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“From the Waltz to the Jitterbug”: Dances at Syracuse University, 1900-1960s - Military Balls Slideshow

From the 1910s through around the early 1930s, the Military Ball was an event attended by women students only. The dance, sponsored by the Women's Athletic Association, was a masked or costume ball. The Dean of Women and other faculty members judged and awarded prizes for the most original costumes. Later, however, the event became a military ball in the more literal sense. It was sponsored by the Scabbard and Blade, the University's military honorary society, and the ROTC. Students associated with those organizations attended the Military Ball.


Women students dressed in costume for the 1925 Military Ball, a women-only event. [ARM Image 11-0883] Women students dressed in costume for the 1925 Military Ball. [ARM Image 11-0883] Women students dressed in costume for the 1930 Military Ball in Archbold Gymnasium. [ARM Image 11-0885] Ticket for the 1939 Military Ball, sponsored by the Scabbard and Blade, the military honorary society, in Archbold Gymnasium. Jack Curran and his orchestra performed, and, just like at other dances, a queen was elected. The dance was open only to members of the ROTC and their friends, and ROTC pledges were decorated at the event. Couples marching at the 1956 Military Ball at Hotel Syracuse. [ARM Image 11-0929] Art Mooney and his orchestra performing at the 1956 Military Ball at Hotel Syracuse. [ARM Image 11-0930]