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About this collection

The University of Southern California History collection contains yearbooks, photographs, newspapers, audio, video, and documents published by or otherwise created at USC, or specifically about USC.

Academic Senate Records

The collection contains minutes and resolutions from the meetings of the University Faculty Senate (later the Academic Senate) from 1947 to 2011.

For more information see The Academic Senate

The Daily Trojan, 1912- [the student newspaper]

The Daily Trojan is the student newspaper at the University of Southern California often referred to as the "DT". The paper, published by USC students grew out of the University Courier (1894-1912), a weekly news and literary magazine. Since its inception in 1912, the DT has had several different titles:

  • Daily Southern Californian (1912-1915)
  • Southern California Trojan (1915-1925, 1943-1944)
  • Southern California Daily Trojan (1925-1943, 1944-1946)
  • Daily Trojan (1943, 1946- )

In the Summer, the DT is called the Summer Trojan and is issued weekly rather than daily.

The collection was digitized from microfilm and print copies of the newspaper in the University Archives and current issues continue to be added electronically.

For more information see Daily Trojan History.

Dentistry yearbooks, 1904-

The Dental Department, later the College of Dentistry, the School of Dentistry, and from 2010, the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, published its own yearbook since 1904. USC Dental yearbooks separate from El Rodeo were not published in 1965, 1993, 1997, 2007 and other years as well. The yearbooks have been variously titled.

  • Extractions (1904-1905)
  • Odontograms (1918-1921)
  • El Molaro (1952-1972, 1978, 1988-1996, 2002-2004)
  • School of Dentistry yearbook (1973-1977, 1979-1987, 2000-2001, 2005- )
  • Restorations (1998-1999)

In the 1970s and 1980s many of the yearbooks had a theme satirizing various cultural phenomena of the day including: Playboy, the US bicentennial, Mad MagazineStar WarsNational Lampoon, Disneyland, the Olympics, Star Trek, camp, mechanical engineering, board games, big box discount stores and dentistry itself. A yearbook just for the department of Dental Hygiene was issued in 2009. The 1961 yearbook was issued with a 33⅓-rpm record and the 2001 yearbook was issued with a DVD. 

ROTC yearbooks, 1940-

The Reserve Officers' Training Corps units at USC have issued their own yearbooks.

El Rodeo, 1898- [the student yearbook]

El Rodeo is USC's yearbook. It has been published annually since 1898. The Japanese Student Association even published several in Japanese between 1912 and 1919.

For availability of the current print volume, see El Rodeo

Trojan Family Album

USC's graduates have donated memorabilia from their association with USC in this collection. Contact us if you want to contribute.

University Archives Image, Audio & Video Collections

The University Archives Image, Audio & Video Collections contains photographs, sound, and moving images documenting the history of USC. Subjects include: football coaches, fraternities, sororities, buildings, student activities and athletics.

Search for Buildings or Fountains or People or Plaques.

University of Southern California Chronicle

The USC Chronicle was published by USC for the staff and faculty of USC. It was published from October 1974 through at least October 2002 and was continued by the USC Transcript. A run limited to the years 1995 through 2002 are available here. 

University Libraries Collection -- coming soon

The Edward L. Doheny Memorial Library, USC's flagship library, opened in 1932. Sixty-seven years after its opening, it was closed for nearly two years for a Seismic Retrofit and Preservation Project from December 1999 to August 2001. The project was mostly paid for by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and included major cleaning and conservation work as well.

The photographs in this collection showcase the newly retrofitted building just prior to its reopening.  Both public and private spaces are documented.

Some photographs of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Library, which opened in 1994 and is located just across the quad from Doheny, are also included.

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