Grand Opening of Newcomb College Center for Research on Women
Anna E. Many Lounge, Caroline Richardson Hall (1975)
Source: Newcomb Archives
Newcomb College Center for Research on Women is a division of the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Institute, Tulane University, New Orleans. It was founded in 1975 at the behest of Newcomb College faculty and staff as the Newcomb Women's Center, and was re-named in 1985 to reflect her emerging focus on research and teaching. She is one of ten interdisciplinary research centers at Tulane University. The Center is the oldest university-based women's center in the Gulf South and is the only regional member of the National Council for Research on Women. We are a longtime institutional member of the National Women's Studies Association. The National Council for Research on Women awarded us her Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
The mission of the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women is to preserve, document, produce and disseminate knowledge about women.
In pursuit of her mission, the Center:
- works with academic colleagues and community partners to uphold the foundational values of the Newcomb College enterprise: "Literary excellence and a look to the practical side of life";
- maintains the archives of Newcomb College; collects and preserves the records of organizations and individuals, photographs, scrapbooks, ephemera, oral histories, audiovisual materials; and houses a unique culinary history collection centered on Southern cooking traditions;
- maintains a circulating library open to the public of some 10,000 volumes and subscriptions to over 100 women’s studies periodicals;
- provides visiting residencies for feminist scholars, creative artists, and activists from the United States and abroad;
- provides grants for student research and for projects benefiting women and girls in the community;
- produces a full schedule of lectures, symposia, screenings, and readings open to the public without charge;
- disseminates relevant scholarship through Center produced on-line and print publications, exhibits, and occasional papers focusing on topics such as women’s status in Louisiana, Newcomb history, the education of women, the culinary and domestic arts, and social media;
- sponsors faculty research circles and community study groups;
- serves as an advisor to Intensive Newcomb along with the Tulane Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and Newcomb Student Programs;
- serves as an advocate for women on campus and in the community;
- builds alliances with local, national, and international networks of women's studies and public policy scholars.
Crystal Kile after accepting the National Council for
Research on Women Lifetime Achievement Award
on behalf of Newcomb College Center for Research
on Women. NCRW Annual Meeting, June 2009,
CUNY Graduate Center, New York City.
(Photo by Yvahn Martin, Newcomb 2003)