USC Helenes scrapbooks and realia Edit


Finding Aid Author
Sue Luftschein
Finding Aid Date
2012 March
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard


  • 2006 – 2011 (Creation)


  • 5.39 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 time capsule, 2 flat boxes, 1 document box

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  • Abstract

    This collection includes scrapbooks, a 2006 time capsule, and branded clothing from the USC Helenes service organization.

  • Historical note

    The USC Helenes is the oldest women's service organization at USC. Arabella De Oliviera established the USC Helenes in 1921 as an all-female service organization; at that time they represented the University as the "Official Hostesses of USC". Originally called the Amazons, membership was reserved for upper classmen. The lower classmen involved were divided into two groups: the Chimes and the Spurs. When the Amazons changed their name in 1969 to the "Helenes," the three separate branches became one unified organization. The name change was implemented to align with the Trojan theme of the University and was inspired by the iconic Helen of Troy. The Helenes engage in service for both the University and the surrounding Los Angeles community.

  • Scope and Content

    The USC Helenes scrapbooks and realia consist of 4 scrapbooks, a time capsule, a quilt, and branded clothing (4 t-shirts and a jacket). The scrapbooks document Helenes activities (including the Annual Mother Daughter Tea, themed parties and events, membership activities) and participation in USC and community activities (including the Los Angeles Marathon, Swim with Mike, Los Angeles Food Bank).

  • Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the University Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], USC Helenes scrapbooks and realia, Collection no. 5015, University Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

  • Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

  • Acquisition

    Donated by the USC Helenes, October 2011.