Carolyn O’Bagy Davis, a fourth-generation descendant of Utah pioneers, has written 15 books on the history of archaeology, quilting, and western history. Her book, Hopi Summer, was named One Book Arizona 2011. She earned her B.A. degree in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1971. Carolyn lectures extensively to history, archaeology, and quilting groups around the country, and has curated many traveling museum exhibits including: “Goldie Tracy Richmond: Quiltmaker and Indian Trader,” “Hattie Cosgrove’s Mimbres Archaeology in the American Southwest,” “Quilting from the Hopi Mesas,” “Quilted All Day: The Quilts and Prairie Journals of Ida Chambers Melugin,” and “From Clay to Cloth: Hopi Pottery and Painted Quilts.”
Carolyn was the founding president of the Tucson Quilter’s Guild (1976) and also Old Pueblo Archaeology Center (1994). She has served on the board of the American Quilt Study Group, the Treasure Hill Foundation (Mimbres Culture preservation), the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society, and was recently inducted into the Society of Women Geographers (the women’s association affiliated with the Explorer’s Club; she was profiled in They Made Their Mark: An Illustrated History of the Society of Woman Geographers). Davis has appeared on Simply Quilts, a feature program on HGTV, American Quilter on Lifetime, and assisted with a film documentary on the history of Hopi Indian quilting produced with support from PBS. In September 2010, she was inducted into the Arizona Quilter’s Hall of Fame.
Willard J. Page, (1885-1958) — Carolyn is writing a biography and creating a traveling exhibit featuring landscape artist Willard J. Page who lived and worked in the Southwest in the 1930s and 1940s → willardpageartist.com
Kate Thomson Cory (1861-1958) — This work in progress is a biography of Kate Thomson Cory, a classically trained New York City artist who traveled west in 1905 to the Hopi Indian Reservation. Kate lived in the mesa-top villages among the Hopi people for seven years, photographing, painting, and writing. Leaving Hopi in 1912, Kate built a pueblo-style house and studio in Prescott, Arizona, where she spent the rest of her life.
Articles and Papers
- Harvard's Awatovi Expedition 1935-36, Magic of the Painted Room. A traveling exhibit of the Hopi Kiva Murals, catalog and exhibit text relating to the Harvard Expedition, sponsored by the Smithsonian, Harvard University, and the Museum of Northern Arizona.
- Quarterly columns on quilt history for Cranston Print Works, Webster, MA, 2003-2004
- Pearl Nuvangyaoma: Hopi Quilter, Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, July 2003
- Fannie and the Busy Bees, Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, January 2003
- Fannie and the Busy Bees, Uncoverings, 2002
- A Most Pleasant Madness: Eileen Windsor Alves 1873-1935 Amateur Archaeologist and Naturalist, The Artifact, 2000
- Goldie Tracy Richmond: Trapper, Trader and Quiltmaker, Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, April 2000
- Goldie Tracy Richmond: Indian Trader and Quiltmaker, Uncoverings, 1999
Quilters' S.O.S. — Save Our Stories, 2011-06-23
Carolyn interview — the 1,174th for the Q.S.O.S. project and the 6th for the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Q.S.O.S. sub-project.
Carolyn O'Bagy Davis
PO Box 85787, Tucson, AZ 85754
Arizona Historical Society
100 Years 100 Quilts
February - December 2012
Arizona State Museum
at the University of Arizona
Hopi Indian Quilts
From Clay to Cloth-Hopi Painted Pottery and Quilts
August 6 - December 31, 2016
Hopi Summer Story
May 5 - September 2012