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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)
Title:Huskiana collection
Date:1927-1992
Reference Code:A20
Location Code:26/1, FF1/D1
Extent:0.15 cubic ft. (1 box)
Scope and Content Abstract:The Huskiana collection is composed of materials relating to the Northeastern University's live husky mascots and the commissioning of the husky statue. Materials include histories, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, photographs, and administrative records. The collection is limited in its coverage of the live mascots, and outside of what is discussed in the general histories, there are only records for King Husky I, King Husky III, King Husky IV, and King Husky V.
Historical Abstract:In 1927, Northeastern University (NU) first adopted its mascot, a Siberian Husky named King Husky I. After King Husky I's death in 1941, Northeastern developed a 20-year relationship with Chinook Kennels in Wonalancet, New Hampshire, which provided the next seven mascots. In 1958, the kennel closed and the administration chose to commission a husky statue rather than continue the tradition of the live mascots. The statue was completed in 1962 by Anne Philbrick Hall, a sculpter under contract with the studio of Arcangelo Cascieri and Adio di Biccari. In 1965, the class of 1970 revived the tradition by purchasing a live husky from Doonauk Kennels in Asland, Mass. When the class graduated, the Husky Key Society obtained another husky. Since 1972, Northeastern University has relied upon its statue and Mr. and Mrs. Husky (students elected by the general student body to wear husky costumes to NU athletic games) to provide school spirit.
System of Arrangement:Arranged in one chronological sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Mascots


Conditions Governing Access:This collection is unrestricted.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Ellen Dyer, November 1997. Updated by Abigail Cramer, November 2011. Updated by Cheryl Ostrowski, December 2013.