Visiting University Archives
The University Archives is located on the uptown campus of Tulane University. The Victor H. and Margaret G. Schiro Reading Room is located in Room 202, Jones Hall, 6801 Freret Street. For hours, see the University Archives Hours page. Jones Hall is directly across Newcomb Place from Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, which is Tulane's main library.
Directions in New Orleans are complicated by the shape of the city forced on it by the Mississippi River. Instead of a classic Roman grid, most New Orleans streets curve to follow the shape of the river. Since the river can curve back upon itself, this causes some peculiar geographic anomalies. For example, to get to the Westbank area of New Orleans, you must drive east.
Therefore, instead of using north and south as directional terms, New Orleanians refer to:
- "lakeside" (toward Lake Pontchartrain, which from most areas of the city is usually north)
- "riverside" (toward the Mississippi River, which is sometimes south)
- "downtown" (usually east, toward the French Quarter and the Central Business District)
- and "uptown" (generally west, toward the Garden District and Tulane University)
New Orleans' famous St. Charles Avenue streetcar stops right in front of Tulane University. The fare is $1.25 each way (exact change please) or $3.00 per day for unlimited rides. In addition to bringing you to University Archives, the St. Charles streetcar will let you see some of the Garden District, Uptown, Audubon Park, the university area with Tulane and Loyola Universities, the River Bend shopping area, and of course, St. Charles Avenue itself, which is New Orleans' grandest address.
To find Jones Hall from the streetcar stop, exit the streetcar at the stop in front of Tulane University (you will also see the entrance to Audubon Park at the same stop across the street). Walk all the way through the upper campus to Freret Street, which is the first street you come to. Cross Freret, turn left on Freret, and Jones Hall will be about half a block up the street on your right.
The University Archives sits in the heart of the uptown campus of Tulane University. We are located at 6801 Freret Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118. Our reading room is the Victor H. and Margaret G. Schiro Reading Room in Jones Hall, Room 202. Jones Hall is directly across Newcomb Place from Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, which is Tulane's main library, and it sits between the library and Devlin Fieldhouse (basketball and volleyball arena) on Freret Street.
For more information about Tulane's campus, there are a number of campus maps. Please be advised that there are frequently construction projects on campus. The University Archives is located in Jones Hall, on the uptown campus.
Parking at Jones Hall is sometimes troublesome. Except for metered spaces, Tulane University requires a parking permit between 8 AM and 7 PM Monday through Friday. On weekends and times not listed, parking permits are not required.
You may purchase guest parking for $5.00 per day at our Public Safety/Traffic Office on the first floor of the Diboll Complex. Guest permits are required Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
If you are planning to drive to University Archives, we encourage you to review the Tulane Parking and Traffic information for our uptown campus.
There are a few metered spaces in front of Jones Hall and in front of the University Center about three blocks away. There are more metered spaces in Tulane University's two parking garages, both located near the Reily Center six to seven blocks from Jones Hall. The Reily Center Parking Garage has 60 metered spaces. The Collins C. Diboll Parking Garage has 24 metered spaces on the first floor.
Handicapped spaces are available both in front of and behind Jones Hall. A ramp and handicapped accessible entrance is located at the rear of the building next to the loading dock.
For more information about Tulane University's parking policies, regulations, and approved parking areas, contact Tulane's Office of Traffic Control, 504-865-5381 or view their frequently asked questions online.
Please note that this is not part of the official web pages of the Tulane University Office of Public Safety, which supervises parking at Tulane University through its Office of Traffic Control.
Researchers visiting the University Archives are eligible for the "Tulane Discount" at the Hampton Inn, St. Charles, which is on the streetcar line. Tulane University also offers several other suggestions for visitors.