Shelby State Community College

Title

Shelby State Community College

Subject

Introduction to Patchwork and Quilting

Description

This document is from Shelby State Community College (today: Southwest Community College) to Marilyn Califf. Mrs. Califf was asked to teach an Introduction to Patchwork and Quilting in the Fall on Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. She was paid $15 per teaching hour or a total of $180 for the course. Tuition for this class was $15.00. In the 70’s, it seems like $15/hr is low for teaching at a community college. The Feminist movement was beginning to take off during the 70s, but it seems that women were still highly underpaid, compared to their male counterparts.

Marilyn Califf was an avid teacher and she taught these classes to keep quilting alive and to help others appreciate quilts as much as she did. In addition to her class at Shelby State Community College, she conducted quilting workshops for the Memphis Artist-Craftsman’s Association, lectured on Art for the Memphis Jewish Welfare Fund, and was an instructor in painting for the Peabody Center for Senior Citizens. When she was not teaching, Califf volunteered much of her time at the Suicide and Crisis Center where she counseled people in crisis situations by phone.

Creator

Linda C. Brasfield

Source

MSS 130, Box 1, Folder 10

Publisher

University of Memphis Libraries

Date

July 16, 1974

Rights

Digital Image © 2016, University of Memphis Libraries Preservation and Special Collections Department. All rights reserved.

Files

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Collection

Citation

Linda C. Brasfield, “ Shelby State Community College,” Making an Impact: The Lives of Tennessee Women, accessed January 19, 2018, http://umhist4851.omeka.net/items/show/138.