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About this collection

This digital collection features a selection of dance cards belonging to Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) College from 1882-1949. The dance cards found in this collection represent a wide range of events, from those sponsored by Gettysburg College itself to numerous Greek affiliated events.

 

Peaking in popularity between the late 19th and early 20th century, women used dance cards to record a list of the men she intended to dance with at any ball or formal. The dance cards represented in this collection not only vary in event sponsorship but also in physical appearance and contents. Covers range in materials from wood to foil, containing event menus to entire song lists.

“Shall We Dance?” does not represent the entirety of Gettysburg College’s Dance Card Collection and each dance card digitized may not include every page of the physical item. However, the digitized pages were each chosen for a specific reasons including: (1) Having a unique and aesthetically appealing cover; (2) Containing handwritten notes; or (3) Representing the only dance card for a specific event or Greek affiliation. 

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        Junior Promenade
        Soph-Frosh Hop
        Christmas Dances
        Ivy Ball
        Military Dances
        Apple Blossom Dances
        Student Council Dances 
        Co-Ed Dances

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        Interfraternity Council of Gettysburg College
        Panhellenic Council of Gettysburg College

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