We welcome reference questions in person, mail, and phone, but it is best to send us a detailed email inquiry. Please contact us to set up an appointment to use our collections at Researchers may access our holdings in the Tulane University Special Collections reading room on the 2nd floor of Jones Hall, 6801 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70118.

The more details you provide in your inquiry, the better we will be able to assist you. Most buididng plans in our holdings are organized by street address or building name, but knowing the architect/firm, approximate construction date, building type, client name, and any other information you can give us will help to determine if we have anything to assist in your research.

Please note that there is a difference between reference and research. We cannot do research for patrons. Research, writing, and publishing are all part of the larger research process. We will do everything we can to direct you to useful resources within our holdings, or suggest other institutions, but we cannot choose, select, read, translate, or interpret our holdings for you. Special Collections are stored in a closed stacks, and browsing of collections is not permitted. 

For questions concerning our holdings or to request a research appointment, please contact or call 504-865-5685.  

Please let us know if you have accessibility concerns and we will work with you.

Once you have made an appointment, please read the following guidelines:

Signing In 
  • Check in at Special Collections Division's Main Reading Room, 202, Jones Hall
  • You will be asked to complete a digital registration form
  • Store personal belongings in an available locker. You will be issued a key.
  • Read our guidelines 
  • Complete a call slip or request form. 

Researchers may bring to to the reading room: notepad/paper, pencils (no ink pens), wireless laptop computer (w/o bag), non-flash camera/cellphone for self photography, and anything needed to support a medical condition.

All coats, bags, briefcases, umbrellas, and other personal items should be checked into a locker.

Cellphones are permitted only for self photography.


Tulane University Special Collections
Jones Hall, Room 202
6801 Freret Street

Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118[
(504) 865-5685 |
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Our building is directly across Newcomb Place from Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, the university's main library.

Please see this guide to visiting Joseph Merrick Jones Hall