University of Georgia rat cap collection

University of Georgia rat cap collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: University of Georgia rat cap collection
Creator: University of Georgia
Inclusive Dates: 1920-1962
Language(s): English
Extent: 2 Linear Feet (1 oversize box)
Collection Number: UA16-018
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Historical Note

Rat caps are an old University of Georgia tradition dating back at least to the 1920s. Beginning at registration, freshmen were required to wear red and black caps with a "G" (for Georgia) or an "F" (for freshman). The hazing ritual at this time demanded that freshman always where their rat cap or they would get their head shaved. The caps could be removed if Georgia beat Georgia Tech in football. However, if not, they were to be worn until the winter break.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of seven rat caps previously owned by UGA alumni.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

University of Georgia rat cap collection, UA16-018, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11"F" (freshman) cap owned by Ernest H. Thomas, 1920
12UGA belt owned by Ernest H. Thomas, circa 1920
13"SRT" (Senior Round Table) cap owned by William Tate, 1924
14"F" (freshman) newsboy style cap, owner unknown , 1927
15Red and black "G" cap, owner unknown, 1937
16Freshman rat cap owned by T. Dorsey, 1948
17Red and black "G" beanie owned by Cordelia "Dodie" Gray, 1959
18Red and black "G" kepi hat (commemorating the Civil War centennial). Owner unknown., circa 1962

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