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Finding aid for the USC Helenes scrapbooks and realia

Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein, 2012 March

Summary Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
USC Helenes.
USC Helenes scrapbooks and realia
Collection no.
Date [inclusive]
5.39 Linear feet, 1 time capsule, 2 flat boxes, 1 document box
This collection includes scrapbooks, a 2006 time capsule, and branded clothing from the USC Helenes service organization.

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

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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.

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Scope and Content

The USC Helenes scrapbooks and realia consist of 4 scrapbooks, a time capsule, a quilt, and branded clothing (4 t-shirts and a jacket). 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).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2012 March
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189

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.


Donated by the USC Helenes, October 2011.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Southern California. -- Archives
  • University of Southern California. -- History
  • University of Southern California. -- Students
  • USC Helenes.
  • USC Helenes. -- Archives


  • Clothing
  • Scrapbooks


  • Service learning--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Student volunteers in social service--California--Los Angeles--Archives

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Collection Inventory


 Scrapbook 2006 Fall-2007 Spring 


 Scrapbook 2007 Spring-2008 Fall 


 Scrapbook 2008 


 Scrapbook 2010 


 Meeting agenda and notes, photograph, logo drawings 2009 and undated 


 Fight Cancer quilt circa 2009 


 T-shirts and jacket circa 2009 


 Time capsule 2006 


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