Sean Knowlton


Scholarly Engagement Librarian for Digital Scholarship

Librarian Phone Number

(504) 314-7823

Librarian Email

Book Chair

Stephanie Porras, Ph.D.

Dept Chair

Elizabeth Hill Boone, Ph.D.

Dept Web Site


Program Description

The Newcomb Art Department prepares outstanding students for careers in research, teaching, and museum work and welcomes students who have majored in fields other than the history of art. About one-quarter of graduates has gone on for doctoral degrees at other institutions, whereas a small number has remained at Tulane to pursue interdisciplinary Ph.D.s with a concentration in art history. The Department, with 18 faculty members and additional faculty teaching in the School of Architecture, offers undergraduate (B.A., B.F.A.) and graduate degrees (M.A., M.F.A.). Faculty members in the Department participate in the interdisciplinary programs of Latin American Studies, Women's Studies, and African and African Diaspora Studies, among others.

Subject Resource Guide


Selection focuses primarily on the curriculum and research interests of the Newcomb Art Department. Emphasis is on the history of art in general, including the Classical, Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, American, and Modern periods.


Monographs, monographic series, serials, reference works, conference proceedings, and exhibition catalogs are regularly collected; media (including video tapes) and dissertations are collected selectively; excluded are most textbooks, manuscripts, popular works, maps, and most collections of previously published materials.


To broaden accessibility, journals are sought online when this format is available. Print may be cancelled to reduce costs when ownership of the online version is assured. Online access that requires additional costs with print subscription will be sought selectively within the amount budgeted for Art journals. Monographs and other types are generally purchased as printed text though other formats are considered, including digital files (online or CD), audio cassette tapes, and video tapes.


All languages, but primarily Western European, are collected.

Chronological Period

Selection emphasis dates from the inception of Art to the present.

Imprint Date

Preference is given to items published within the last two or three years; out-of-print materials are sought, generally, to replace lost materials considered indispensable to the collection, or upon faculty request.

Geographical Considerations

Geographic focus encompasses the entire world of art, no specific areas are excluded.


Related Collections

Cooperative Resources

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Check-Out Desk.

Supply Sources

An approval plan with YBP Book Services provides Art materials, according to a profile established for the plan and supplemented by standing orders for monographic series and supplemental monographs. Most other books are purchased individually and also through YBP at a discount rate.

Endowed Funds

No endowed funds are provided specifically for Art at this time.

Selection Tools

Reviews such as those in Choice, College Art Association Online, art and art history journals, and recommendations from faculty, staff, and students are regularly considered.