Special Collections Field Trip: The Nadine Vorhoff Library and The Amistad Research Center

Saturday, February 23, 12:30-4pm

We will be visiting both the Nadine Vorhoff Library and The Amistad Research Center at Tulane University. The focus of our trip will be to view zines, comics, and graphic novels.


Nadine Vorhoff Library is part of the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, which works to preserve, document, produce and disseminate knowledge about women. The Vorhoff Library contains some 12,000 books on women, gender issues, and culinary history, including an extensive collection of zines. Bea Calvert, the Women’s Studies Library, will be our guide as we explore the collection.

The Amistad Research Center, a 501(c) 3 non-profit institution housed on the campus of Tulane University, is committed to collecting, preserving, and providing open access to original materials that reference the social and cultural importance of America’s ethnic and racial history, the African Diaspora, human relations, and civil rights. The Center holds over 800 archival collections totaling 15 million documents, 250,000 photographs, a 30,000 volume library, and a fine arts collection of 19th and 20th century African American art.

The newest collections at Amistad include a zine collection and a comics/graphic novel collection that both aim to document diversity within both topics and to chronicle works by writers and authors of color. Christopher Harter, the Director of Library Reference Services will show us examples from these collections.

Because of the nature of viewing small books, space will be limited to 15 people. To sign up and participate in the opportunity, please email us with your interest at info@www.siftart.org. We will send a confirmation email with additional information.

bea_headshotBea Calvert joined the Newcomb College Institute in February 2007. She has a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of New Orleans and a Master of Library and Information Science from the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Along with her traditional library duties, Bea gives guest lectures on a variety of topics, e.g., third wave feminism and its role in zines and literature. She also teaches a TIDES class entitled Women and Literature in New Orleans to first year students. Bea is a member of the Society of Southwest Archivists.



chrisharterChristopher Harter is the Director of Library and Reference Services at the Amistad Research Center. He holds a Masters of Library Science from Indiana University, and worked at the Indiana Historical Society and at the rare book/manuscript libraries at Indiana University and the University of Illinois prior to moving to New Orleans. He is the owner/publisher of Pathwise Press, a small literary publishing house, and the editor of the magazine Bathtub Gin.



Thanks to everyone who came on the field trip with us today. And thanks to Bea Calvert and Christopher Harter for talking to us about the history of their institutions and showing us their zine/comics collections. It was nice to spend a rainy afternoon looking at books.


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