Trying to find information on a long-lost relative who attended Tulane, or to track down a final score of an athletic event? Ask us!
We accept reference questions in person, by phone, mail, or e-mail. We will be happy to look through our holdings to try to find an answer for you, within reasonable time limits. Extensive, in-depth research projects will require an on-site visit; no appointment is needed, but prior communication will enable us to help you find the information you seek more easily.
Official Student Records
The University Archives holds transcripts of former students dating back to 1900, although some privacy restrictions may limit general access to these records. Requests for official copies of transcripts must be made to the Registrar’s office. Other documents in the University Archives which might contain information about former students are application books for various units of the university, lists of yearly graduates by degree, registers of students, telephone books, and yearbooks. Many of these resources are being digitized as time allows. Please check often for recent additions to the Tulane University Archives Historical Collection in the Tulane University Digital Library, where we are making digital copies of archival material available for your self-service research needs, as well as for your plain old enjoyment! Digital contents include manuscript ledgers of registered students in most schools from their opening dates through ~ 1910, published graduates and alumni lists spanning about the same dates, audiovisual materials of a variety of lengths and subjects, e.g. football games, student-made films, and publicity pieces about the university, and photo albums and scrapbooks (coming soon)! Our other holdings in the Digital Library that are not included in the Historical Collection include the Jambalaya and T-Wave yearbooks and Tulane University Football Programs from 1919 - 1965.
A caveat regarding records of former medical students: while we do have transcripts for medical, dental and pharmacy students through about the mid-1900s, more recent transcripts and student files are still held at the School of Medicine’s Office of Graduate Medical Education, not at the University Archives. While we might be able to tell you if and when a medical student graduated from the university, that student’s records are only available through GME.
Please visit our Staff Directory for full contact information. For reference requests not involving our holdings (i.e. non-Tulane themed material), please contact the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library reference department.
Some Useful Reference Links
Potpourri: An Assortment of Tulane People and Places – a Tulane fact book, updated in 2002
Newcomb Archives – a collection of records and manuscripts documenting the experiences of women, particularly those that relate to women's education, the history of women at Newcomb College and Tulane University, the American South, culinary history, and the Louisiana Women’s movement.