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Dartmouth Canes Collection

Identifier: 535
Realia 535

  • Staff Only


The collection contains wooden canes that accrued with Special Collections. The canes are exclusively Dartmouth College related and can contain carvings of names and initials of classmates on the shaft. The collection also includes presentation canes, canes from Dartmouth senior societies, the Dartmouth Medical School, Daniel Webster's walking stick and cane parts. Canes without specific heads belonging to members of 19th century Dartmouth classes may or may not be from their student years.


  • 1800 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.


24 linear ft. (8 boxes)

Language of Materials


Additional Description


Collection of wooden canes, primarily those carried and carved by Dartmouth seniors. The practice of carving senior canes began in 1885. In the 1890s, Charles Dudley, Class of 1902, designed the most common Indian Head Cane. Other canes in the collection include presentation canes, society canes, and Daniel Webster's walking stick.

Part of the Rauner Library Archives and Manuscripts Repository

6065 Webster Hall
Hanover NH 03755 USA

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