Tulane's twelve libraries make up a research network ranked among the top in the nation. Our special collections are so unique that people come from around the world to do research at Tulane.
The general collections of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library allow you to browse Tulane's two million volumes, one million government documents, and 15,000 current serial titles right from your dorm room via the university’s online catalog. This main library and eleven other specialized research centers house an impressive array of rare books, manuscripts, historical documents, digital archives, art, and music. Howard-Tilton underwent a major renovation in 2015 that added two floors and allowed more centralized storage of several collections, as well as increased study space for students.
The Latin American Library at Tulane University is among the world’s foremost collections of research materials from and about the region. Established in 1924, the collection comprises more than 460,000 volumes, including rare books, manuscripts, images, maps, and electronic resources. Especially known for its image collection, the library holds over 75,000 images representing the region from the mid-19th century to the present. The Latin American Library is located in Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.
The Hogan Jazz Archive, a renowned resource for New Orleans jazz research, contains oral histories, rare recordings, photographs, films, sheet music, orchestrations, manuscripts, and news clippings. The archive is located in Jones Hall.
Tulane's Louisiana Collection is the world’s largest library for materials regarding New Orleans, and the second-largest for the history of Louisiana as a whole. Boasting original papers and publications from some of Louisiana's most famous historical figures, the collection is valuable to students and researchers alike. The Carnival Collection within the division contains original float and costume designs from well over a hundred years of Mardi Gras celebrations. The collection is located in Room 202, Jones Hall.
The Amistad Research Center is the nation’s largest independent archive specializing in the history of African Americans and other ethnic minority groups. The impressive collection contains more than 800 works of African and African American art, over 250,000 photographs dating from 1859, and original manuscripts from prominent Harlem Renaissance writers. The center was an essential resource for the development of the movie Amistad, and it is located in Tilton Hall.
Founded in 1975, the Nadine Vorhoff Library contains a broad collection relating to Women’s Education and Studies. Library highlights include the Newcomb Archives, Newcomb College records, and prescriptive literature focusing on the history of women’s education and women living in the South. The collections provide valuable insight into the progression of a variety of themes, including mothering, marriage, and physical education for women. Also of particular importance is the Zales Writer Collection; each year Newcomb brings a nationally known writer to campus to teach and speak, and the collection includes books authored by these writers. The library is located in Caroline Richardson Hall.
Did You Know?
In 1850, J. Lawrence Smith, a faculty member in the Tulane School of Medicine, invented the inverted microscope.