Finding aid for the USC Helenes scrapbooks and realia 5015

Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein
USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
2012 March

Title: USC Helenes scrapbooks and realia
Collection number: 5015
Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 5.39 Linear feet 1 time capsule, 2 flat boxes, 1 document box
Date (inclusive): 2006-2011
Abstract: This collection includes scrapbooks, a 2006 time capsule, and branded clothing from the USC Helenes service organization.
creator: USC Helenes.

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

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

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 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).


Donated by the USC Helenes, October 2011.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

Box 1

Scrapbook 2006 Fall-2007 Spring

Box 1

Scrapbook 2007 Spring-2008 Fall

Box 2

Scrapbook 2008

Box 2

Scrapbook 2010

Box 1

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

Box 3

Fight Cancer quilt circa 2009

Box 3

T-shirts and jacket circa 2009

Box 4

Time capsule 2006