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Newcomb Archives: Planning Your Visit

The Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Collection are open to all. Users do not need to have an affiliation with Tulane University (or any institution). Collections may be accessed by appointment, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Materials are housed offsite and must be requested in advance. Email newcombarchives@tulane.edu to make a request; please allow two to three business days to process requests.


The reading room will be open for quiet study from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, during the fall 2021 semester. Research appointments may be scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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

Location and Accomodations

The reading room is located in Newcomb Institute, on the third floor of the University Commons, 43 Newcomb Place, in suite 341. There is an elevator that goes directly to the third floor from the Freret Street facing entrance to the Commons. The entrance to the reading room is immediately to the left of the elevator.

Visitors without a Tulane parking permit may park in the guest parking lot in the Diboll Parking Structure on Ben Weiner Drive. Street parking is available on Broadway and the surrounding streets. There is very limited hourly parking available in front of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, adjacent to the Commons.

Our offices and reading room are accessible to individuals with mobility disabilities. We have single-stall bathroom facilities for all gender identities and a parents' room for lactation and childcare needs on our floor. Service animals are welcome. Please note that we have limited control over lighting and temperature conditions in the reading room. While there is no food or drink in the reading room, you are welcome to eat and drink in the social spaces on our floor, just outside of the reading room. Should you need or desire additional accommodations for the duration of your visit, please speak with our staff or email us in advance at newcombarchives@tulane.edu, and we will do our best to make your visit as comfortable as possible.

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Using Collections
  • Materials are housed in offsite storage and must be requested in advance of your visit. Email newcombarchives@tulane.edu to make a request; please allow two to three business days to process requests.

  • 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.

  • All researchers must complete and sign a registration form.

  • For the protection of our collections and your personal possessions, we ask that all researchers check large bags and coats for the duration of their visit. Lockers are provided for your convenience. 

  • Materials may not be removed from the reading room.

  • Use only pencil or a personal device to take notes when working with archival and special collections. Use of ink is strictly prohibited. 

  • 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 in the reading room. Do not chew gum. You are welcome to bring refreshments with you to enjoy in the social spaces outside of the reading room.

  • 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.

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, email newcombarchives@tulane.edu 

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

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