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Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118

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Newcomb Archives News


Student Library Aide lands Summer Internship at the Baseball Hall of Fame

Posted March 9, 2010

Allison F. Gallaspy, a senior aide in the Nadine Vorhoff Library, was awarded an internship to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. The ten-week program begins June 1st. She will be working as a reference assistant in the Hall of Fame's A. Bartlett Giamatti Research Center. Allison has been working in the Vorhoff Library since her first semester at Newcomb College (January 2006), and it is this work experience that won her the position in Cooperstown. Allison graduates in May with a B.A. in History and in the fall she will enter the master's program in Information Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

For more information on the National Baseball Hall of Fame or the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program, visit



William Woodard is Louisiana Cultural Vistas' cover story for Winter 2010

Posted December 22, 2009

The winter cover story for the magazine Louisiana Cultural Vistas is devoted to William Woodard, who, with his brother Ellsworth, were professors of Art at Tulane University and Tulane High School. Woodward's works are on exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art. William Woodward, 1859-1939: An American Impressionist in New Orleans will run through February 28, 2010.

A version of this article, "William Woodward, 1859-1939: American Impressionist in New Orleans," appeared earlier in the New Orleans Museum of Art magazine Arts Quarterly, vol. 31, issue 4 (October/November/December 2009): 8-9.


Antiques Roadshow reruns segment appraising Newcomb potter's wares

Posted December 21, 2009

In July 1998, public television's Antiques Roadshow was in Louisville, Kentucky. The appraiser, David Lackey, interviewed a guest who had brought several vases and coasters that she had decorated while attending Newcomb College from 1927-1929. Margaret Allen indicated that, while she worked on six or seven pieces - some of which merited the "Newcomb College" mark, she never sold any of them at the Newcomb gift shop.

This appraisal first aired in November 2006; it aired again this past Saturday, December 19th, as part of a retrospective, "Roadshow Remembers."

Recent Publication on Sadie Irvine

Posted December 16, 2009

In fall 2009, Adrienne Spinozzi published an article about Newcomb Pottery artist Sadie Irvine: "From the Iconic to the Intimate: Understanding the Work of Newcomb Pottery's Sadie Irvine," American Ceramic Circle Journal 15 (2009): 120-143.


Highlighted Collection: Mary Anne DeBoisblanc

Posted March 5, 2009

Painting by Mary Anne De Boisblanc

In conjunction with the exhibition, Le Triomphe de Marie-Rosalie (2009), the Newcomb Archives was pleased to receive papers related to the work of Mary Anne DeBoisblanc.These letters, genealogical materials, and other papers concern le grand derangement and life in Acadian Louisiana over three centuries. Below is a photo of one of Mary Anne DeBoisblanc's paintings entitled "Wedding at Ariel Plantation."

DeBoisblanc's Wedding at Ariel Plantation


Newcomb Archives Travel-to-Collection Grants

Posted October 14, 2008

Each year, the Newcomb Archives awards two $600 Travel-to-Collections Grants to scholars wishing to conduct research in the Newcomb Archives. The grants are available to graduate students for research towards M.A., Ph.D. or other post-graduate degrees; faculty members working on research projects; or independent scholars working on nonprofit projects.

The application deadlines are November 30 and March 31. To apply, please submit three copies of the following materials: 1) Description of the research project and rationale for travel to the Archives (2-3 pages); 2) A letter of support from someone who is familiar with your work; 3) A budget itemizing anticipated research expenses. Preference is given to researchers interested in Newcomb pottery; the lives of artists educated at Newcomb, particularly Sadie Irvine, Harriet Joor or Juanita Mauras; or the life courses of educated women during the 1900-1950s. The application deadlines are November 30 and March 31 each year. Direct all queries and proposals to: Susan Tucker Curator of Books and Records Newcomb College Center for Research on Women 200 Caroline Richardson Hall Tulane University New Orleans, LA 70118.



Highlighted Collection: Jan Gilbert

Posted September 17, 2008

Biographical papers and other work of Jan Gilbert especially add to an understanding of the exhibit LOSS. RITUAL. RELIC, install November 1, 2008, and up through February 2009. Gilbert was co-founder and curator of the exhibit, both its CAC residency and NCCROW installation.


Thank You to the National Endowment for the Humanities and other donors!

Posted: August 23, 2007

The Newcomb Archives and the Nadine Vorhoff Library were recently chosen as the recipients of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Under their program to stabilize humanities collections in federally designated disaster areas, the Archives and Library were awarded $368,511 for the purchase and installation of an environmental system.  This grant will allow us enhance to longevity of records about the lives of women who attended Newcomb or who were active in Louisiana.



News Concerning Archival Use and Publications

Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times

Scholar Janet Allured, recipient of a Travel-to-Collections grant in 2008, is the editor of  Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times (University of Georgia Press). Moving chronologically from the colonial period to the present, this collection of seventeen biographical essays provides a window into the social, cultural, and geographic milieu of women's lives in the state. Within the context of the historical forces that have shaped Louisiana, the contributors look at ways in which the women they profile either abided by prevailing gender norms or negotiated new models of behavior for themselves and other women. Louisiana Women concludes with an essay that examines women's active responses to problems that emerged in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The women whose absorbing life stories are collected here include Marie Thérèse Coincoin, who was born a slave but later became a successful entrepreneur, and Oretha Castle Haley, civil rights activist and leader of the New Orleans chapter of CORE. From such well-known figures as author Kate Chopin and Voudou priestess Marie Laveau, to lesser known women such as Cajun musician Cleoma Breaux Falcon, this volume reveals a compelling cross section of historical figures. The women profiled vary by race, class, political affiliation, and religious persuasion, but they all share an unusual grit and determination that allowed them to turn trying circumstances into opportunity. Lively yet rigorous, these essays introduce readers to the courageous, dedicated, and inventive women who have been an essential part of Louisiana's history.

Historical figures included:

  • Marie Thérèse Coincoin
  • The Baroness Pontalba
  • Marie Laveau
  • Sarah Katherine (Kate) Stone
  • Eliza Jane Nicholson
  • Kate Chopin
  • Grace King
  • Louisa Williams Robinson, Her Daughters, and Her Granddaughters
  • Clementine Hunter
  • Dorothy Dix
  • True Methodist Women
  • Cleoma Breaux Falcon
  • Caroline Dormon
  • Mary Land
  • Rowena Spencer
  • Oretha Castle Haley
  • Louisiana Women and Hurricane Katrina



Newcomb College Center for Research on Women @ Tulane University New Orleans, LA 70118  504-865-5238