Established on paper in 1962 as the corporate archives of Tulane University, it wasn’t until 1968 that University Archives began to fulfill its mandate to collect, preserve, and administer the official records of the university. Since then, over 12,000 linear feet of material have been transferred to the archives from the university’s administrative and academic offices, including correspondence and office files, images, publications, theses and dissertations, non-current student records, ephemeral vertical files, and a small collection of memorabilia and alumni scrapbooks.
University Archives preserves records that are essential to the effective administration of the university. It also holds important resources for class papers, honors theses, master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, and research projects in innumerable fields. Digitized student registration ledgers, alumni lists, and yearbooks are invaluable tools for genealogists and descendants of alumni.
The most substantial and comprehensive record groups held in University Archives contain correspondence and office files of the Board of Administrators (since 1845) and of the Office of the President, from William Preston Johnston (1884-1899) through Eamon Michael Kelly (1980-1998).