Revisit Your USC Days Through the Digital Library

Take a nostalgic stroll back to your student days with the USC Digital Library archive.

February 29, 2016 Diane Krieger

Ever wonder what happened to Joe, the anthro major with green spiky hair in your freshman residence hall? Or are you just looking to relive some of your favorite USC moments as a student? You now have a new tool that will help you travel back in time.

Thanks to a partnership between USC Libraries and the USC Alumni Association, alumni and friends of USC can now search for their former classmates, friends and organizations in the comprehensive Trojan Family Archive, a project housed in the USC Digital Library.

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The Trojan Family Archive, which initially launched in 2013 with a vast collection of the Daily Trojan student newspaper (1912–present), the El Rodeo student yearbook (1898–present) and issues of USC Trojan Family Magazine from the last two decades, has expanded this fall to include the University Commencement program (1911–present) and every back issue of USC Trojan Family Magazine and its predecessors (such as Alumni Review) since 1917. The archive includes high-resolution copies of every photo, article, name listing, letter to the editor, obituary and birth notice in a searchable database.

“You can look at these publications page by page,” says Claude Zachary, university archivist. “If you want to save a page, you can download it as a low-resolution JPEG. Or download the entire volume or issue as a PDF.”

Funding for the project came primarily from the USC Alumni Association and a donor pool led by history enthusiast Jim Maddux ’56, Half Century Trojans president for 2015–16.

“The Trojan Family Archive presents an exciting opportunity for all alumni and friends of the university to relive great memories, reconnect with their USC heritage and share their own USC story with family, friends and future generations of Trojans,” says Patrick Auerbach EdD ’08, USC’s associate senior vice president for alumni relations. “This archive will make vast digital resources available via the USC Digital Library and enrich the experience for alumni engaging with their alma mater.”