Dating and Courtship, 1927-1933

This exhibit examines the dating patterns of couples in the years 1927-1933.  The letters of Jay Frank Young and Henrietta T. Morriss were examined and contextualized using literature about dating from the Victorian era to the present. The letters of Henrietta T. Morriss and J. Frank Young were mostly written between 1927 until 1931, with the bulk of them being written by J. Frank Young. Within this exhibit, gender roles are also being examined, alongside dating trends.  It can be argued that gender roles are implicit in the ways that people approach dating.   This exhibit shows how ordinary people’s lives tie into a larger historical narrative.