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Margaret Kimball Herlihy Papers

A description of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 31 Jan 2020

Biographical History

Margaret Kimball Herlihy (dates unknown) was an American expert on, and collector of, decorative hair combs. At one time her collection exceeded 2500 items, from antique to modern and from dozens of countries. She was a member of the ANtique Comb Collectors Club, frequently lectured and spoke on the topic, and intended to write a book on "head decorations, past and present," but whether the book was ever published is unknown. ["Fabulous comb collection reflects hair style history," Elyria Chronicle Telegram, 17 Sep 1972]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Margaret Kimball Herlihy Papers contains the manuscript for Herlihy's book on antique combs, and related photographs

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is unprocessed and remains in original order.


Access Restrictions:

The collection is currently unprocessed and not available for research. Please contact SCRC for more information.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Herlihy, Margaret Kimball.


Hair ornaments -- History.
Ornamental combs -- History.

Genres and Forms

Manuscripts for publication.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Margaret Kimball Herlihy Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ralph Miller, 2019.

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