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Name: Gould, Helen (1905? (date of birth))

Historical Note:

Helen Gould was a Purdue University student from 1922-1926, as indicated in the Debris yearbook. Little more is known about her. Her dance cards and theater programs reflect the many dances and performances she attended as a Purdue student.

A dance card was used by a woman to record the names of the gentlemen with whom she intended to dance each successive dance at a formal ball, and it listed all the dances for the evening. Opposite each dance is a space to record the name of the partner for the dance. They appear to have originated in the 18th century, but their use first became widespread in the 19th century Vienna, especially at the massive balls during Fasching before Lent.

A dance card is typically a booklet with a decorative cover, indicating the sponsoring organization of the ball and a decorative cord by which it could be attached to a lady's wrist or ball gown. As in Gould’s case, they are often kept as souvenirs of the evening.


Debris. West Lafayette, Indiana: Senior Class of Purdue University, 1924. Online.

Retrieved May 14, 2014 from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_card

Note Author: Mary A. Sego

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