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Beanies of the Big Ten

Among the many traditions endured by the freshmen of the past, beanies are one of the most consistent across different college campuses, especially in the Big Ten. Of the fourteen schools currently in the conference, only Iowa* had no such tradition.

The details vary from campus to campus, but there are many similarities. Click through the hats at the top to find the common threads that tie all of their stories together as well as the differences that reflect each campus's unique culture. We hope you enjoy!

For more information about the archival collections these materials come from, click below:
*Where's Iowa?! As mentioned above, Iowa has no known tradition of beanies or other freshman headwear, but if you're interested in Iowa history, please visit some of the University Archives' online collections and exhibits.

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