Exhibitions and Public Programming

Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) welcomes students, educators, and learners of all kinds for communal exploration and study. If you would like to partner with us on our outreach activities or learn more about TUSC programming, please contact specialcollections@tulane.edu.

For directions and hours, please see our Visitor Information page. 

Current Exhibition

“I Shall Not Be Moved”: Black Student Life at Tulane, 1963-2023

April 20, 2023 – September 22, 2023

In July 2020, Tulane’s Black Student Union released a list of demands and expectations calling for “institutional revolution.” It was a call that referenced and echoed the demands released in 1968 by tBSU’s predecessors, the Afro-American Congress of Tulane. Among ACT’s many “orders of discourse” were a call for the establishment of an academic program focused on Black history and culture, and for the library to increase representations of Black American voices and experiences among its collections and resources.

In light of these calls for action, Tulane University Special Collections is pleased to partner with tBSU to mount a new exhibition that highlights and contextualizes Black student life at Tulane. “I Shall Not Be Moved”: Black Student Life at Tulane, 1963-2023 seeks to activate the historical record by inviting conversation between tBSU’s past and present. Featuring materials from Tulane University Archives and the Rare Books collection, the items on display were selected by tBSU’s Executive Board with the assistance of TUSC archivists and librarians. The exhibition’s title, chosen by tBSU, quotes Maya Angelou’s 1990 poem, “Our Grandmothers,” which celebrates the power and agency of her Black ancestors and community. The poem is featured in a limited-edition folio illustrated by the artist and educator John Biggers; the folio will be on view during the exhibition.

“I Shall Not Be Moved”: Black Student Life at Tulane, 1963-2023 opens April 20, 2023 with a public reception from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Tulane University Special Collections 2nd Floor Gallery, 6801 Freret Street, Jones Hall, on Tulane University’s Uptown campus. The exhibition will remain on view through September 22, 2023 from 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday. Admission is free and open to the public.

Special thanks to Tulane University Archivist Ann Case, Head of Research Services and Rare Books Curator Agnieszka Czeblakow, Special Collections Library Associate Faye Daigle, and Coordinator for Exhibits and Outreach Kevin Williams for their work to facilitate and mount this exhibition.

For more information contact: Kevin Williams, Coordinator for Exhibits & Outreach, Tulane University Special Collections(504) 247-1836 kevinw@tulane.edu



Upcoming Events

Please join us for these upcoming events!

The Prima Memorial Lecture Series:
Dr. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr.
“What I Did with Musicology and What It Gave Me Back”

UPDATE: Regrettably, we must announce the cancellation of this event, originally scheduled for Thursday, February 1, 2024, due to unforeseen circumstances.

Stay tuned for updates, as we are working to reschedule the lecture.

Diboll Gallery at Newcomb Institute (43 Newcomb Pl.),
3rd floor of the Malkin Sacks Commons
Tulane University

Free and open to the public

Guggenheim Fellow and musicologist Dr. Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. will discuss his 30 years of multimodal inquiry as a scholar, author, musician, teacher, and community activist as a route of possibility for an academic career in music.  

Dr. Ramsey is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Visiting Dean's Chair in Music at McGill University. His work includes writing books such as his latest, Who Hears Here: On Black Music Pasts and Present (2022); and consulting for projects such as the 2020 Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary, The Apollo: The Soul of American Culture.

The Prima Memorial Lecture Series presents discourse and discussion around American popular music, including its origins in American jazz.

Presented by Tulane University Special Collections and the Gia Maione Prima Foundation. Co-sponsored by the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Undergraduate Research and the Newcomb Department of Music.

For more info, click here, or email mweber3@tulane.edu.


In the Archives: Researching and Learning with Primary Source Materials about New Orleans

Monday, April 1, 2024
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Louis Prima Room (room 306) in Jones Hall, 6801 Freret St., Tulane University

This hands-on introduction to archives allows attendees to engage with holdings from the Hogan Archive of New Orleans Music and New Orleans Jazz, a unit of Tulane University Special Collections.

Learn about what archives are, how they're interesting and can benefit you, and why archives about New Orleans music and culture are important. Led by Melissa A. Weber, Hogan Archive curator.

This in-person workshop is open to both the Tulane University community and the general public. Students are encouraged to attend. RSVP required. Capacity: 20 attendees.






Past Exhibitions

Recent exhibitions include “I Shall Not Be Moved”: Black Student Life at Tulane, 1963-2023 (April - December 2023); Absolutely Unpredictable: Anne Rice in the City of Transgression (October 2022 - February 2023); Music IS the Scene": Jazz Fest's First Decade, 1970-1979 (March - May 2022); Captive Voices: Hearing, Seeing, and Imagining Angola Prison, launched as a complement to the 2019 Tulane Reading Project selection, Vengeance by Zachary Lazar; and Proteus 1892, Teunisson 1902, and Louis Armstrong 1949: Selections from the Carnival Holdings.

Digital Exhibitions
Loans for Exhibitions

Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) welcomes loan requests from institutions with established exhibition programs and professional staff qualified to handle the materials requested. Loan requests are judged on their own merits and the final decision to loan an item is made on a case-by-case basis. TUSC will provide an agreement for approved loans and cannot sign agreements from a borrowing institution. For more information about our loan program, please email Kevin Williams, Coordinator for Exhibits & Outreach, Tulane University Special Collections, kevinw@tulane.edu.