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Line of couples at Maifest celebration in Brenham, Texas

Description: Photograph of a line of couples in pageant outfits at a Maifest celebration in Brenham, Texas. Creating a diagonal line across the image, on the left is a line of debutants in voluminous dresses, at the front is Harriet Williams wearing a dress created by Lilli Wolff and Mati Driessen. On the far right is a young man wearing a white jacket, black bowtie, and black slacks, presumably with a row of young men following behind him and also holding the arms of the young women next to them.
Date: 1958
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
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A History of Debutante Presentation in Dallas, 1884-1977

Description: This study traces the history of debutante presentations in Dallas, Texas, from 1884 to 1976. Manuscript materials, organizational collections, interviews, and published sources were used to document and establish past and present information. The problem is organized topically and treated in chronological order within each subject. The role of four bachelors' clubs, Idlewild, Terpsichorean, Calyx, and Dervish, is emphasized and the influence of a business known as Party Service is considered. The evidence gathered for this work suggests the following conclusions: that a complicated and lavish process has evolved, that the influence of heritage and family prominence has gradually eroded, that emphasis centers now on the recently financially successful families, and that despite these changes, the ritual of debutante presentations in Dallas remains strong.
Date: December 1977
Creator: Lindley, Melinda A.
Partner: UNT Libraries
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[Item 4A: Film Reel: Debutantes, Constance Owsley, 1947]

Description: Film of the Debutantes ball of 1947-48, held at the Idlewild Club of Dallas. The footage features young women in ball gowns being escorted around the room by men in tuxedos and dancing, as well as a still photo of the 7 debutantes and their escorts Constance Owsley is featured 7th in line at 05:40.
Date: 1947
Duration: 8 minutes 02 seconds
Creator: Curry, Robert M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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[News Script: Marsha]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about a big game hunter that is a debutante from Fort Worth, Texas.
Date: November 2, 1960
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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[News Clip: Ball]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas to accompany a news story about the annual Steeplechase Ball.
Date: November 18, 1951
Duration: 33 seconds
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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[News Script: Negro debutantes are presented]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about seven 1954 debutantes being presented at the annual Ambassador's Club Ball in the North Side Coliseum.
Date: December 31, 1954
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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[News Script: Charity ball]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about Fort Worth's fourth annual jewel charity ball.
Date: January 20, 1957
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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