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Special Collections Staff
4th Floor - Prescott Memorial Library
(318) 257-2935

Peggy Carter - Director

Tanya Arant - Library Spec. III

Joyce Chandler - Library Spec. I

Welcome to Louisiana Tech's Department of Special Collections, Manuscripts and Archives website. The department is located in the Prescott Memorial Library on the fourth floor of Wyly Tower and its operating hours are Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.  We are closed on the weekends.  It is a rich repository of primary research materials which are available to all qualified scholars, students, and the public. We hope the following information will help you in using Special Collections at Louisiana Tech.

Since 1945, the Department has been dedicated to the collection, preservation, and provision of access to materials which document the history of the University, Ruston, Lincoln Parish, and North Louisiana. Although not part of the Department of Special Collections, the Louisiana Tech Museum is also housed on the fourth floor. There are over 500 manuscript collections consisting of personal and family papers, business and church records, diaries, maps, oral history tapes, photographs, paintings and sketches, and other similar materials. The Department is also a repository of rare books and periodicals related to the literature, history, and culture of Louisiana and the South. The University Archives contains the records, printed publications, photographs, theses and dissertations of:

  • Louisiana Industrial Institute (1894-1921).
  • Louisiana Polytechnic Institute (1921-1970).
  • Louisiana Tech University (1970-Present).

The manuscripts are not catalogued in the library's Online Public Access Catalog, so the only way to search them is through the Site Search box in the upper right hand corner or, if you know the collection you are looking for, you can click on it in our Collection Index. Note: The Site Search box uses a Google search engine to search only our site. You can use it to search for collections or information on the department.

We will be updating this site over the coming months as we upload the finding aids. Eventually, all of the manuscript finding aids will be published online in a word searchable database. This will be advantageous to anyone wanting to do research in the collections.

Some of our major collections are:

To request information on our collections please fill out our email form or send email to

Click here for Regulations Governing the Use of Materials.

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Department of Special Collections, Manuscripts and Archives | P.O. Box 10408 | Ruston, LA 71272 | 1-318-257-2935