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May Day Festival

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection number: UA-22-9

Scope and Contents

May Day was a tradition that had been on campus since the school's inception in 1913. It lasted until the 1956, ending after Georgia State Womans College became Co-ed. There was a break in the mid-1940's caused by wartime austerity.  Modeled after the Old English May Day festival, every year featured a different theme, and a new May Queen and Court. Plays were held, and visitors came to view the festivities that always ended with a dance around the May Pole. As the years went on, MayDay evolved to include Play Day, with athletic exhibitions and competitions. The Archives has many images from past May Days, as well as news articles about the events, and original programs and invitations.  In addition May Day is faeatured annually in the Pinecone annual and in our Events and Occations Flickr album.


  • Acquired: 2011-05-17
  • 1913 - 1956

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research


2.00 Boxes



Source of Acquisition

Kate Swiderski

Method of Acquisition

signed deed of gift

Appraisal Information

photographs of May Day from 1934 and 1950 or 1951.

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Revision Statements

  • 2021-02-23: Revised for DACS compliance by Douglas Carlson

Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA 30601 United States
229-259-5055 (Fax)