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Newcomb College Washington Avenue Campus (1891-1918): An Interactive Map and Timeline

The interactive map allows people to view images and descriptions of the various buildings of the Newcomb College Washington Avenue campus from 1891-1918. The timeline shows how the campus developed and expanded during that period. The images and texts were taken from materials held in the Newcomb Archives. This exhibit was built in Adobe Flash Catalyst by Collat Media Intern Yuhui Yun (S&E 2013) during spring semester 2011.

Olga Peters, 1899-1984

This exhibit explores the life of Carnival designer, Olga Peters, and her work as an artist, dance teacher, and public school teacher. The exhibit shows different facets of her career. Notably she earned her master's degree by studying costuming in the dance companies of Paris and Milan, and used some of these ideas in both her designs and her work as a dance teacher. 

Gender and Archives

This is a project that seeks to explore the history of recordkeeping and new digital approaches to considering who creates knowledge about the past – subjects that archivists and public historians share with a number of others in the humanities. Technology itself is a template that allows us to explore the boundaries of the past, and within these boundaries, provides access to history. The exhibit is in the form of a blog but also gives stories, statistics, collection listings and other materials that exemplify the types of recordkeeping women have created and the activities of recordkeeping in which they participate.


The Newcomb Arcade

This exhibit includes select issues in their entirety and an anthology of pieces from the Newcomb literary magazine. The Newcomb Arcade was the magazine published by the students and alumnae of the College from 1909-1934.

Newcomb Pottery

This exhibit introduces the ceramics tradition of Newcomb College of the last hundred years. Look here for biographies of some of the women designers as well as the history of Newcomb Pottery.

Newcomb Relief Unit

Information and history of a group of students who assisted overseas during World War I.

The Newcomb College Oral History Project is intended to record the first-hand reminiscences of Newcomb College alumnae, faculty, and staff in order to preserve and transmit the rich heritage of Newcomb College and to document life at Newcomb as well as the social and professional histories of Newcomb alumnae. Listen to excerpts from these interviews, and watch soon for a listing of all our interviews. This will be a work-in-progress, since the interviewing of many women occurred in the 1980s and the quality of the tapes is not perfect. You will then have some of the same access you might have if you visited the Archives. In other cases, we can make digital recordings for you on request.

Information about scrapbooks, their history, and their cultural significance can be found at this location.

You may also view our digitized scrapbooks in the Tulane University Digital Library.

One of the collections housed in the Newcomb Archives is the collection of Newcomb College Student Records, dating from 1895-1925. As in all archival collections, this collection shows us the past: glimpses of the dreams and hopes of generations that came before us. One way that this collection allows this sort of reflection is through its letterheads, the very stationery on which parents and their daughters wrote to the College. These colorful pages provide information about the family business or the employer (usually of the father) and, by extension, information about the whole of the commercial South.  

Ruth and Rosalie: Friendships and Historical Process

The history of New Orleans and Louisiana in the twentieth century has been shaped not only by the names writ large in history books and mentioned on the History Channel, but by many dedicated and brave women whose involvement in social and political causes revolutionized politics, education, and many other facets of life in the city and state. Two of these women, Ruth Dreyfous and Rosalie Cohen, are commemorated here for their work to improve New Orleans for its citizens. For related materials, see also Bobbi Malone's biography of Ruth Dreyfous, and the related biography of Mathilde Mendelssohn Schwab Dreyfous.

Two Women and Their Cookbooks: Lena Richard and Mary Land

Learn about two women who helped define and popularize Louisiana cooking during the mid-20th century. An exhibit about Land and Richard was on view in the Seltzer-Gerard Reading Room November 2-December 21, 2001. This project was supported by a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

This exhibit offers images depicting some of the rituals observed in women's everyday lives and special occasions. Originally on display in the Seltzer-Gerard Reading Room June 2003 until September 2003.

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