About the SEAA

The Southeastern Architectural Archive (SEAA), a unit  within Tulane University Library's Special Collections Division, is one of the larger collections of architectural records in the southern United States. Since its founding in 1979, SEAA has built an archival collection for the study of the built environment of New Orleans and Louisiana. Our holdings include work by James Gallier, Henry Howard, and other architects who shaped the antebellum city; James Freret and Thomas Sully, from the later nineteenth century; and modernist work by Curtis and Davis, Freret and Wolf, James Lamantia, and other New Orleans architects who changed the scale and style of architecture in the city after the second world war.

Specialized research collections include plans and records from one of the South's largest funerary monument designers, the Albert Weiblen Marble and Granite Company; extensive photographic holdings; and the Garden Library of the New Orleans Town Gardeners.

With coverage spanning nearly 200 years, SEAA collects professional records that document Louisiana, metropolitan New Orleans, and other parts of the Gulf South. Our 135+ collections are regularly consulted by Tulane students and faculty, students and faculty from other institutions, architects, engineers, homeowners, historians, preservationists, and others.