By Kevin Sheard
This book, like many others, is the result of an unsatisfied curiosity. It was a well-known “fact” that every college has a hood that is unique in the design of its lining. In theory, when one sees a hood, one can identify the college or university that awarded it. Since the number of schools in the country makes it impossible to remember all of the designs, there should be a book wherein the information can be found.
(Source: Foreword, Academic Heraldry.)