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Hoodata Introduction
Hoodata 1 (Spring 1974)
Hoodata 2 (Summer 1974)
Hoodata 3 (Autumn 1974)
Hoodata 4 (Winter 1974/75)
Hoodata 5 (Spring 1975)
Hoodata 6 (Summer 1975)
Hoodata 7 (Autumn 1975)
Hoodata 8 (Summer 1977)
Hoodata 9 (Autumn 1978)
Hoodata 2.1 (April 1980)
Hoodata 2.2 (November 1980)
Hoodata 2.3 (May 1981)
Hoodata 2.4 (December 1981)

Issued free on "HOODATA"
receipt of stamped AN OCCASIONAL NEWSLETTER Edited by A E BIRT
addressed envelope

Number ONE (Spring 1974)


Judging by the number of enquiries received, a newsletter such as this is needed and likely to be much appreciated. Interest in academic dress seems to be growing and it is hoped this venture will prove to be interesting and useful.

The first edition of "HOODATA" is being produced and distributed at the Editor's own expense - future editions will be produced free but the burden of postal charges cannot be borne. IF YOU WOULD LIKE FUTURE EDITIONS, PLEASE SEND A SUPPLY OF STAMPED ADDRESSED ENVELOPES (3½p; postal rates are rising again in a few weeks). When your last envelope has been used, you will be informed. It is hoped to produce an edition of "HOODATA" every few months

Would readers please send to the editor the names and addresses of anyone who may be interested in receiving "HOODATA".


The Literate's Hood. For many years, non-graduate Anglican Clergy without a distinctive college hood have traditionally worn an all-black one but it is unfortunate that the hood shape is not specified as at present there is confusion. If the literate's hood is made in the full shape, it can so easily be mistaken for BD Oxon, Cantab, Dunelm or TCD, depending on the cut of the cape. A surprisingly large number of comments have been heard concerning literates going about (probably unintentionally) as bogus BDs. To argue that the proper BD hood is silk whereas the full shape literate's hood may be made of russell cord is not a sufficient differentiation. With modern fabrics, who can tell what each material is actually made from? Obviously, the shape for the literate's hood should be Oxford simple and then there will be no confusion.

S T A N D A R D---R E F E R E N C E S

The editor has the following reference books on academic dress:-

Haycraft's "Hoods...of the World..." - third, fourth and fifth editions

Shaw's "Academical Dress of British Universities"

Venables and Clifford's "Academic Dress of....Oxford"

and photocopies of particular pages could probably be supplied ion request. The above and the following books may be obtained from the National Central Library via your local library.

Wood's "Ecclesiastical and Academical Colours" 1875

Wood's "Degrees Gowns and Hoods of British (and World) Universities" 1882

Baty's "Academic Colours" 1934

Smith's "Academic Dress and Insignia of the World" 3 volumes 1970

In addition, "Pears Cyclopedia" has a few pages listing British university hoods. A few copies of the fifth edition of Haycraft's "Hoods...of the World" are still available price £4 plus postage 37p (IN STAMPS to be used on the parcel) from Dr C A H Franklyn, [address removed].

H O O D---I N F O R M A T I O N

The following hoods are not included in the fifth edition of Haycraft's book:

Open University BA Simple shape light-blue russell cord, faced inside with three inches of gold taffeta: BPhil Simple shape Royal-blue panama, faced inside with three inches of gold taffeta: MPhil Full shape light-blue russell cord fully lined and edged with a narrow band of gold taffeta: PhD: Full shape Royal-blue panama fully lined and edged with one inch of gold taffeta: DSc Full shape gold panama fully lined and edged with one inch of light blue taffeta edging [sic]: DLitt Full shape gold panama fully lined and edged with one inch of Royal-blue taffeta: DUniv Full shape Royal-blue panama fully lined and with one inch of light-blue taffeta edging.

St Michael's College, Llandaff Simple shape black stuff bound all round with gold silk and with inside facing of two inches of scarlet silk.

Southwark Ordination Course Simple shape, dark red damask lined with mid-grey silk.

St Peter's College, Jamaica (now part of the Faculty of Divinity, UWI) Simple shape black stuff edged all round with half-inch of red silk.

London College of Theology(a small private college which functioned from the mid-1940s to early 1950s) Simple shape black silk lined with grass-green silk.

Truro Ordination Course Full shape black stuff with the cowl lined for four inches of grey fur and the cape edged with one inch of grey fur. (This is a revival of the former Truro theological college hood)

Institute of Commerce - Fellow (FCI) Simple shape mauve silk edged with two inches of old-gold

(more new hoods in the next edition)

I N F O R M A T I O N---W A N T E D

In the index on page 125 of the fourth edition of Haycraft's book is the following information

Black hood, edged moss-green, simple shape - S. Colum. Theol. Hostel

but there is no reference to this in the main text. The editor has spent a small fortune in postage trying to trace this institution: can anyone help?

Have you sent S.A.E.s for future editions of "HOODATA"?