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The Newcomb Archives seeks to collect, preserve, and make available 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, the American South, culinary history, and work of women in general.

The Newcomb Archives began in 1989 with a collection of the student records and other records of the College (1886 to the present). Since then, the Archives has collected the papers of alumnae and other women, especially those whose papers tell the story of the Louisiana women's movement, culinary history, and women's work in the South.

Type of Materials

Manuscripts and records, including scrapbooks, photographs, diaries, maps, letters, and other materials.

Format of Materials

Many different paper formats are included, as well as electronic materials.


English, with some exceptions.

Chronological periods

We have focused our collection on printed and archival materials from the 19th century to the present.

Related Libraries

The Newcomb Archives strives to work with the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library to find ways we can best complement each other in our special collections. Both University Archives and the Louisiana Division of Special Collections collect a wide variety of materials on women as seen through different disciplinary perspectives. They have a strong collection of materials created by elite women in New Orleans, manuscripts from family papers, and early twentieth-century women’s records. The Amistad Research Center includes materials relevant to the lives of marginalized groups, notably women of color in the United States, and to a lesser extent, to lesbians. The Tulane Health Sciences Rudolph Matas Library collection is notable for a small collection amassed at the beginning of the twentieth century about women in medicine.

Cooperative Resources

The Newcomb Archives, as one of the only Southern members of the National Council of Research on Women, undertakes the work of informing the public about resources on women in the region. We have published a number of guides to bibliographic and archival resources and are currently updating the popular 1989 Guide to Collections on Women. We see the chance to link our resources and those of others (electronically), and we believe strongly that cooperation is to our benefit in terms of financial resources. We have had special success in working with the Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC), the Amistad Research Center, the University of New Orleans Earl K. Long Library, and the Southern Foodways Alliance at Ole Miss.  A consortium of individuals from the HNOC, the State Museum, the Vorhoff Library, and the community at large recently worked together and published a book on New Orleans Cuisine, and continue to work on creating a bibliography of all cookbooks on New Orleans food and an oral history of New Orleans food.

Neighboring Resources

Unique primary materials, in the form of local women's diaries, letters, memoirs, photographic collections and other ephemera are scattered throughout the various historic collections of the area, including the Historic New Orleans Collection, the New Orleans Public Library Louisiana Collection, and the archival and manuscript collections of the various universities in the metro area.

Endowed Funds

We have one endowed fund for the Newcomb Archives that supports improvements to the Archives. We recognize the great need to have more endowed funds.

Principal Sources of Supply

All collections are donated.

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