Newcomb College Student Records

                                                                                                                                                              Example from the first Registrar's log, 1888-1900
The Newcomb College Student Records (1886-1920) were microfilmed in 2001 as part of a preservation project made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.  The project allowed us to photocopy deteriorating paper and thus house a lasting record for genealogists, historians, sociologists, administrators, and other researchers.  In addition to preserving the records, a database has been created for demographic tabulation and an overview of individual folders.  It is also possible to search for keywords and dates.

About the Student Records
The student records contain information that document student academic and personal life. Records may include but are not limited to:
  • certificates of admission
  • transcripts
  • photographs
  • letters
  • coarse notes
  • college catalogs
  • curriculum information
  • brochures
  • teaching certificates
  • letters of recommendation
  • requests for transcript
Correspondence may date from a time prior to admission to post-graduate information about careers and family lives. Information obtained from the records and compiled in the student records database includes:
  • dates of attendance
  • dates of graduation
  • degrees awarded
  • major fields of study
  • scholarship and financial information
  • previous schools attended
  • parents/guardians' name and address
  • parent occupation
  • demographic information
  • age
  • birthplace
  • birth date
  • ethnicity
  • religion
  • marital status
  • obituary
  • death date

                                                                    Newcomb Class of 1899

Use of the Records
Privacy rules govern all student records.  Student records (defined as credentials, grade sheets, correspondence, reports, notes, application and all other records pertaining to past and present students) are closed for 75 years from the date the student graduates or withdraws from the University or upon death.  Closed student records, however, may be used by the student herself; by a university official, when authorized to look for specific records; and by researchers whose work will only report on the overall student body, without the use of name, for a period of time at least 60 years before the current period.  Requests for permission to examine any records in connection with cases at law or legal proceedings of any kind will be referred to the Legal Counsel of the University.  In alignment with related Census data, records preceding 1920 are available in most cases for public viewing.  Genealogists and historians interested in the lives of educated women often use these records.

To Access the Records
Please write to us at:        Newcomb Archives
                                        Newcomb College Center for Research on Women
                                        Tulane University
                                        New Orleans, Louisiana 70118-5698

Or email Archivist Susan Tucker at
You may include short queries to be answered by email.  Please allow two weeks for our response.

Or visit us at the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women. Location and Center hours

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