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Indiana University Archives dance card collection, 1909-1954 (bulk 1927-1933)

A Guide to the Records at the Indiana University Archives

Finding aid prepared by Laura Bell.

Summary Information

Repository
Indiana University Archives
1320 East Tenth Street
Herman B Wells Library E460
Bloomington, IN 47405-7000
Phone: 812-855-1127
Email: archives@indiana.edu
http://www.libraries.iub.edu/archives

Creator
Indiana University, Bloomington. University Archives (2016- )

Title
Indiana University Archives dance card collection, 1909-1954 (bulk 1927-1933)

Collection No.
C646

Extent
0.4 cubic feet (1 box)

Language
Materials are in English

Abstract
This collection was created from numerous loose dance cards acquired by and held at the IU Archives. The dance cards are from a number of events sponsored by student organizations and other social activities that were held at IU between 1909 and 1954. Each provides space for the women to document their dance partners' names and often provides information about the sponsoring student group, the dance chaperones, and the musicians performing for the event.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Administrative History

Dances at Indiana University were a large part of student social life throughout the early to mid-twentieth century. Dance cards were used by female students to schedule dance partners throughout the evening. The cards also contain information about the dance, sponsors, chaperones, and performers. The decorative nature of the dance cards may have also made them mementos for the dance attendees.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single series of dance cards, arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

This collection was created from numerous loose dance cards acquired by and held at the IU Archives and consists of a single series of dance cards arranged chronologically (1909-1957). In a few instances, folders include multiple cards from the same dance. The dance cards are from a number of events sponsored by student organizations and other social activities that were held at IU between 1909 and 1954. Each provides space for the women to document their dance partners’ names and often include information about the sponsoring student group, the dance chaperones, and the musicians performing for the event. Notably, Hoagy Carmichael performed at the April 14, 1928, Jonquil Jump and Louis Armstrong performed at the 1939 Junior Prom.

Related Material

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

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Accession: 0762, 7162, 7070, 2002/003
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], Indiana University Archives dance card collection, Collection C646, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.
Processing Information
Processed by Laura Bell.

Completed in October 26, 2016

Container List

Series: Dance Cards, 1909-1957

Box 1 Class of 1912 Dance Card, February 26, 1909

Benefit Base Ball Dance, February 21, 1919

Sigma Delta Chi, Blanket Hop Dance Bands Battle, circa November 3, 1923

Music by Amos Otstot and Bud Dant.


Phi Beta Pi, Annual Dance, January 15, 1927

Music by Crimson Serenaders.


AWS, Jonquil Jump, April 14, 1928.

Music by Hoagy Carmichael.


Beta Phi Sigma, Spring Formal, May 29, 1931

Spinster Club, Spring Formal, June 6, 1931

The Brangle, Fall 1931.

Sigma Kappa, Spring Dance, April 16, 1932

Music by Amos Otstots' Crimson Serenaders


Delta Gamma, Spring Rush Dance, May 14, 1932

Music by The Brown Buddies.


Beta Phi Sigma, Annual Spring Dance, June 3, 1932

Music by Bud Dant.


Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, Eighth Annual Military Ball, October 15, 1932

Music by Larry Price’s Band.


Memorial Hall Winter Formal, December 17, 1932

Music by Joseph Galbraith and his Orchestra.


Horseshoe Trot, Mather’s Homestead, December 29, 1932

Brangle, 1932.

Dance Card featuring a cupid and heart, circa 1932.

Dance Program, circa 1932.

Lambda Chi Alpha, Winter Formal, February 18, 1933

Music by "Frosty" Graham's Collegians.


April Fool, Spinster Dance Card, March 31, 1933

Dolphin National Swimming Fraternity, First Annual Benefit Dance, January 13, 1934

Music by Slim Lamar and his Orchestra.


Pan Hellenic Association, Alumni Hall, April 28, 1934

Music by Ray Williams' Orchestra.


Junior Class of Indiana University, 1939 Junior Prom, May 5, 1939.

Music by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra.


Wind-Up, Senior Dinner-Dance, May 23, 1939

Music by Tracy Hadley's Orchestra.


Indiana Chapter of Acacia, Spring Formal, June 1, 1940

Music by Wayne McIntyre.


Women's Residence Halls, Spring Formal, March 29, 1941

Music by Charlie Agnew.


Band Benefit Ball, October 24, 1942

Music by Charlie Agnew and his Orchestra.


Phi Mu, Sock Hop, November 7, 1947

Music by Stan Sterbenz.


Lambda Chi Alpha, Winter Formal, January 10, 1948.

Music by Stan Sterbenz.


Sophomore Cotillion of Indiana University, March 5, 1948

Music by Ray Eberle and Blue Barron.


Phi Mu, Spring Reigns, May 7, 1948

Music by Stan Sturbenz.


Pamarada and Flame, The 1953 Wellhouse Waltz, October 24, 1953

Music by Wayne Luby.


Sigma Delta Chi, The Fifty-Second Annual Blanket Hop, November 20, 1953

Music by The Fred Dale Orchestra.


Indiana University Memorial Union, The 1954 Spring Mardi Gras Costume Ball, February 26, 1954.

Music by Fred Dale and Orchestra; Wayne Luby and Orchestra; and Dave Baker and All-Star Sextette.


Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic, Greek Week 1954: Greek Holiday, March 13, 1954.

Music by Russ Morgan and his Orchestra.


Presenting Stardust Formal, undated.

Program, dance card, undated.

The Dances, Dance Card featuring two cupids, undated.

The Dances, Dance Card featuring flowers, undated.

Programme of Music, undated.

Dance Card featuring costumed couple, undated.

Dance Card featuring framed couple with cupids, undated.

Dance Cards showing a couple outdoors, undated.

Blank Dance Card, black and white cover, undated.

Blank, unlabeled dance card, undated.