The Archive Committee is in the process of digitizing the Weavers Guild of Minnesota’s entire collection of newsletters. The newsletters are wonderful sources of information about weaving drafts, spinning techniques, and sources for natural dyes, as well as classes and workshops that have been taught, exhibitions that members took part in, and general history of the guild.

The first five years of the newsletter (1968–1972), called The Threadbender, have been digitized and are online at the Minnesota Digital Library’s Minnesota Reflections. This is the same site that has digital copies of Hilma Berglund’s Christmas cards and other documents relating to the founding of the guild.

The remainder of the newsletters (both Threadbender, the later Minnesota Weaver‘s, and the modern digital versions), will be added to Minnesota Digital Library soon. In the meantime, Karen Searle, who was the first editor of the Minnesota Weaver, donated the first five years to the On-Line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related Topics at the University of Arizona. They can be viewed here; click on ‘PDF’ at the end of each line to view the entire newsletter.  A partial index is included here.

Enjoy browsing!

–WGM’s Archive Committee

WGM’s Archive Committee meets roughly once per month at WGM. Please email Francie Iverson for more information.