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Town and Gown records

 Collection
Identifier: 5028

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the records of Town and Gown of the University of Southern California, a non-profit organization begun in 1904 as the Women's Club of USC, which raises money for scholarships, campus projects, and cultural programs. Much of the collection centers on the planning and work needed produce Town and Gown benefit events, most notably the annual luncheon and fashion show, and consequently there is a great deal of overlap among the series.

Two of the largest series are the Event Files and Reports and the President's books, which primarily contain working files often related to the annual benefit luncheon. These files typically include meeting agendas, committee reports, financial records, and planning documents. The collection also includes scrapbooks, known as the "Historian's book" beginning in 1985, which contain photographs, event ephemera, clippings, and meeting notes reflecting the activities of the organization. The Public Relations series chiefly contains working files related to publicizing Town and Gown events. There are also smaller record sets including four framed civic commendations; six compact discs; various financial records; membership lists and rosters; meeting minutes; files related to memorial donations (1991-1994); publications including Town & Gown handbooks, newsletter issues, and the 1997 publication "A History of Town and Gown"; and some files related to the scholarship program.

Much of the collection was removed from 3-ring binders for preservation purposes.

Dates

  • 1910 - 2021

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Department of Special Collections at specol@usc.edu. 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.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Biographical / Historical

Town and Gown of the University of Southern California is a non-profit that raises money for scholarships, campus projects, and cultural programs. Town and Gown began in 1904 as the Women's Club of USC, and the name was changed to Town & Gown by Elisabeth Von KleinSmid, who served as president from 1922 to 1947. In 1982, the group was incorporated as a non-profit corporation.

Extent

32.77 Linear Feet (39 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains the records of Town and Gown of the University of Southern California, a non-profit organization begun in 1904 as the Women's Club of USC, which raises money for scholarships, campus projects, and cultural programs. Much of the collection centers on the planning and work needed produce Town and Gown benefit events, most notably the annual luncheon and fashion show.

Processing Information

This collection is not fully processed.

  • Claude Zachary deaccessioned Box H45.1 "Reports and Benefits Books / 1980-81 to 1984-85" and Box F59.2
Title
Finding aid for the Town and Gown records
Status
Publish Basic
Author
Diann Benti
Date
2022 March
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

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