The New Orleans Drag King Collection Project is composed of oral histories, personal papers, and ephemera reflecting community activities and personal experiences of the drag king performance culture in New Orleans, from its beginnings in the late 1990s to the current day. Old and new flyers, press releases, sketches, notes, letters, and any other papers that document and provide insight into the various drag king activities in town are some of the pieces in the collection.
Newcomb Authors Collection
The Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Library Special Collections collect the published works of Newcomb alumnae, faculty, and staff. The collection has also recently been expanded to include texts written by faculty associates of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program of Tulane University and Newcomb Fellows. This collection is non-circulating but is available to researchers and visitors on-site in our reading room. Some duplicate copies of the works may be available from Howard-Tilton Memorial Library or other libraries on campus.
Below is a list of our current "Newcomb Authors" holdings. If you know of books you think that we should have, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any donations of books that are not on our list would be most welcome!
Our holdings include a number of videos and DVDs that discuss women’s issues across time and culture through both documentaries and video-taped lectures held at Newcomb College. Researchers may watch videos in our reading room.
Our newest acquisitions are listed below:
Anne Braden: Southern Patriot
Audre Lorde: the Berlin Years 1984-1992
The Edge of Each Other's Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde
The Education of Shelby Knox
The Evolution of Dad: Fatherhood is Finally Growing Up
Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
Half the Sky
The Invisible War
It Was Rape
Ma Vie en Rose
The Sons of Tennessee Williams
The Village Called Versailles
Zale-Kimmerling Writers Collection
Newcomb College and its successor, the Newcomb College Institute, have brought nationally known writers to campus to give lectures and teach classes and workshops. This collection includes all books written by these authors, correspondence with the authors, photographs, and publicity related to the project.
This GLBT collection was donated and funded by Marla Custard, a Newcomb College graduate. It is one of our largest and most recent collections.
Visit our reading room to view books like the one below and more!
Metropolitan Lovers, by Julie Abraham
From the destruction of Sodom to the selling of Gay Street and from Tales of the City to The L Word, urban life and homosexuality have been made inseparable in Western culture. In this sweeping work, Julie Abraham investigates the evolution of this symbiotic relationship over the past two centuries, tracing how homosexuals have simultaneously become model citizens of the modern city and avatars of the urban.
Exploring the lives of prominent gay men and women, literary depictions of gay city life, classic works of urban theory, and the rhetoric of political reformers, Abraham challenges conventional thinking about what it means to be metropolitan and what it means to be queer. She provocatively juxtaposes works from writers such as Balzac and Baudelaire, Henry James and James Baldwin, and Walter Benjamin and Jane Jacobs to redefine such familiar urban types as the flaneur, the prostitute, and the drag queen. From Paris, London, and Manchester, to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco, Abraham deftly maps the connections, the exchanges of meaning, and the transfers of value that inform ideas of homosexuality and the city, ideas that have shaped modern life. Bringing this history to bear on the present, she argues against the commodification of gay urbanites as contemporary signs of city life.
While the city and homosexuality have long been associated, Abraham analyzes their convergence with unprecedented insight. In the process, she shows us how the urban and homosexuality have been intertwined and the inescapable consequences—both positive and negative—of this union.