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Flag Research Center (FRC)

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[The Flag Research Center flag] image by Clay Moss, July 2018

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Association Name: The Flag Research Center
Officers: Hugh L. Brady, Director and Senior Fellow
Scot M. Guenter, Director and Senior Fellow
Charles A. Spain, Director and Senior Fellow
Type: Institution
Territory: United States
Established: 01 February 1962
FIAV Member since: 07 September 1969 (Charter Member, Full Member)
Flag: A blue flag, with a tongued swallowtail at the fly, with an image of a flagged Viking ship in white.

Contact Information
Mailing Address: Other Communication:
The Flag Research Center
504 Branard Street
Houston, TX 77006
Home Page

Links to journals lists articles from this source (if present) by bibliographic code, not by title or content.
Name Language Frequency Period ISSN
The Flag Bulletin English bimonthly 1961- 0015-3370
Flag Specification Sheets English irregular 1960-
End of the Year Review English Annual 1976-
News from the Vexillarium English irregular 1982-
Flag Etiquette and Usage Standards English irregular 1996-
Flag Information Sources English Supplement to Flag Bulletin 1970-73
Flag Data Archives English 1969-1975
Flag Bulletin Newsletter
Courrier de drapeau
bimonthly supplement to Flag Bulletin 1967-1973
Vexillo-File supplement to Flag Bulletin

Dr. Whitney Smith Flag Research Center Collection (Austin, Texas)

The Dr. Whitney Smith Flag Research Center Collection reflects Dr. Smith's professional and personal activities throughout his lifelong interest and career in vexillology. The collection documents Dr. Smith's early vexillological research through the founding of the Flag Research Center and the North American Vexillological Association (1962 and 1967 respectively), and his later work as one of the world's foremost flag experts.

The collection is contained in the Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Following the relocation of the Flag Research Center to the University of Texas at Austin, the Center has resumed operation and maintains a web presence at Senior Fellows of the FRC are Scot Guenter PhD LF FF WSF FVAST, Hugh Brady JD FF, and Charles Spain JD WSF.

The Flag Research Center is pleased to announce the appointment of the inaugural class of Flag Research Center Fellows:

Bruce Berry FF, South Africa
Anthony Burton FF, Australia
James Croft, United States
Patrice de La Condamine PhD, France
Michael Faul FF FFI, United Kingdom
James Ferrigan, United States
Francisco Gregoric, Argentina
Kevin Harrington MA(T) FF, Canada
John Hartvigsen, United States
Željko Heimer PhD FF, Croatia
Andreas Herzfeld MD FF, Germany
Nozomi Kariyasu FF, Japan
Laura Kidd, PhD, United States
Theun Okkerse FF, The Netherlands
Anne Platoff MS MA FF, United States
Art Proaño Gaibor-de Vries, The Netherlands
Rob Raeside PhD FF, Canada
Gwen Spicer MA, United States
Kenneth Reynolds PhD, Canada
Gustavo Tracchia FF, United States

A Fellow's primary responsibility is to contribute interesting, informative articles and essays to The Flag Bulletin, which is scheduled to resume publication in 2017.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 19 October 2016

Flags used by the Flag Research Center

[The Flag Research Center flag] image by Clay Moss, July 2018

The Flag Research Center banner emblem was designed by vexillologist-artist Louis Loynes of London. It is a heraldic zephyr consisting of a ship in the form of a swan, a reminder that at a very early date flags flew from ships. Significantly, the ship’s ensign blows forward, whereas the head of the swan looks backward to suggest that to progress in the study of flags, one must examine the past.

The original banner is now part of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History’s Whitney Smith Flag Research Center Collection at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2014 Dixie Flag Manufacturing Co. made two replicas of the banner for The Flag Research Center. In 2016, The Flag Research Center donated one to NAVA; it is shown above.
Dave Martucci, July 2018


[The Flag Research Center flag] image by Clay Moss and Pete Loeser, July 2018

The Flag Research Center logo used on FRC flags was designed by Louis Loynes. On the vertical banner it also appears upright.

[The Flag Research Center flag] image by Dave Martucci

This swallow-tailed variant has been shown on the internet for several years. It is not historically correct and never was used at any NAVA function.
NAVA-O web page
Dave Martucci, July 2018