After many weeks of arranging, processing and coding, the Student Activities Finding Aid is here! You can use this aid to search our Student Activities collection, which dates back as far as 1913. This collection is very special because it documents student life at D’Youville over the past 100 years. It contains a multitude of media including; photographs, dance cards, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes and even a original nursing cape, pin and cap.
Take a look at the finding aid and feel free to stop by the archives to look at what this collection has to offer!
Student Activities Finding Aid
Collection ID: DYCARC 10.1
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Happy first Thursday of the new semester! To celebrate here is a photo of what dorm rooms looked like at DYC back in 1968. #throwbackthursday
This is an image of the class of 1948 as freshmen. And 60 years later the freshman class of 2018 will be arriving on campus soon!
It’s Thursday again… whoops! No it’s not. I guess this week’s #tbt is a day late. Sorry everyone! Here is this week’s belated #throwbackthursday post!
This week’s #tbt photo: DYC students laughing and/or yelling (?)…at least we can tell they are having a good time!
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.
It’s throwback Thursday here at the DYC Archives! And man do we have a lot of old pictures to show you…
Every Thursday we will be posting our newest #TBT here and on the library twitter page @dyclibrary
DYC Cheerleaders circa 1961
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.
While processing records on campus buildings, I couldn’t help but notice the fine examples of early twentieth century letterhead. Mainly from the Buffalo and Niagara Falls vicinity, these companies bid or worked on the addition to the Koessler Administration building. This selection is from 1907.
The D’Youville College Archives is proud to announce that we will be part of New York Heritage Digital Collections.
Digitization of a portion of the D’Youville College Archives Photograph collection will be completed by 3 students from the University at Buffalo Department of Library and Information Science as part of LIS563, Digital Libraries.
The students will scan and edit photographs, create metadata, and upload all corresponding files and descriptive information to NY Heritage, with work completed by mid-December, 2012.
The D’Youville College Archives Photograph collection contains roughly 1,000 photographs, mainly from the early 1900s to the present. Major subjects are buildings, graduations, student activities, and campus events. This project will focus on photographs relating to College buildings and grounds and consist of 30 images. The majority of photos are black and white, and images on buildings and grounds make up about one-third of the greater Archives Photograph collection.
The College Photograph collection is the most heavily used record group in our institutional holdings [of our current 12 record groups]. Both internal and external patrons use this collection, and requests often cover all subjects. Digitization of photos relating to college buildings and grounds will serve as a pilot project for future digitization of the greater photograph collection and other archives holdings in 2013.