Valeska Foss High School scrapbook 0396

Finding aid prepared by Jacqueline Morin
USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189

Title: Valeska Foss High School scrapbook
Collection number: 0396
Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Container: 1
Physical Description: 1.0 linear ft. 1 box
Date (inclusive): 1916-1919
Abstract: "The Girl Graduate: Her Own Book" is embossed into the leather cover of this fragile scrapbook. The volume was kept by Valeska Foss of Lincoln High School in Los Angeles, California, between 1916 and 1919, the year she graduated from high school. The scrapbook is filled with small photographs, invitations, notes, clippings, programs, illustrations, and handwritten descriptions and narratives on the pages. The principal of Lincoln High School at the time was Ethel Percy Andrus who, among her many notable achievements, was the first woman high school principal in California and the founder of AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). The Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California is named for her and the reason the donor gifted her scrapbook to USC.
creator: Contreras, Valeska Foss

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The scrapbook was donated to USC's Gerontology Center in 1980 by Valeska Foss Contreras.

Preferred Citation

Valeska Foss High School scrapbook, Collection no. 0396, Regional History Collection, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Abraham Lincoln High School (Los Angeles, Calif.). -- Alumni and alumnae
Abraham Lincoln High School (Los Angeles, Calif.). -- History-Sources
Andrus, Ethel Percy -- Archives
Contreras, Valeska Foss -- Archives
High school students--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
High schools--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources