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May Day Celebrations at Elon

Identifier: EUA 110

Scope and Contents

This collection includes documents and information about Elon’s annual May Day celebration. This collection is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically by type of material and/or title of document. Folders include May Day pamphlets, May pole, Newspaper clippings, Play Day, Senior Dance pamphlets, and theatrical works. The items in this collection offer a glimpse into what May Day is, as well as an informational resource to help manifest the different things that happened on campus on this special day. One of the larger series in the collection (May Day pamphlets) offers past and relevant examples of how Elon attempted to inform students on the promotion May Day celebrations on Elon’s campus.


  • 1936-1982

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research

Copyright Notice

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical / Historical

This collection is generated by the Elon archives related to the May Day celebrations. May Day is the celebration of the return of Spring. The theme of the Elon College May Day program was keyed to that idea which was first recognized with the inception of the United Nations: uniting the nations of the world through the common bonds of mutual interests. It generates the idea that people are people in this world, whether they are Russian, English, Polish, or even Italian. Us people enjoy the same pastimes any people do, we Americans for instance. We celebrate the fact that we’ve chosen the common bond of interest held by people the world over in the festivities connected with May Day. This day establishes the fact that we Americans are a heterogeneous grouping of people, and that there is no true American. People all over the world are not so different from us Americans, even though they enjoy different customs, embrace different ideologies, and speak different languages. May Day festivals are held throughout the world and they are intended to unite nations by a common bond of sympathy.


.5 Linear Feet (1 archival box)

Language of Materials



This collection includes papers relating to the May Day Celebrations at Elon. The main purpose of May Day is to celebrate the unity of different nations in this world through the common bonds of mutual interests. There has been different celebrations concerning May Day worldwide, but they all express the purpose of welcoming a change of season, which is Spring.


The collection is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically by type of material and/or title of document.

Physical Location

The collection is located in the Carol Grotnes Belk Library Archives and Special Collections at Elon University. Please contact the Archives and Special Collections staff for further details about the location.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown. Materials collected and assembled over many years to form collection.

Related Materials

There are no related materials to this collection at this time.

Processing Information

Processed by Trent Dodson, March, 2018

Trent Dodson
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Repository Details

Part of the Belk Library Archives & Special Collections Repository

Belk Library, Room 204
Campus Box 2550
Elon U.S.A. - North Carolina 27244