About University Archives
The University Archives, a department within Tulane University's Special Collections Division, preserves the official records of Tulane University and information about Tulane. Our archives holds over 3,600 linear feet of materials -- primarily documents, but also over 11,000 slides, 55,000 photographic negatives, and more.
The materials we preserve are crucial to the effective administration of the university, but are also important resources for class papers, honors theses, masters theses, doctoral dissertations, and research projects in innumerable fields.
Our most important record groups contain correspondence and office files of the Board of Administrators (since 1845), of presidents William Preston Johnston (1884-1899) through Eamon Michael Kelly (1980-1998), and a variety of administrative units.
Other records include:
- older student transcripts and card files on graduates (1834 - 1978)
- personnel files
- theses and dissertations
- photographs and audio-visual items
- public relations and reference files on gifts and scholarships
- athletics programs
- departmental and school administrative records
- ephemeral material on people, places, and events on campus
- commencement programs
There are restrictions on using top administrative, personnel and student records, but most of our other documents are available for research.
The University Archives therefore comprises one of our richest sources of information on campus. We invite you to visit the "physical memory" of Tulane University.