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Guide to the Dance Cards and Tango Cutouts MS.P074
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  • Title: Dance cards and tango cutouts
    Collection number: MS.P074
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Language of Material: English.
    Physical Description: 0.2 Linear feet (1 box)
    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 folders.
    Abstract: This collection comprises 15 dance cards and 4 decorative tango dancer cutouts.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged alphabetically by form.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Dance Cards and Tango Cutouts. MS-P074. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.


    The collection is open for research.

    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.
    Dance cards.
    Manners and customs -- 19th century -- Archives.
    Manners and customs -- 20th century -- Archives.