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Twenty-two Bachelor Buttons from the 1921 May Fete. A large white fence is in place as a background. The Adelphi Fountain is centered behind the gates of the fence. Merrifield Hall Main stands in the background. The May Fete was a modest production from 1909-1916 until Nell Martindale took over as head and expanded the small show into a spectacular dance-drama. From 1917 to 1927, May Fete saw elaborate sets and as many as 500 performers. The last May Fete was in 1927 when Martindale resigned to be married.


May Fete; Students; Fence; Main Merrifield Hall; Adelphi Fountain; Flower Costumes; College students; Fences; Fabric flowers; Adelphi Fountain (Grand Forks; N.D.); Costume; Plays; College buildings

Places Depicted

North Dakota--Grand Forks; North Dakota

Organizations Depicted

University of North Dakota; May Fete (University of North Dakota); Main (Grand Forks, N.D. : Building); Merrifield Hall (Grand Forks, N.D.)


Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota