Collections

Print Books and Serials

LaRC preserves a distinguished Louisiana library that acquires the latest Louisiana publications while also preserving one of the finest nineteenth-century Louisiana libraries extant.

Digital Collections

LaRC is rapidly expanding online access to images of its physical holdings. Current online resources include Carnival designs, Louisiana menus, political flyers, Colonial documents, Civil War images, and more.

Maps

LaRC’s preserves maps from 1513 to the present, with about 400 maps dating from before 1799.

Consortial Projects

LaRC actively collaborates with other institutions as a way of multiplying our services. From Free People of Color to Southern agriculture to “Mark Twain’s Mississippi,” LaRC’s consortial projects digitally unite resources from several institutions into a unified access portal.

Newspapers

LaRC preserves extensive holdings of original Louisiana newspapers dating from 1800 to the present.

Archives

Tulane University’s archival efforts stretch back to May 3, 1889, when Mrs. L. Dolhonde presented to the Charles T. Howard Memorial Library a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to M. duPlantier of New Orleans. In the years since, LaRC has amassed more than three linear miles of archival documents about our city and state.

Ephemera

Ephemera are small printed items intended for a short, or ephemeral, lifespan, such as pamphlets. LaRC’s extensive ephemera holdings include art brochures going to back to about 1900, political handouts going back to about 1840, and theatre programs going back to about 1830.

Images

LaRC preserves an extensive collection of Louisiana images, including photographs, prints, and postcards.

State Documents

LaRC’s holdings of Louisiana state documents extend from statehood to the present. As a selective Louisiana Public Documents Depository, LaRC acquires all essential state documents plus additional state government publications related to our areas of interest.