What We Need
We acquire, preserve, and make available to researchers publications and documents about almost all aspects of Louisiana, from its founding to the present, from anthropology to zoology. These can include original letters, diaries, scrapbooks, and minutes, as well as publications such as books, magazines, menus, brochures, flyers, and campaign literature.
Examples from our holdings include:
- Letters by New Orleans Mayor Victor H. Schiro, Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, Members of Congress Hale and Lindy Boggs, and Louisiana Governors Sam Jones and David Treen.
- Letters and diaries written by soldiers in the Mexican-American War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the first and second Iraq conflicts
- Scrapbooks from women's clubs, social organizations, and Tulane students
- Minutes and reports from women's clubs, Masonic lodges, music societies, churches and synagogues, Carnival krewes, and civic and professional associations
- Books and magazines about Louisiana or by Louisiana authors
- Menus and cookbooks from Louisiana restaurants and clubs, by Louisiana cooks and chefs, or about Louisiana cooking. We also need booklets, brochures, and flyers from Louisiana restaurants, bars, cooking schools, food industries, and other food-related institutions.
- Original Carnival float and costume designs and Carnival invitations, admit cards, dance cards, and other printed Carnival items.
- Brochures, pamphlets, programs, and flyers about Louisiana such as campaign literature, art gallery opening invitations, museum brochures, state park pamphlets, and music and meeting programs.
We also welcome financial contributions.
For example, you can create an endowed fund at a very reasonable cost as a way to memorialize someone while also ensuring long-term support for our work. We also have significant naming opportunities what we would be happy to discuss with you. And, you may make financial contributions by credit card online.
To discuss endowed funds or other naming opportunities, please contact Jillian Cuellar, Director of Special Collections. We will be happy to welcome you to our department to discuss our collections and services.
Room 202, Jones Hall
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
How to Make a Donation
First, contact the Director of Special Collections to discuss your potential donation. For materials that might fall outside of our collecting criteria, we can work with you to find a more appropriate professional archives, library, or museum.
Please do not drop off materials before contacting us to discuss your donation.