Preserving our cultural heritage is a costly and worthwhile endeavor. Please consider a financial contribution to help maintain the Southeastern Architectural Archive. With your generosity, SEAA is able to fund conservation projects, digitization, exhibits, and new acquisitions.


  • EDUCATION Access for higher education students specializing in such fields as architecture, humanities, engineering, history, and preservation studies. 
  • RESEARCH One of the largest architectural archives in the southern United States, providing access to over 135 collections. 
  • PRESERVING OUR PAST Care and maintenance of architectural drawings, photographs, personal papers of architects, etc., and the Garden Library of the New Orleans Town Gardeners.

Ways to Give

  • Tribute / Memory Gifts Honor the special person in your life - parent, spouse, grandchild, friend - or any memorable event. If you would like to let the honoree know about your gift, we'll be happy to send a special gift acknowledgment.
  • Gifts in Kind SEAA welcomes archival donations associated with the built environment of the Louisiana/New Orleans region. The Garden Library welcomes book donations associated with environmental conservation, landscape architecture, gardening and horticulture of the southeastern United States.
  • Planned Giving Since its founding in 1979, SEAA has benefited from the thoughtful generosity of individuals who included the archive in their estate plans. Planned gifts can offer tax benefits while enabling you to make a more significant gift than otherwise possible.

For more information, email:

Kevin Williams, Archivist,


Collections Overview

The Southeastern Architectural Archive (SEAA), a unit of Tulane University Library's Special Collections Division, retains one of the largest collections of architectural records in the southern United States. Since its founding in 1979, SEAA has built an archival collection that documents the built environment of Louisiana and New Orleans and its surrounding region. The archive sustains research and education endeavors by collecting, preserving, promoting, and providing access to its collections.

Since 1986, SEAA has been home to the Garden Library of the New Orleans Town Gardeners, a member of the Garden Club of America. Dedicated to the study of landscape architecture, gardens, and horticulture of the southeastern Gulf Region, the Garden Library has grown to a collection numbering over 1000 individual titles, with books dating from the seventeenth century to the contemporary.

What We Collect

Geographical guidelines: Emphasis is placed on materials that document Louisiana and the New Orleans region. For the Garden Library, emphasis is placed on materials that document the southeastern Gulf Region, with a preference for Louisiana and greater New Orleans.

Types of materials: Original architectural records including project/non-project drawings, project/non-project photographs, and other items deemed in scope with our collections. For the Garden Library, preference for books, journals, diaries, brochures, and nursery catalogs.

Other general considerations: SEAA requests a monetary gift be included with donations as the processing, preservation, and storage of architectural records is costly.

What We Do Not Collect

  • Damaged or poorly preserved materials.
  • Newspaper clippings; photocopies.
  • Student papers; textbooks.
  • Project specifications, financial records, change orders. 
  • Most correspondence files.
  • Models.
  • Photographic slides, microfilm, transparencies, and Micromaster film.
  • Documents that duplicate existing holdings.
  • Government documents/reports including NHPA Section 106 Documents.
  • Collections that may provoke ethics conflicts with other institutions.
  • Records of active architects/firms.