Political Buttons Collection
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
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.
"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")
United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Campaign buttons -- U.S. History.