Giving

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.

Ways to Give

  • Memorializing Someone/Endowed Funds Giving a financial gift in honor of someone helps SEAA fund conservation projects, purchase archival supplies, and mount exhibits. Setting up an endowed fund is a special way to honor someone, which keeps the principal intact, only the income generated is used. 
  • In-Kind Donations 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.
  • Bequests SEAA has benefited from the generosity of individuals who included the archive in their estate plans. 

For more information, email:

Kevin Williams, Archivist, kevinw@tulane.edu

 

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.

Types of materials: Original architectural records including project/non-project drawings, project/non-project photographs, and other items deemed in scope with our collections. 

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.
  • Most books/journals.
  • 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.