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Political Buttons Collection

Collection Number
SC 369

OCLC Number


This collection was donated by Judge Stuart Namm (retired) in January 2003, in memory of his late wife Lenore R. Namm who graduated from the State University of New York with BA and MA degrees in sociology. 

Extent, Scope, and Content Note
The Political Buttons Collection consists of 74 pin-back buttons with political themes and subjects, and many relating to Suffolk County, New York.

Arrangement and Processing Note
The items are arranged in alphabetical order and housed in trays within one cubic ft. box.
One oversized button is housed in a separate box.
Processed by Kristen J. Nyitray and Raymond Prucher in March 2003. 
Finding aid updated and revised by Kristen J. Nyitray in April 2020.


Restrictions on Access
The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Rights and Permissions 
Stony Brook University Libraries' consent to access as the physical owner of the collection does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It is the sole responsibility of the user of Special Collections and University Archives materials to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain permission where needed prior to publication.  

[Item], [Box]. Political Buttons Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries.

Historical Note
"A pin-back button or pinback button, pin button, button badge, or simply pin-back or badge, is a button or badge that can be temporarily fastened to the surface of a garment using a safety pin, or a pin formed from wire, a clutch or other mechanism. This fastening mechanism is anchored to the back side of a button-shaped metal disk, either flat or concave, which leaves an area on the front of the button to carry an image or printed message. The word is commonly associated with a campaign button used in the United States and abroad during a political campaign. The first design for a pin-back button in the United States was patented in 1896, and contemporary buttons have many of the same design features. Political buttons have been used in the United States since the first presidential inauguration in 1789, when George Washington's supporters wore buttons imprinted with a slogan."   

(Source: Wikipedia entry for "pin-back button") 

Pin-back buttons.
Political collectibles.
United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Campaign buttons -- U.S. History.


Box 1
Section A1
1. Abrams
2. Abrams
3. Allen
4. Behme
5. Buckley/McCarthy

Section A2
6. Burke
7. Cacciabaudo
8. Cacciabaudo
9. Cannataro
10. Carney

Section A3
11. Carney
12. Costigan
13. CSEA
14. CURB
15. D’Amato

Section A4
16. Dooley
17. Dounias
18. Doyle
19. Duryea
20. ERA

Section A5
21. Felice
22. Fischer
23. Foley
24. Geiler
25. Gross

Section B1
26. Grover
27. Halpin
28. Halpin
29. Hartman
30. Henry

Section B2
31. Hochbrueckner
32. Hochbrueckner
33. Hochbrueckner
34. Hollings
35. Jaspan

Section B3
36. Jaspan
37. Kennedy
38. Klein
39. Lack
40. Lefkowitz

Section B4
41. Lefkowitz
42. Linton
43. Liss
44. Locorriere
45. McCarthy

Section B5
46. McCarthy
47. Mrazek
48. Namm
49. NEA
50. Nixon

Section C1
51. NOW
52. O’Donnell
53. Palombi
54. Quinn
55. Randolph

Section C2
56. Randolph
57. Regan
58. Reynolds
59. Richards

Section C3
60. Sallah
61. Samuels
62. Schickler
63. Sclafani
64. SEA

Section C4
65. Seltzer
66. Signorelli
67. Smith
68. Stark
69. Steinberg

Section C5
70. Taibbi
71. Trunzo
72. Wertz
73. Wilson

Box 2
Oversize Button
74. Reynolds