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Newcomb Archives & Vorhoff Library Special Collections

The Newcomb Archives collects, preserves, and makes available records that document the legacy of Newcomb College and the history of women and gender in the Gulf South. It is home to approximately 300 unique collections. The Vorhoff Library is a non-circulating special collections library devoted to women's education, prescriptive literature, culinary history, Newcomb authors, gender and sexuality, third-wave feminist zines, and other topics.

Digitized Collections
  • Oral Histories: The Newcomb College alumnae oral history project began in 1986. Some interviews have been digitized and may be accessed on the oral history project blog, and will eventually be available through the Tulane University Digital Library (we no longer update the blog). In some cases we can provide digital access on request. 
  • Newcomb Scrapbooks: A selection of the Archives' scrapbook collection has been digitized and may be viewed in the Tulane University Digital Library.
  • Distaff: The first and only feminist newspaper published in New Orleans, Distaff covered a wide range of topics and issues, including reproductive rights, pay equity and women’s rights in the workplace, lesbian activism, the Equal Rights Amendment, literature and the arts, and women in politics. An almost-complete run of Distaff from the Mary Gehman papers has been digitized and may be viewed in the Tulane University Digital Library.
Library Guides

For more information regarding holdings and collections, review the Guide to Archival Collections

Hours and Location

Open by appointment 9 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. For reference inquiries or to schedule a research visit, email

Walk-in reference hours 1 to 2 PM Monday and Friday in the reading room; 2 to 4 PM Tuesday and Thursday in room 203 (2nd floor).

The reading room is located on the first floor of Caroline Richardson, 62 Newcomb Pl., building #84. See the Tulane campus map. Visitors without a Tulane parking permit may park in the guest parking lot in the Diboll Parking Structure on Ben Weiner Dr. Street parking is available on Broadway and the surrounding streets. 

History of Newcomb College

To learn more about the founding and development of Newcomb College see the History of Newcomb College page.

Student Records - Privacy Policy

The Archives maintains the records of students who attended Newcomb between 1886 and 1954. In compliance with privacy policies governing student records, records become open after 75 years from the date of graduation or withdrawal from the University, or upon death. Closed records may be used by the student themselves, by authorized campus officials, and in the case of research that reports on the overall student body without the use of names and for a period at least 60 years before the present date. Requests to view records in connection with cases at law or legal proceedings of any kind will be referred to Tulane Legal Counsel. 


For more information, contact: 

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


Sam Stover
Archivist for Technical Services & Digital Initiatives
(504) 314-2722


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