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1988 Seoul Olympics ephemera and printed materials

Identifier: 3014

Scope and Contents

The 1988 Seoul Olympics ephemera and printed materials, 1984-1994, comprise promotional ephemera, realia, brochures, catalogs, programs, and publications created and collected by the Seoul Olympic Organizing Committing for the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, which were held in Seoul, South Korea from September 17 to October 2, 1998. The collection contains primarily ephemera and realia in the form of enamel pins, buttons, keychains, ceramic commemorative plates and tea cups, Hodori the Mascot plastic standing figurines and pottery, stickers, slides, flag and regular banners, posters, medallions, postcards, an Asian fan, a Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal box, Olympics commentary earphones, and a paperweight. There are also oversized items, including an Olympic torch (in original box), a countdown clock, and nine posters on foam core.

The collection also contains printed materials published in connection with the 1988 Olympics Games in the form of open and closing ceremony programs, brochures, guides, catalogs, newsletters, press kits, journals, newspapers, clippings books, and an original Invitation to the opening ceremonies. The remainder of the collection comprises printed materials on the 1986 10th Asian Games, the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games as well as the subsequent Olympics in Barcelona and Lausanne, and one folder of correspondence between USC's Korean Heritage Library and the Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee regarding the donation of these materials.


  • 1984 - 1994


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 Curator of the Korean Heritage Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Korean Heritage Library 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 1988 Summer Olympics (officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad) were held in Seoul, South Korea from September 17 to October 2, 1988. They were the first Olympic Games ever held in South Korea. Seoul was chosen to host the Summer Games through a vote held on September 30, 1981. The Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee (SLOOC), led by President Park She-jik, was responsible for the lead up to the Summer Olympics as well as in charge of overseeing the promotional aspects. Through correspondence with USC's Korean Heritage Library in 1988, it was decided USC would become the official repository for materials relating to the then still upcoming Olympic Games.


4.5 Linear Feet (4 bankers boxes)

Language of Materials



The 1988 Summer Olympics (officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad) were held in Seoul, South Korea from September 17 to October 2, 1988. This collection consists primarily of ephemera and realia related to the Olympic Games, as well as promotional printed materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee, 1989. A few items received subsequently.

List of the Ephemera and Printed Materials of the 1988 Seoul Olympics
Sarah Cassone
2018 April
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Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries East Asian Library Repository

Doheny Memorial Library
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-1825 United States