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September 1918's Winds of Change: War, Women, and the Spanish Influenza Come to Campus

Location: Uptown Campus
Building:Jones Hall, Special Collection Gallery


Fall 1918: All eligible incoming male students were inducted as members of the new Student Army Training Corps at Tulane. As Army privates, their dormitories were wooden barracks in Camp Martin, the 14-building S.A.T.C. cantonment that was hastily constructed on campus between August 8 and October 4 to train student-soldiers for service in WWI.
All resident Newcomb College students were housed in the new Josephine Louise House, one of the three large brick buildings (along with The Administration Building and The Art School) that form the new Newcomb College campus on Broadway, just opened in September 1918. The incessantly rainy weather has turned the treeless, grassless Newcomb campus into a mud pond.  
The Spanish influenza began sweeping through New Orleans in late September, leading to a quarantine order issued by the Army (which has authority over the S.A.T.C.) and by the Louisiana Board of Health (which has authority over the city, therefore over Tulane’s and Newcomb’s presidents) that has shut down both Tulane and Newcomb, cancelling classes and confining everyone to their respective campuses for weeks.
Through photographs, artifacts, original archival documents, and digitized newspaper articles that reflect the voices of the government, citizens, faculty, staff, and students, this exhibit illustrates the patriotic, frenetic, confusing, amusing, and ultimately reaffirming events of the 1918-1919 academic year at Tulane.
Open Monday - Friday, 10am-5:00pm;  closed on November 22 and 23




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