D’Youville College — Breaking traditions since 1951

While poking around the archives I came across an interesting newspaper clipping from 1951. The clipping is titled:

D’Youville Graduates a Bride As Tradition Loses to Romance:College Comes to Rescue of Student After Army Upset Plans to Wed Office Candidate

I was immediately intrigued… tradition vs romance? Sounds dramatic. Tell me more!

According to the article a student by the name of Nancy, was to be married two weeks after she graduated from D’Youville. Unfortunately, her soon-to-be husband was notified that he had to report for military duty the Monday after Nancy’s graduation. What was Nancy to do? No married woman had ever graduated from D’Youville before! Fortunately the Grey Nun’s ‘came to the rescue’ and allowed her to break tradition. She was married the Friday before her graduation. She even attended her Class Day Exercises in her wedding dress!

It’s interesting how traditions have changed drastically over the past 50+ years. Regardless, I still found this to be a fun and interesting piece of D’Youville College history.

“Can I have this dance?” DYC Dance Cards

DYC Junior Prom 1924

DYC Junior Prom 1924

DYC Junior Prom 1924

DYC Junior Prom 1924

DYC Junior Prom 1939

DYC Junior Prom 1939

DYC Junior Prom 1939

DYC Junior Prom 1939

DYC Junior Prom 1939

DYC Junior Prom 1939

DYC Junior Prom 1941

DYC Junior Prom 1941

DYC Junior Prom 1942

DYC Junior Prom 1942

DYC Junior Prom 1942

DYC Junior Prom 1942

DYC Junior Prom 1942

DYC Junior Prom 1942

DYC Junior Prom 1949

DYC Junior Prom 1949

DYC Junior Prom 1949

DYC Junior Prom 1949

Alpha Sigma and Kappa Chi --

Alpha Sigma and Kappa Chi -- "Spring Frolic" 1950

Alpha Sigma and Kappa Chi --

Alpha Sigma and Kappa Chi -- "Spring Whirl" 1949

Alpha Sigma and Kappa Chi --

Alpha Sigma and Kappa Chi -- "Paris au Printemps" 1956

DYC Junior Prom 1924DYC Junior Prom 1924DYC Junior Prom 1939DYC Junior Prom 1939DYC Junior Prom 1939DYC Junior Prom 1941DYC Junior Prom 1942DYC Junior Prom 1942DYC Junior Prom 1942DYC Junior Prom 1949DYC Junior Prom 1949Alpha Sigma and Kappa Chi -- "Spring Frolic" 1950Alpha Sigma and Kappa Chi -- "Spring Whirl" 1949Alpha Sigma and Kappa Chi -- "Paris au Printemps" 1956

Dance cards are small, decorative, booklets that were used in the 19th and early 20th century for a young woman to record the names of the gentlemen she would dance with at a formal ball. Each song played would have a space for the woman to write down the name of the man she would dance with for that song. Dance cards are believed to have become popular in the 19th century in Vienna during large balls. The cards were designed to hang from the wrist or dress of the young woman, using a cord attached the card. Often the cards would also have a pencil attached so as to make adding names more convenient.

D’Youville has a wonderful collection of dance cards that range from as early as 1912, all the way into the 50′s. Although many of the cards are made out of paper, a few have velvet and even hammered metal covers. The dance cards give us a view into what student life was like early in the college’s history.

*The images above are a small sample of the Dance Card Collection. Stop by the college archives on the 3rd floor the the Montante Family Library to view the entire collection.