Susan Tucker


Curator of Books and Records

As Curator of Books and Records, Susan Tucker oversees the Newcomb Archives and the Vorhoff Library.  Her research interests concern gender, material culture, and archival studies. These interests have extended from a large-scale oral history project on domestic workers – Telling Memories Among Southern Women (LSU Press, 1988) –  to exhibits, publications, and projects concerned with how people remember the past through photographs, albums, and scrapbooks. Some of this work culminated in The Scrapbook in American Life (Temple University Press, 2006) co-edited by Tucker, Katherine Ott, and Patricia Buckler. That book won the 2006 Pioneer Society Award as the best-edited book in the field of North American material culture.

Tucker has also worked on the history of Newcomb arts and crafts pottery, food history, and public history. After receiving a 1992 donation of cookbooks for the Vorhoff Library, she acted as coordinator for a series of conferences on the history of cookbooks and on various ethnic cuisines. In 1999, she founded the New Orleans Culinary History Group. With this group, she planned a number of programs and exhibits on food in New Orleans. The group also wrote a series of essays, New Orleans Cuisine: Fourteen Signature Dishes and Their Histories (University Press of Mississippi, 2009).

Based on work done as a Fulbright scholar to Iceland in 1999, work for the International Council on Archives in 2002, and a 2003-2004 Research Fellowship grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, Susan completed a study of the websites promoting genealogical research in 2006. More recently, her dissertation, The Most Public of All History: Family History and Heritage Albums in the Transmission of Records (University of Amsterdam, 2009), explored other aspects of the practices of memory keeping among families.

In her life outside work, Susan likes gardening, reading, spinning classes, and also, spending time, virtual or real, with her own family, their material culture, and their records.

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