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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

Shakespeare and Gender

The Newcomb Archives is honored to host a satellite exhibit of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world's most treasured books. On display are rare books on loan to the Newcomb Archives, as well as a first edition of The Stratford Gallery; or, The Shakespeare Sisterhood, from Josephine L. Newcomb's personal library, which features portraits of Shakespeare's heroines. The First Folio itself is on exhibit next door at the Newcomb Art Museum. For more information, including a detailed schedule of all events, please visit the exhibition website.  

The exhibit is on display in the Seltzer-Gerard Reading Room, first floor of the Caroline Richardson Building, Monday through Friday 12pm-4pm. The exhibit opens Monday, May 9th, and runs through May 31st, 2016.

Closed for Commencement

The Newcomb Archives will be closed Friday May 13th for Under the Oaks.

Reading Room Summer Hours

The reading room will be open to the public Monday through Friday, 12pm-4pm, through May 31st, and by appointment. The Newcomb Archives will be closed Friday May 20th. The Archives will be open by appointment only June 1st through August 28th. Reading room public hours will resume August 29th.


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


Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000