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The Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Library Special Collections are part of the Newcomb College Institute. They collect, preserve, and make available records that document the history of women and gender in the Gulf South, particularly records that relate to women's education, the history of students at Newcomb College and Tulane University, women and gender minorities in the American South, culinary history, and the second wave women's movement in Louisiana. In addition, they maintain a non-circulating special collection library devoted to women's education, prescriptive literature, culinary history, Newcomb authors, third wave feminist zines, and other topics related to the historic women's college of the University. Named collections include the Marla Custard collection on gender and sexuality.


New Exhibit on Display in the Reading Room

"Practical Arts: Bookbinding, Metalwork & Embroidery at Newcomb College"

Josephine Louise Newcomb intended that Newcomb College should honor the memory of her daughter, Sophie, by providing young women with a place of higher learning that would “look to the practical side of life as well as to literary excellence.” The Newcomb Arts and Crafts program had a dual purpose: to instill in its students “a sympathetic understanding and appreciation of all the ways by which art finds expression,” and to offer women the opportunity to learn a practical skill set by which they might earn money. In addition to the much celebrated Newcomb Pottery enterprise, students received instruction in the practical arts of bookbinding, metalwork and embroidery. This exhibit features examples of such “industrial arts,” showcasing the fine artistry and craftsmanship from the early years of Newcomb.

The exhibit is on view in the Seltzer-Gerard Reading Room, Caroline Richardson Building, 62 Newcomb Place. Visitor hours are 12pm – 4pm Monday through Friday.

 Mardi Gras Schedule

We will be closed Saturday Feb. 6 - Tuesday Feb. 9 for Mardi Gras.


Reference Desk
(504) 865-5762

Chloe Raub
Head of Archives & Special Collections
(504) 314-2723

Sam Bruner
Archivist for Technical Services and Digital Initiatives
(504) 314-2722


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