The Special Collections of the Tulane University Library houses the Manuscripts Department, the Rare Books, the Tulane University Archive, the Louisiana Collection, the William R. Hogan Archive of New Orleans Jazz and the Southeastern Architectural Archive. Taken as an entity, the Special Collections is an extensive resource for the history and culture of Louisiana.
The materials in the Special Collections document life in the state from the early colonial period to the present and include printed works, pictorial images, manuscripts and moving images. Theresources of the Special Collections are open to all adult users and can accommodation junior and highschool students upon arrangement. None of the material from the Special Collections circulates. For more information about the Special Collections, visit our WEB site http://specialcollections.tulane.edu/
Materials selected for this program come from various parts of the Special Collections. Among the over 4,000 manuscript collections are a number of family papers such as the letters of the Favrot's, which are from a large manuscripts collection of family papers that date from the arrival of a family member in Louisiana in 1732 and for 6 generations thereafter. Many of the documents are in French or Spanish and are being translated and published by the Special Collections. In addition to family papers the Manuscripts Department has numerous collections relating to agriculture, businesses, civic organizations, education, literature, medicine, military history, politics, religion, social agencies, waterways organizations.
Among the larger holdings of the Special Collections are items relating to politics with papers of Louisiana governors, congressional members, local leaders, political organizations and political ephemera.
The materials are provided for instructional use only and are not to be used in any commercial endeavor without the express written consent of the Special Collections.