About the Nadine Vorhoff Library
The Nadine Vorhoff Library was founded in 1975 and the Newcomb Archives in 1988. As special collections within the Newcomb College Institute, the Library and Archives seek to collect, preserve, and make available books, records, and manuscript materials that document the lives of women, particularly those that relate to women's education, the history of women at Newcomb College and Tulane University, women in the Gulf South, and culinary history. Notable are the historic records of Newcomb College, manuscript collections of alumnae, manuscripts related to the second wave of feminists in Louisiana, a culinary history collection, and a prescriptive literature collection. Named collections include the Marla Custard collection on sexuality. A more recent collection often used by students is a collection of zines created about hurricane Katrina and flooding in the city, motherhood, and other endeavors of women. The Seltzer-Gerard Reading Room is home to the Library and Archives. It is open to all users and is furnished with antiques from Newcomb College, along with newer furnishings.
As of spring 2014, the Vorhoff Library will be transitioning from a circulating campus branch library to a non-circulating special collections library that is primarily dedicated to supporting the rare and unique materials of the Newcomb Archives, as well as expanding the collection areas listed above. Books that could previously be checked out from the Vorhoff Library will be available to borrow from the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.