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Valeska Foss High School scrapbook

Finding aid prepared by Jacqueline Morin, 2012

Summary Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
Contreras, Valeska Foss
Valeska Foss High School scrapbook
Collection no.
Date [inclusive]
1.0 linear ft., 1 box
Scrapbooks [Box]
"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.

Preferred Citation

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

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189

Conditions Governing Access

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 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.


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

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Abraham Lincoln High School (Los Angeles, Calif.). -- Alumni and alumnae
  • Abraham Lincoln High School (Los Angeles, Calif.). -- History-Sources


  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Andrus, Ethel Percy -- Archives
  • Contreras, Valeska Foss -- Archives


  • High school students--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • High schools--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources

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