History of the Nadine Vorhoff Library
The 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. A more recent collection often used by students are zines created about hurricane Katrina and flooding in the city, motherhood and other endeavors of women. The Seltzer-Gerard Reading Room serves all users and is furnished with antiques from Newcomb College along with newer reference desks and other furnishings.
During the spring and summer of 2014, the Vorhoff Library will be focusing on materials that are unique and unusual, transitioning from a non-circulating library to a dedicated and more traditional special collection than in its past history. Such changes will allow us to transfer those books that can be more easily used via Howard-Tilton Library and devote our resources to our non-circulating materials, manuscripts, and archives.