Newcomb College Scrapbooks


Scrapbooks inhabit an uneasy place in the world of print. Unique artifacts created most often from mass-produced text and images, they often find no comfortable resting place in the private home, the selves of libraries, or the boxes of archives. Digital imaging makes scrapbooks accessible from disparate locations but also provides in many ways an easier way of handling bulky pages filled to the brim with documents.

Newcomb College long preserved some of the scrapbooks of its students in a vault on the historic women's campus. The scrapbooks today form one of the cornerstones to the Newcomb Archives and especially show the trajectories of lives in the period 1900-1945. The women sought to document diverse experiences. While no two albums are alike, the majority of the collection covers topics such as college athletics, plays and films, the city of New Orleans, social life, and academics. In addition, various albums such as that of Mary Jane Conover and Anne Crichton document travel while those of other scrapbook makers preserve memorabilia from summer camps, debutante parties, weddings, and political marches.
Anne Randolph Crichton scrapbook
This travel record of Crichton's 1938 trip to Europe focuses mostly on Paris and Dresden. Affixed to its leaves are postcards and photographs, admission tickets, brochures, and clippings of a variety of sights, including art museums, gardens, and monuments. Crichton's commentary alongside the material may interest travel writers and historians alike. Her visit to Sans Souci is framed in the context of Frederick the Great of Russia's great love of the area. The Dresden of her memory is revisited longingly in her 1968 comments, made long after the destruction of Dresden in World War II. Although the book is brittle, all pages remain intact and have been interleaved with paper with a low acidic base.,
Doris Lurie Chesky scrapbook
Scrapbook contains photos and ephemera. Box also contains: One small evening purse, a photo titled "Reiss," a photo postcard, a smaller photo album: travel and family, a photo with no title: a woman, travel diary (1872), & travel letters.,
Jill Jackson Collection
This collection contains the personal clippings and memorabilia from Jill Jackson's long career as a New Orleans' reporter and entertainer. There are clippings written by and about Jackson, beginning with articles cut and copied from the early 1940s and ending with a memoir draft from 1990. There are also some undated glossy headshots and brief correspondence written in her own hand.,
Lavinia Brock scrapbook
Lota Blythe scrapbook
Scrapbook entitled "The Ideal Scrapbook" contains envelopes, letters, valentines, invitations, playbills, Newcomb memorabilia, love notes, and flowers. Dates 1920 - 1922. Scrapbook entitled "Photo Album" contains numerous newspaper clippings, church bulletins, playbills, letters, envelopes, and other momentos. Dates range mostly in the 1920s, but one item is from 1962. Other items have unknown dates.,
Mary Jane Conover scrapbook
Scrapbook contains photos and ephemera. Box also contains one small evening purse, A photo titled "Reiss", A photo postcard, A smaller photo album: travel and family, A photo with no title: a woman, A travel diary (1872), & Travel letters.,
Olive Biggar scrapbook
This scarbook contains: a table listing friends’ information, Ladies Home Journal article about Goucher College, letters, report cards, commencement letters, keepsakes, programs, pictures, postcards, ribbons, & school cap.,
Tess Mayer Crager scrapbook