Willie the Wildcat Mascot Costumes and Costume Elements
Scope and Contents
The collection contains two costumes worn to embody the Northwestern University mascot, Willie the Wildcat. The costumes date from the periods circa 1991-1995 and circa 1997-2000, were generally employed at Northwestern athletic events, and feature differences in detail reflecting changes over time to the designed appearance of the mascot. Each costume includes an oversized caricature wildcat head; an artificial fur suit worn over arms, legs, and torso; gloves; and footwear. The costume dating from circa 1991-1995 includes two pairs of gloves but only one piece of footwear, a shoe covering. The costume from circa 1997-2000 includes one pair of gloves and one pair of footwear.
In addition to the two costumes is a set of costume elements dating from circa 2013. These elements could be worn by a person to suggest an anthropomorphized wildcat or a human-wildcat hybrid. Included are footwear (artificial fur and plastic claws applied over standard athletic shoes), a tail to be attached to a belt, artificial fur ears with metal spring clips, artificial fur eyebrows, artificial whiskers attached to a nose clip, three extra plastic claws, two extra spring clips, and a small patch of artificial fur. Associated with the costume elements are two pages of advice and directions for their use from RedStar Costumes & Clothing, presumably the manufacturer or vendor of the elements.
- ca. 1991-2000, ca. 2013
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Language of Materials
This collection contains two costumes worn to embody the Northwestern University mascot, Willie the Wildcat. The costumes date from circa 1991-1995 and circa 1997-2000, and were generally employed at Northwestern athletic events. Each costume includes an oversized caricature wildcat head; an artificial fur suit worn over arms, legs, and torso; gloves; and footwear. The collection also includes additional costume elements.
The costumes are arranged in chronological order.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Acquired by Northwestern University Archives as accessions 13-175 and 18-61.
Kevin B. Leonard; May 31, 2018.
- Guide to the Willie the Wildcat Mascot Costumes and Costume Elements
- Kevin Leonard
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