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Planning Your Visit

The Seltzer-Gerard Reading Room is open to the public by appointment with limited walk-in reference hours. 


The reading room is open by appointment 9 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. 

University holidays and intersession schedules may affect our hours. Please visit our Tumblr for the latest updates to our schedule.


The reading room is located on the first floor of Caroline Richardson, 62 Newcomb Pl., building #84. 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.

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Using Collections
  • All researchers must complete and sign a registration form and provide identification (driver’s license or ID card with photograph).

  • Check all large bags and coats with reference desk staff for duration of research visit.

  • Materials are housed in closed stacks and must be requested for use. To browse collections online, visit the Tulane University Archives and Special Collections Database. Select “Newcomb Archives” under Repository to limit search to the Newcomb Archives.

  • Materials may not be removed from the reading room.

  • Use of ink is strictly prohibited. Pencil only when working with rare and specialized materials.

  • No more than one box or one volume at a time may be used; of each box, only one folder may be in use at a time. Staff will provide place-markers; when you remove a folder from a box, please insert a marker to ensure the folder is returned to its original position.

  • No food or drink. Please do not chew gum while using rare and specialized materials.

  • Researchers are responsible for the careful handling of materials. Materials are to be maintained in the order in which they are received. If any material is discovered out of order, please notify a staff member. Do not rearrange papers. Manuscripts and books may not be leaned on, written on, folded, traced over, or handled in any way that may cause damage.

  • Staff reserves the right to inspect research materials and personal articles before a patron leaves the reading room.

  • Mutilation, destruction, and/or theft of materials subject to prosecution.

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.

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Contact Us

For reference inquiries or to schedule a research visit, contact: 

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

Bernadette Birzer
Archivist for Collections Management and Digital Initiatives
(504) 314-2722