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Tulane University joins VCU Libraries' Image Portal project

January 18, 2019

"Charlene's, New Orleans 1977 - 1999” Marilyn McConnell papers, Newcomb Archives, Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University

VCU Libraries welcomes Tulane University as a partner in the Social Welfare History Image Portal.

The Image Portal presents archival materials related to the history of social reform and social welfare in the United States. These images include photographs, pamphlets, placards, handbills, and comics pages drawn from the collections of VCU Libraries and other participating institutions. The site was awarded the 2018 Center for Research Libraries Primary Source Award for Access.

“The Image Portal is strengthened as each new partner increases the connections people can make between institutions’ collections,” said Alice Campbell, project manager. “Tulane University has such a fantastic range of materials of both local and national significance. Their collections include civil rights, labor, LGBTQ issues, charity organizations, and all the complex mix of people and cultures found in New Orleans.”

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, the main library for Tulane University, is an integral part of the Tulane experience, providing access to more than 4.5 million books, 81,000 electronic and print journals, and almost 1 million e-books. In addition to its core holdings of books and journals, Howard-Tilton hosts a wide range of events and services tailored to meet the needs of their students, faculty, and community.

Several specialized academic libraries are managed by Howard-Tilton, including the Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, the Latin American Library, the Architecture Library, and the Math Library.

Howard-Tilton has deep and rich archives within its distinct Special Collections areas which include The Hogan Jazz Archive, the Louisiana Research Collection, and the Southeastern Architectural Archives.

The materials for Tulane University’s contributions to the Social Welfare History Image Portal come from the multiple Special Collections within Howard-Tilton as well as from two other collaborating archives on campus, the Newcomb College Institute’s Newcomb Archives and the Amistad Research Center.

Jeff Rubin, Digital Initiatives & Publishing coordinator at Howard-Tilton Memorial Library noted, “The Social Welfare History Image Portal is an extraordinary project to be involved in for Howard-Tilton, Newcomb, and Amistad. The broad scope of the Image Portal is the perfect project to share a large and diverse group of materials covering the deep history of social welfare and social advocacy in New Orleans and Louisiana. Our library and campus partners are thrilled to be able to share materials that might not normally be seen by the public in the larger context of social welfare.”

Welcome to the Image Portal, Tulane University!

 

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