To preserve our past for future generations, Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) welcomes the help of persons interested in preserving our shared cultural heritage. With your generosity, TUSC is able to fund conservation projects, digitization, exhibits, and new acquisitions.

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. 

What We Do Not Collect

  • Damaged or poorly preserved materials

  • Newspaper clippings; photocopies

  • Student papers; textbooks

  • Books, journals, and magazines

  • Project specifications, financial records, and change orders 

  • Models, artifacts, and building salvage

  • CAD and other types of digital files

  • 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

How to Make a Donation

We would be happy to discuss with you the different ways you can support our work, as well as welcome you to our department to discuss our collections and services. First, contact the Director of Special Collections to discuss your potential donation. For materials that might fall outside of our collecting criteria, we can work with you to find a more appropriate professional archives, library, or museum.

Please do not drop off materials before contacting us to discuss your donation. 

For more information, please contact:

Jillian Cuellar, Director of Special Collections

Tulane University Special Collections

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library

Jones Hall

6801 Freret Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118