Our 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 8,000 linear feet of materials -- primarily documents, but also over 11,000 slides, 60,000 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 University Archives therefore comprises one of our richest sources of information on campus. We invite you to visit the "physical memory" of Tulane University.

The most important record groups contain correspondence and office files of the Board of Administrators (since 1845) and Presidents William Preston Johnston (1884-1899) through Eamon Michael Kelly (1980-1998), deans, and others.

There are restrictions on using top administrative, personnel and student records, but most of our other documents are available for research.

Other records include:

  • personnel files
  • student records and card files on graduates (1834 - 1978)
  • photographs and audiovisual items
  • affirmative action
  • public relations and reference files on gifts and scholarships
  • athletics
  • student affairs
  • buildings and grounds
  • art
  • commencement