Libraries are a key component of academic life at Tulane University. Tulane libraries house more than 3.2 million volumes and provide access to articles from tens of thousands of current serials. Collections include a large array of digital resources such as full text databases and online journals. The libraries also collect government documents, microforms and a variety of non-print media such as audio or video recordings.
As Tulane University's main library, the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library supports the university's undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities, social sciences, and science and engineering. It also is a major cultural resource for researchers and scholars from throughout the Louisiana-Gulf Coast region. Its unique collections in areas such as Latin American studies, jazz and New Orleans history often draw researchers from around the globe.
The Amistad Research Center began as the first archive documenting the modern civil rights movement. Today, the collection includes source materials related to the history of slavery, race relations, African American community development and the civil rights movement. The center also is home to more than 800 works of African and African American art, including works by several internationally renowned 19th and 20th century African American masters.
This library houses standard reference materials in architecture, monographs on contemporary and historically eminent architects and their works as well as information on landscape architecture, building technology, energy, ecology, preservation and city planning.
The archive comprises the largest collection of architectural drawings and building records in the South. The collection focuses on the built environment of New Orleans and Louisiana.
The business library provides support for the teaching, learning and research activities of the A. B. Freeman School of Business, as well as assisting with the business and management information needs of Tulane students and faculty.
The jazz archive is a renowned resource for New Orleans jazz research. The collection includes oral histories, recorded music, photographs and film, and sheet music and orchestrations. It also houses files of manuscripts, clippings and bibliographic references.
The Latin American Library is among the world's foremost collections in Latin American archaeology, anthropology, history, linguistics, art, architecture, film, women's studies, economics and many other subject areas. The collection comprises of more than 420,000 volumes and is one of the most comprehensive of its kind, including materials from the contact period to the present day.
The Law Library supports the educational and research activities of the Tulane Law School. The library has a collection of approximately 400,000 volumes, including standard sources on U.S. federal and state law, foreign, international, and comparative law, civil law and maritime materials.
The Louisiana Collection is a research library preserving publications (books, pamphlets and magazines) pertaining to all aspects of Louisiana from colonial times to the present, from anthropology to zoology. It includes one of the best collections of pre-World War II Louisiana publications in the state.
The Math Library serves the mathematics research needs of the Tulane and the New Orleans communities.
The health sciences library is the primary resource library of Tulane University School of Medicine and the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Located on the 4th floor of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, the Music & Media Center is the primary service point for music reference, sound recordings, and video recordings. Patrons can access thousands of CDs covering a broad range of classical, traditional, jazz, rock, and hip-hop music as well as thousands of DVD documentaries, feature films, and popular television shows.
The Newcomb Archives seeks to collect, preserve, and make available records and manuscript materials that document the lives of women, particularly those that relate to women's education and the history of women at Newcomb College and Tulane University.
Rare Books preserves approximately 50,000 titles dating from a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible (ca. 1456) to recent first editions. These holdings include a wide range of formats, from miniatures no larger than one inch high, to volumes 40 inches tall; from 500-year-old books in as fine a condition as the day they were printed to 20th-century first editions that are crumbling from the acidity of their paper.
The Special Collections division includes University Archives, Hogan Jazz Archives, Rare Books, Manuscripts, the Louisiana Collection and the Southeastern Architectural Archives.
University Archives preserves the official records of Tulane University and information about Tulane. The archive holds over 3,600 linear feet of materials -- primarily documents, but also in excess of 11,000 slides, 55,000 photographic negatives and more.
The Vorhoff Library contains some 12,000 books on women, gender issues, and culinary history. Areas of specialization within the library include the higher education of women and the history of southern women. In addition, the library also subscribes to more than 100 journals and newsletters. The library is named in honor of Nadine Vorhoff, who as president of the Newcomb Alumnae Association helped to raise the funds to establish the library in 1975.
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