Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Shall we dance?

In among the boxes of materials coming up from the OHSU School of Dentistry vault are some subsets of items that we would consider small manuscript collections. These are usually groupings of unique items (photos, manuscripts) with a single source (creator or donor) that have survived as intact collections from time of acquisition by the dental school until delivery to us here in the archives.

One such little grouping has come to us from S.D. "Dutch" Orwitz, North Pacific College Class of 1922. In June of 1975, he sent an envelope from his home in San Francisco to Portland. The enclosed note had one word only: "Memorabilia." The collection includes nine photographs and three charming dance cards, from the Trowel Fraternity's "Inaugoration Day" in March 1921, the Junior Ball in April 1921, the Junior-Senior Prom in 1922. Only the March 1921 card bears names of dance partners; one wonders whether a girl from that spring night captured all the spaces for April and beyond....

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