Friday, February 19, 2016

Darned Hat Collection

Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, showed me something recently that led me to discover the NARA hat collection.

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Can anybody out there identify each hat type? Why, do you suppose, does NARA have a hat collection? How would you cite it?

Post your answers. I’ll give mine in a future article. (If you attended Judy’s SLIG course, please keep your answers private.)


  1. The sailor is wearing a "flat hat" it was part of the Navy uniform until the mid 1960s. I had one in my "sea bag".

  2. Where can I see this hat collection? I have a group of tin type photos I'm trying to id and three are several with hats.

  3. I would like to know where to find this, too. Can you tell us, please? Oh, and to answer: hats are, if I can wax a bit philosophical, revealing as to history. There are plenty of hats that have been used in wars. There are hats that were part of long-running periods of history (the bowler hat with early bankers, for instance). Hats are also culturally important, used in traditions and other things. While it may seem like a somewhat frivolous thing to keep a collection of, hats can really tell us something about the person wearing it or the time period that person was from.

  4. I'll reveal the location next Friday.



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