Digital Photography

University Archives allows and encourages patrons to bring their digital cameras to our reading room in order to make digital image copies of material viewed onsite. This is because unlike photocopying, photography (without flash) does not damage documents.

We request patrons observe the following rules when using digital cameras to make copies:

  • Please turn off all flash and sound elements 
  • Place an identifier sheet behind any archival material being photographed. This sheet will be provided to you by a staff member.
  • Use the ambient lighting available in the room. We ask patrons to not set items close to the window sills, in order to avoid potential sun damage.

Self-Service Scanning

The University Archives is pleased to be able to offer self-service scanning of our holdings to patrons using our Bookeye 4 overhead scanner. It is recommended that patrons bring a flashdrive on which to store their scanned images. For small scanning projects, images can be e-mailed directly to the patron. Please discuss your scanning needs with the reading room desk attendant, who can assist you with the machine.  Distance patrons should contact the University Archives staff to discuss the possibility of receiving scans via e-mail or cloud storage.


There is no self-service photocopying.  Despite the potential damage which photocopying can create, the University Archives staff can perform limited photocopying of certain types of its holdings (vertical file information, course descriptions, and other published material) for $.25 per page. We do not provide photocopying service for fragile archival or book materials.  Please discuss your request with a University Archives staff member. Receipt of photocopies does not convey copyright. It is the researcher's responsibility to ensure compliance with all relevant copyright laws. 

Thesis and Dissertation Copies

Most honors and master’s theses are not available digitally and may not be scanned or photocopied without the living author’s permission. Thus, you must discuss your interest in obtaining a thesis copy with a University Archives staff member, and we will do whatever we can to facilitate your request. If the author gives permission for the photocopy to be made, the cost of scanning and uploading a thesis copy is $.25/page.

While doctoral theses written before 1956 are only available in paper, most dissertations written since 1956 are also available digitally through ProQuest Digital Dissertations. Tulane affiliates and others who have access to the ProQuest digital library may download these doctoral dissertations at no charge from the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (Global) database.  Non-Tulane affiliates may purchase dissertation copies through the ProQuest Dissertation Express service.