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USC Helenes scrapbooks and realia
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  • Historical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Title: USC Helenes scrapbooks and realia
    creator: USC Helenes
    source: USC Helenes
    Identifier/Call Number: 5015
    Identifier/Call Number: 1256
    Physical Description: 9.04 Linear Feet 1 time capsule, 5 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 2006-2011
    Abstract: This collection includes scrapbooks and realia, 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 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).

    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.

    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


    Donated by the USC Helenes, October 2011.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Service learning -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
    Student volunteers in social service -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archives
    University of Southern California -- History
    University of Southern California -- Archives
    University of Southern California -- Students
    USC Helenes
    USC Helenes -- Archives