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Myra Montgomery Arthur collection of Indiana University dance cards, 1922-1929 (bulk 1925-1926)

Finding aid prepared by Laura Bell

Summary Information

Indiana University Archives
1320 East Tenth Street
Herman B Wells Library E460
Bloomington, IN 47405-7000
Phone: 812-855-1127

Arthur, Myra Montgomery, 1905-1992.

Myra Montgomery Arthur collection of Indiana University dance cards, 1922-1929 (bulk 1925-1926)

Collection No.

0.8 cubic feet (2 boxes, 48 items)

Materials are in English

Myra Montgomery Arthur received her A.B. degree in English from Indiana University in 1927. The dance cards in this collection document various social events sponsored by IU fraternities, sororities, and other student organizations during the 1920s. The cards often provide the names of musical groups that performed at the dances, including Hoagy Carmichael and the Carmichael Collegians.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Advance notice required.

Biographical Note

Myra Montgomery (1905-1992), originally from Bryant, Indiana, attended Indiana University beginning in September 1923, graduating with a A.B. in English in 1927. During her time at IU she was a part of a number of student organizations including Alpha Chi Omega, Pleiades (of which she was president during 1926 and 1927), the Women’s Athletic Association, and the Panhellenic Association. After graduation, she married Glen Duncan Arthur.


Collection of dance cards is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of one series of Indiana University dance cards spanning the years 1922-1929. The majority of the dance cards date from 1925 and 1926, when Myra Montgomery (Arthur) was in attendance at IU, although it is unknown if she attended all of these events herself.

The collection documents a number of different social events that students enjoyed during the 1920s at IU. In most cases, the dance cards include event names and dates, and they often include additional details such as the names of the musical groups that performed or the fraternity, sorority, or other student organization that sponsored the event. Among the musical groups that performed at these events were Hoagy Carmichael and Carmichael's Collegians, the Crimson Serenaders, the Tilson-Bayers-Dorsser Rainbow Garden Orchestra, Johnnie Bayersdorffer and his Orchestra, the Galbraiths Aces of Muncie, and others.

Related Material

Related photographs may be available in the University Archives Photographs Database .

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Accession: 0453
Usage Restrictions
Copyright interests for this collection have been transferred to the Trustees of Indiana University. For more information, contact the Indiana University Archivist.
Preferred Citation
[Item], Myra Montgomery Arthur collection of Indiana University dance cards, Collection C644, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.
Transferred from Sandra Worthen in 1993.
Processing Information
Processed by Laura Bell.

Completed in October 2016

Container List

Series: Indiana University dance cards, 1922-1929

Box 1 Boosters Club, First Annual All-University Dance, March 22, 1922

Kappa Alpha Theta, Rush Parties, September 18-21, 1923

Alpha Chi Omega, Spring Dance, May 17, 1924

Music by Carmichael

Sigma Pi, Hallowe’en Dance, October 24, 1924

Alpha Tau Omega, Fodder Fest, November 1, 1924

Music by Carmichael’s Collegians

Kappa Sigma, Formal Dance at Chapter House, December 5, 1924

Music: Jack Tilson Presents Johnnie Bayersdorffer and his Orchestra

Kappa Sigma, Annual Formal. January 8, 1925

Music by Hitch’s Happy Harmonists, Gennet Artists

Alpha Chi Omega, Musicians Bawl, January 10, 1925

Music by Crimson Serenaders

Alpha Tau Omega, Fire Dance, January 17, 1925

Music by Crimson Serenaders

Sigma Nu. Rhinie Hop at the Chapter House, February 7, 1925

Music by Crimson Serenaders

Women’s Panhellenic, Formal Dance, February 13, 1925

Music by Tilson-Bayers-Dorsser Rainbow Garden Orchestra, Indianapolis

Phi Gamma Delta, Pig Dinner Dance Formal, February 28, 1925

Music by Galbraiths Aces of Muncie

Garrick Club, Annual Fancy Dress Ball, March 6, 1925

Music by Crimson Serenaders

Phi Gamma Delta, Beechwood, April 25, 1925

Music by Crimson Serenaders

Kappa Sigma, Formal, May 9, 1925

Music by Curt Hitch

Pleiades, Spring Dance at Theta House, May 15, 1925

Alpha Chi Omega, Spring Formal, May 16, 1925

Music by Crimson Serenaders

Delta Tau Delta, Spring Formal at The Shelter, May 16, 1925

Sigma Pi, Spring Informal, May 23, 1925

Delta Chi, Fall Dance, October 3, 1925

Music by Crimson Serenaders

Foot-Ball Dance, Eve Syracuse-Indiana Game, October 16, 1925

Alpha Chi Omega, Thanksgiving Frolic, November 6, 1925

Music by Carmichael’s Collegians

Delta Tau Delta, Fall Dance: The Jinks Jig, Friday – the 13th, November 13, 1925

Sigma Delta Chi, The Blanket Hop, November 21, 1925

Sigma Nu, Third Annual Waiters Ball, December 4, 1925

Pleiades, Informal Dance, December 11, 1925

Box 2 Delta Tau Delta, Christmas Bridge-dinner Dance, December 18, 1925

Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, The Miami Triad dance, 1926

Music by Ray Miller and His Brunswick Recording Orchestra

Pan-Hellenic, Formal, January 16, 1926

Music by Curt Hitch’s Happy Harmonists

Phi Gamma Delta, State Dance, February 6, 1926

Alpha Chi Omega, State Dance, February 20, 1926

Sophomore Cotillion Formal, March 5, 1926

Kappa Sigma, Spring Formal, May 8, 1926

Music by Galbraiths Aces

Annual Waiter’s Brawl, November 27, 1926

Pleiades Dance at Theta House, December 3, 1926

Music by Crimson Serenaders

Delta Tau Delta, December 17, 1926

Music by Livingston Philips Imperial Orchestra

Phi Delta Kappa, The Annual Phi Delta Kappa Ball. December 25, 1926

Kappa Sigma, Mid-winter Dance, January 14, 1927

Music by Galbraith’s Aces

Residence Hall, St. Patrick’s Dance, March 12, 1927

Women’s Pan-Hellenic Council, Formal Dance, March 25, 1927

Delta Upsilon, Spring Dance, April 13, 1927

Kappa Sigma, The Guest Dance, April 16, 1927

Band: Mother Bailey and her McHugh Singers

Alpha Chi Omega, Spring Formal, May 17, 1927

Music by Ed Oliver’s Vagabonds

Sigma Chi, Rush Dance, May 21, 1927

Phi Gamma Delta, Formal Dance, December 15, 1928

Music by Clair Hull’s Serenaders

Miami Triad, Annual Miami Triad, January 12, 1929

Music by Louis Panico and his Brunswick Recording Orchestra

Senior Class of Indiana University, Annual Senior Siwash, June 8, 1929

Music by Harry Wulford

Sigma Chi, dance at Chapter House, October 8, undated