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USC Helenes scrapbooks and realia

Identifier: 5015

Scope and Content

The USC Helenes scrapbooks and realia consist of scrapbooks, a time capsule, a quilt, branded clothing (4 t-shirts and a jacket), trophies, and certificates. 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).


  • 2006 - 2011


Conditions Governing Access

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

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.

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.


9.04 Linear Feet (1 time capsule, 5 boxes)

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


Donated by the USC Helenes, October 2011.


Finding aid for the USC Helenes scrapbooks and realia
Sue Luftschein
2012 March
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States