Guide to the Dance Invitations from Massachusetts Collection

Processed by William Landis; machine-readable finding aid created by Lynette J. Stoudt
Special Collections and Archives
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Phone: (949) 824-3947
Fax: (949) 824-2472
Email: spcoll@uci.edu
URL: http://www.lib.uci.edu/rrsc/speccoll.html
© 2001
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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Geographical (By Place)--United States History--United States and North American History Arts and Humanities--Dance--Dance General

Guide to the Dance Invitations from Massachusetts Collection

Collection number: MS-P41

Special Collections and Archives

The UCI Libraries



University of California

Irvine, California

Contact Information

  • Special Collections and Archives
  • The UCI Libraries
  • P.O. Box 19557
  • University of California
  • Irvine, California 92623-9557
  • Phone: (949) 824-3947
  • Fax: (949) 824-2472
  • Email: spcoll@uci.edu
  • URL: http://www.lib.uci.edu/rrsc/speccoll.html
Processed by:
William Landis
Date Completed:
2001
Encoded by:
Lynette J. Stoudt
© 2001 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dance invitations from Massachusetts collection,
Date (inclusive): 1806-1859 (bulk 1850-1859)
Collection number: MS-P041
Extent: 0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection comprises an inaugural ball admittance ticket and eleven invitations for dances, balls, and a cotillion party held in locations in Massachusetts, chiefly in the city of Worcester. All materials are printed. Several include holograph notations of dates or individual invitees, and contain information such as the location and sponsor of the dance, names of the dance managers or members of the arrangement committee, and the name and number of members of the quadrille band or orchestra. Sponsoring organizations for these dances include the Worcester Light Infantry, the Worcester City Guards, and several fire companies. Some invitations request an "early answer" and several indicate that carriages will call for the attendees. Several of the items are on embossed paper or card stock, with design elements including firemen, warriors, an eagle, and a horse-drawn fire engine. One invitation is printed in gold and its printer is identified as Fletcher. In addition to Worcester, other locations of dances include Hubbardstown, Jonesville, and Templeton, all small towns in eastern Massachusetts.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Dance Invitations from Massachusetts Collection. MS-P41. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Purchased in three separate lots in 2000 and combined by Special Collections and Archives staff. No provenance information is available.

Processing History

Processed by William Landis in 2001.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection comprises an inaugural ball admittance ticket and eleven invitations for dances, balls, and a cotillion party held in locations in Massachusetts, chiefly in the city of Worcester. All materials are printed. Several include holograph notations of dates or individual invitees, and contain information such as the location and sponsor of the dance, names of the dance managers or members of the arrangement committee, and the name and number of members of the quadrille band or orchestra. Sponsoring organizations for these dances include the Worcester Light Infantry, the Worcester City Guards, and several fire companies. Some invitations request an "early answer" and several indicate that carriages will call for the attendees. Several of the items are on embossed paper or card stock, with design elements including firemen, warriors, an eagle, and a horse-drawn fire engine. One invitation is printed in gold and its printer is identified as Fletcher. In addition to Worcester, other locations of dances include Hubbardstown, Jonesville, and Templeton, all small towns in eastern Massachusetts.
Materials in this collection are arranged chronologically.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Balls (Parties)--Massachusetts--Archival resources.
Dance--Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Materials

Invitations.


Collection Contents

Box 1 : 1

Inauguration Ball admittance ticket, 1806.

Box 1 : 1

Ball and dance invitations, 1850-1859.

Physical Description: 11 items.