Guide to the Dance Cards and Tango Cutouts MS.P074

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
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

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Preferred Citation

Dance Cards and Tango Cutouts. MS-P074. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
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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.

Box 1, Folder 1

Dance cards, 1886-1927

Box 1, Folder 2

Tango cutouts, undated