Louisiana Research Collection



Leon Miller


Head of Louisiana Research Collection

Librarian Phone Number

(504) 314-7833

Librarian Email


Program Description

The Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) documents the culture and society of, first, New Orleans, and second, the state of Louisiana as a whole. It accomplishes this mission by acquiring, preserving, and making available the full range of original Louisiana research materials (including monographs, periodicals, maps, prints, ephemera, manuscripts, and state documents) within a unified library department.

Subject Resource Guide


Published Works:    The Louisiana Research Collection collects comprehensively general, popular, and scholarly works in almost all subject areas concerning Louisiana.  However, it does not actively acquire the full range of available publications regarding agriculture because Tulane University lacks programs in this field. Exceptions are agribusiness, forestry, and enterprises possessing state-wide cultural significance such as cotton, rice, and sugar; or, when publications directly pertain to and strengthen current holdings.

Special attention is given to retrospective collecting of publications to assure completeness of the collection. Louisiana publications from World War II – 2000, and fiction and poetry from all time periods by Louisiana authors, are special focuses of retrospective collecting.  We also participate in the Louisiana State Documents Depository Program, serving as a selective repository for Louisiana state documents.


LaRC acquires the full range of publication types, including government publications, maps, monographic series, monographs, newspapers, pamphlets and other ephemera, prints and other images, and serials.  We do not typically collect theses and dissertations, though these may be considered selectively.


LaRC serves as a “library of last resort” for Louisiana publications. Therefore, most printed materials are acquired in their original publication format.    Microform, electronic, and digital formats are typically not collected by LaRC as part of our published holdings, as these are normally acquired as part of HTML’s general collections.


The department acquires in all languages common to Louisiana. Most acquisitions are in English, but French, Spanish, German, Italian, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Vietnamese are also acquired. As immigration patterns change, the collection will acquire in the languages of new area residents. We also collect popular and scholarly works on Louisiana written in other languages.

Chronological Period

The majority of acquisitions will concern Colonial Louisiana to the present. Social science and scientific research examining the region’s pre-historic and geologic past are acquired selectively.

Imprint Date

As a comprehensive research collection, we collect items published during all periods, from Colonial Louisiana to the present.

Geographical Considerations

LaRC acquires materials first about the city of New Orleans and secondly about Louisiana as a whole. We collect regional or comparative works if there is significant Louisiana content.

Related Collections

Cooperative Resources

We are a participant in the Louisiana Library Network’s LOUISiana Digital Library.

Supply Sources

Our larger collection development program is covered by an approval plan supplying books and book notices through YBP Library Services. We augment YBP acquisitions through other purchases and donations. We also have a requirement that persons seeking permission to quote from our holdings must donate two copies of their publication to our department; and, we receive regular shipments from the Louisiana State Library because of our status as a selective depository.

Endowed Funds

At present, no endowed funds are exclusively dedicated to the purchase of Louisiana publications.

Selection Tools

We consult a number of selection tools regularly, including The Octavian newsletter, Louisiana History, Louisiana Libraries, the Journal of Southern History, the books sections of the Times Picayune and the Gambit, catalogs of local publishers, various mailing lists and e-newsletters, as well as attendance at book fairs, local readings, and other events.  We are beginning to compare our catalog with those of peer institutions in an effort to guide our retrospective acquisitions.  Special attention is given to faculty, staff, and student requests.