Guide to the Dance Cards and Tango Cutouts
Finding aid prepared by Joanna Lamb, 2009
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, 92623-9557
Title: Dance cards and tango cutouts
Collection number: MS.P074
University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Language of Material:
0.2 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1886-1927
General Physical Description note:
Some dance cards have small tears from use. Materials have been placed in protective Mylar sheets and foldered in acid-free
This collection comprises 15 dance cards and 4 decorative tango dancer cutouts.
This collection is arranged alphabetically by form.
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Collection Scope and Content Summary
This collection comprises 15 dance cards and 4 decorative tango dancer cutouts. It includes dance cards from high school promenades,
fraternity and sorority dances, and community social dances and balls. The dance cards include evening programs with the order
of specific ballroom dances. Some cards list only the order of the dances, while others are more complex; listing the dances,
songs, musicians, caterers, host and hostesses, and additional organizational information. Many dance cards feature the names
of male dance partners, presumably filled in by the original owner of the dance card, as well as attached pencils and tassels.
The collection also includes 4 tango cut outs that appear to be decorative.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Ballroom dancing -- Archives.
Dance -- Archives.
Manners and customs -- 19th century -- Archives.
Manners and customs -- 20th century -- Archives.