucket Historical Association

Subject Headings

  • Personal Names
    • Gilbert, Elizabeth.
    • Boardman, Susan.
    • Fortier, Katie.
    • Gardner, Suzanne.
    • Kintz, Laura.
    • Morast, Daniel.
  • Corporate Names
    • Nantucket School of Needlery
  • Topical Terms
    • Needlework

Biographical Information

The Nantucket School of Needlery was founded by Mary Anne Beinecke (1927-2014) in the latter half of the 1960s. Originally located on Harbour Square on Straight Wharf and at 2 India Street in 1968, the school brought needlework experts from around the world to Nantucket, Mass. In addition to offering summer courses on Island, taught by the Nantucket Needlewomen, the School hosted international guest experts in many aspects of needlework and design. The School introduced Beinecke’s Home-Study Extension Course in 1969 as a distance-learning correspondence course that offered thirty-five lessons to be completed over approximately three years for a certificate. In 1975, the school moved to North Adams, Mass., becoming part of Mary Ann Beinecke’s new business, Textile Studios. The efforts of the Nantucket School of Needlery represent a portion of the craft revival taking place on island in the 1960s and 1970s.

In November 2014, the Nantucket Historical Association collaborated with student researchers from the University of Massachusetts Boston to collect interviews from formers students. Interviews were conducted by Daniel Morast, Katie Fortier, and Laura Kintz.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of three audio interviews with transcriptions.

Contents

OH-39: Interview with Elizabeth Gilbert, 2014 (Link)
OH-40: Interview with Susan Boardman, 2014 (Link)
OH-41: Interview with Suzanne Gardner, 2014 (Link)

Processing Information

Processed by NHA staff.
Finding aid by Alex McGrath, February 2020.

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