General Collection Development Guidelines
A. Languages: The collection is primarily in English, but no restrictions are placed on language.
B. Chronological guidelines: No limitations.
C. Geographical guidelines: For both the Architectural Archives and the Garden Library, emphasis is placed on materials that document the southeastern Gulf Region (coastal Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi), especially greater metropolitan New Orleans.
D. Treatment of subject: For the Architectural Archives, records significant to the Gulf South region; landscape/gardening records significant to the Gulf South region; architectural records associated with New Orleans architects and firms. For the Garden Library, documents associated with landscape, environment, gardening and horticulture of the Gulf South region; documents associated with women’s gardening culture in the Gulf South region, especially diaries and planting schemes.
E. Types of materials: Architectural records in all formats, but reviewed on their individual merits (scope and content, uniqueness, state of preservation). Preference for original renderings and photographic works. We generally do not accept models and architectural remnants because they are difficult and costly to preserve and store. For the Garden Library of the New Orleans Town Gardeners, preference for books, journals, diaries, brochures, and nursery catalogs.
F. Other general considerations: Acquisitions by donation. SEAA requests a monetary gift with any donation as the processing, preservation, and storage of architectural records are costly.
G. Qualifications: Materials are collected at the Research Level (4).