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Hats by Post


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Hats by Post was a literary circular which published "poems, stories, snapshots, commentary, correspondence, and gripes." Before their first public publication in Spring 1997, hats*by*post was originally a "secret" publication that distributed a limited number of each issue (no more than 40 copies) to a small group of "literary-type friends." This tradition began with the publication's inception in the early sixties. When editors Brent Sirota '98 and Isaac Zaur '99 decided to take hats*by*post public, they were met with backlash from alumni who expected the publication would always remain a private literary work passed down through generations. Though upsetting to some, this change allowed hats*by*post to receive Students' Council funding and spread their experimental writing across Haverford campus. hats*by*post may also have evolved from a magazine called Zombie that was published by the English department for almost thirty years.

This collection contains seven issues of the Haverford literary circular hats*by*post. Issues of hats*by*post contain humorous "poems, stories, snapshots, commentary, correspondence, and gripes." Most issues contain a "hat-check," a sort of editorial note addressing readers, as well as a comedic call for submissions for their next issue. hats*by*post was published sporadically, ranging from zero editions to multiple editions a month.

Arranged chronologically

Processed by Lauryn White and Sarah Horowitz, completed November 2020. Additional description completed by Maia Schwallie, September 2022.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Lauryn White, Sarah Horowitz, and Maia Schwallie
Finding Aid Date
November, 2020
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Box 1

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