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UNC Dance Cards, 1880s

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Dance Cards, 1880s

This dance card belonged to H.W. Jackson in 1885. Because women were not accepted to UNC-Chapel Hill until 1897, those invited to attend balls were often from the surrounding areas of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. It is for this reason that dance cards were used by male students to record the names of the women they chose to dance with for each successive song at a formal ball. Once women were allowed admission to the university, they also used dance cards to record the names of their dance partners.