Student Activities Finding Aid

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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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.

 

Letterhead

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 Queen City Cut Stone Company, Buffalo (NY)

The Queen City Cut Stone Company, Buffalo (NY)

Byrne and Bannister, Contractors for Plain and Ornamental Plastering, Buffalo (NY).  Byrne and Bannister worked on several well-known local buildings, including St. Louis Church, Hotel Lafayette, and the Seymour H. Knox residence.

Byrne and Bannister, Contractors for Plain and Ornamental Plastering, Buffalo (NY). Byrne and Bannister worked on several well-known local buildings, including St. Louis Church, Hotel Lafayette, and the Seymour H. Knox residence.

Thomas Brown Contracting Company, Buffalo (NY)

Thomas Brown Contracting Company, Buffalo (NY)

Buffalo Expanded Metal Company, Buffalo (NY)

Buffalo Expanded Metal Company, Buffalo (NY)

Stearns Electric Equipment Company, Buffalo (NY)

Stearns Electric Equipment Company, Buffalo (NY)

C.A. Criqui Hygenic Plumbing, Heating and Ventilating Contractor, Buffalo (NY)

C.A. Criqui Hygenic Plumbing, Heating and Ventilating Contractor, Buffalo (NY)

Buffalo Mantel Manufacturing Company, Buffalo (NY)

Buffalo Mantel Manufacturing Company, Buffalo (NY)

"Estimates cheerfully furnished" by Cyrus B. Rees, Washington DC

Duparquet, Huot, and Moneuse Company, Manufacturers of Imperial French Ranges, High Grade Cooking Apparatus, Washington DC

Duparquet, Huot, and Moneuse Company, Manufacturers of Imperial French Ranges, High Grade Cooking Apparatus, Washington DC

James M. Davis and Son, General Contractors in Plain and Ornamental Plastering, Buffalo (NY)

James M. Davis and Son, General Contractors in Plain and Ornamental Plastering, Buffalo (NY)

John Feist and Sons Company, Planing Mill, Buffalo (NY)

John Feist and Sons Company, Planing Mill, Buffalo (NY)

Buffalo Wholesale Hardware, Buffalo (NY)

Buffalo Wholesale Hardware, Buffalo (NY)

F.T. Coppins and Son, Painters and Decorators, Buffalo (NY)

F.T. Coppins and Son, Painters and Decorators, Buffalo (NY)

Joseph F. Stabell, Engineer - Contractor, Buffalo (NY)

Joseph F. Stabell, Engineer - Contractor, Buffalo (NY)

Timothy McEvoy and Son, Buffalo (NY)

Timothy McEvoy and Son, Buffalo (NY)

The F.P. Little Elctrical Company, Buffalo (NY)

The F.P. Little Elctrical Company, Buffalo (NY)

Stokes Brothers, Building Contractors, Buffalo (NY)

Stokes Brothers, Building Contractors, Buffalo (NY)

John Lennon, Son and Company, Contractors and Builders, Niagara Falls (NY)

John Lennon, Son and Company, Contractors and Builders, Niagara Falls (NY)

Buffalo Structural Steel, Buffalo (NY)

Buffalo Structural Steel, Buffalo (NY)

Slack and Ellis, Cut Stone Contractors, Medina (NY)

Slack and Ellis, Cut Stone Contractors, Medina (NY)

Cyrus B. Rees, Heating by Hot Water and Vapor, Washington DC

Cyrus B. Rees, Heating by Hot Water and Vapor, Washington DC

The Queen City Cut Stone Company, Buffalo (NY)Byrne and Bannister, Contractors for Plain and Ornamental Plastering, Buffalo (NY).  Byrne and Bannister worked on several well-known local buildings, including St. Louis Church, Hotel Lafayette, and the Seymour H. Knox residence.Thomas Brown Contracting Company, Buffalo (NY)Buffalo Expanded Metal Company, Buffalo (NY)Stearns Electric Equipment Company, Buffalo (NY)C.A. Criqui Hygenic Plumbing, Heating and Ventilating Contractor, Buffalo (NY)Buffalo Mantel Manufacturing Company, Buffalo (NY)"Estimates cheerfully furnished" by Cyrus B. Rees, Washington DCDuparquet, Huot, and Moneuse Company, Manufacturers of Imperial French Ranges, High Grade Cooking Apparatus, Washington DCJames M. Davis and Son, General Contractors in Plain and Ornamental Plastering, Buffalo (NY)John Feist and Sons Company, Planing Mill, Buffalo (NY)Buffalo Wholesale Hardware, Buffalo (NY)F.T. Coppins and Son, Painters and Decorators, Buffalo (NY)Joseph F. Stabell, Engineer - Contractor, Buffalo (NY)Timothy McEvoy and Son, Buffalo (NY)The F.P. Little Elctrical Company, Buffalo (NY)Stokes Brothers, Building Contractors, Buffalo (NY)John Lennon, Son and Company, Contractors and Builders, Niagara Falls (NY)Buffalo Structural Steel, Buffalo (NY)Slack and Ellis, Cut Stone Contractors, Medina (NY)Cyrus B. Rees, Heating by Hot Water and Vapor, Washington DC


 

 

Digitization project

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.