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Debutante Cotillion and Christmas Ball Collection

Title: Debutante Cotillion and Christmas Ball Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1955-ongoing
Extent of Materials: 3 Hollinger boxes (1.2 linear feet; approx. 275 items)
Location: Duke Storage
Date of Accession:
Donor: Betty Hodges. These materials were removed from Durham Herald-Sun files.
Relationship of donor or materials to the DCL/NCR:
Subject Headings: Cotillions–North Carolina–Durham County.
Debutante Ball Society–North Carolina–Durham County.
Debutante Ball Society–North Carolina–Orange County.
Debutante balls–North Carolina.
Debutantes–North Carolina.
Scope and Content: The collection consists of programs and newspaper clippings and a small number of photographs documenting the balls and other activities of the Debutante Ball Society. A folder of materials relating to the society’s by-laws is also included. The collection contains no materials for the years 1959 and 1971.
Related Materials: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter Collection, 1991-ongoing. North Carolina Collection, Durham County Library.
Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Biographical/Historical Note: Each year, the Debutante Ball Society, which draws its membership from Durham and Orange Counties, presents approximately 40 young women, placing emphasis on “integrity, honor, dignity, and society.” Durham’s first Debutante Ball was held in 1955 at the Durham Armory so that young girls might “make their formal bows to society under conditions as ideal as possible.”
Condition Notes:
Organization of Collection:
Container List:
Box 1
Society by-laws 1962 and undated
Photographs 1962, 1982
Program and clippings 1955
Program and clippings 1956
Program and clippings 1957
Program and clippings 1958
Program 1959
Program and clippings 1960
Program 1961
Program and clippings 1962
Program and clippings 1963
Program and clippings 1964
Program and clippings 1965
Program and clippings 1966
Box 2
Program and clippings 1967
Program and clippings 1968
Program 1969
Program and clippings 1970
Program and clippings 1972
Program and clippings 1973
Program 1974
Clippings 1975
Program 1976
Program 1977
Clippings 1978
Program 1979
Program 1980
Program 1981
Program 1982
Program 1983
Program 1984
Box 3
Program 1985
Program 1986
Program 1987
Program 2001
Program 2002
Program 2003
Program 2004
Program 2005
Program 2006
Program 2007
Program 2008
Program 2009
Program 2010
Program 2011
Program 2012


Updated November 4, 2013.