Guide to the MAH Textile – Hat Collection (1840s – 1969)

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This collection was assembled by many people.  It was donated to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History by many indiviudals on multiple dates.


Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Archives
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


This collection consists of used and unused hats of various styles and by various designers and manufactures.  Many of these hats are undated and some may be reproductions.  There are two reasons for wearing a hat.  One is as head cover to protect the wearer from cold or inclement weather.  The other is as a fashion accessory to be noticed.  Hats were popular until World War II when they were impractical to wear because of the need to rush to air raid shelters.  Nowadays hats are worn for special occasions or as head protection.

MAH Textile Collection-Headwear (.xlsx)


The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Date Completed