Tulane University’s archival program is one of the oldest in the state of Louisiana. On May 3, 1889, Mrs. L. Dolhonde presented to the Charles T. Howard Memorial Library a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to M. duPlantier of New Orleans. The Louisiana Research Collection still preserves that letter, and has since collected almost three linear miles of archival records that document the breadth of Louisiana life from the colonial period to the present day. Included among our holdings are the papers of governors, statesmen, and soldiers, as well Southern ladies and suffragettes. We collect the papers of artists and writers, free people of color, merchants, breweries, prominent Louisiana businesses, ministers and congregations, LGBT activist groups, and much, much more.
Many of our collections have detailed finding aids which are available through the LaRC website. The archival collections are also represented in the library’s online catalog. All researchers are welcome.
To preserve our past for future generations, the Louisiana Research Collection depends on the help of persons such as yourself. If you know of letters, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, or other documents illuminating Louisiana's past, please contact us so we can help ensure that they are preserved. We can also work with your social, civic, fraternal, or professional organization to preserve its minutes, reports, and other organizational records.
We would also be grateful for donations of Louisiana brochures, pamphlets, flyers, campaign literature, menus, and books. For materials that might fall outside of our collecting criteria, we can work with you to find a more appropriate professional archival, library, or museum facility.
For more information, please visit our "Giving" web page or contact:
Head, Louisiana Research Collection