The University of Southern California began as a mustard field in what was then "West" Los Angeles with a class of 53 students
and 12 teachers. Its first president was Marion Bovard who served the university from 1880 to 1891. As of 2017, there have
been ten more Presidents after Bovard, with Rufus B. von KleinSmid (1921-1947) serving the longest.
This small collection consists of invitations, programs, lists of attendees, and other ephemera pertaining to the inaugurations
of three of USC's past presidents: Norman Topping (1958-1970), Rufus B. Von KleinSmid (1921-1947), and James H. Zumberge
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian.
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.