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Paul Tulane papers

Identifier: LaRC-49

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the personal and business papers of Paul Tulane, the nineteenth-century American businessman and philanthropist. Included are legal and financial papers, inventories of his real estate holdings, promissory notes, social and business correspondence, genealogical information relating to the Tulane family, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, portraits, photographs and negatives.


  • 1791-1974
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1801-1887


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Paul Tulane was born on May 6, 1801, of French parents, near Princeton, New Jersey. In 1822, he travelled to New Orleans to follow job opportunies, and conducted commercial business throughout the southern states. By 1827, he established the firm of Paul Tulane and Company in New Orleans, which engaged in retail and wholesale trade of dry goods and clothing. He amassed a fortune in commerce as well as investing in real estate in both Louisiana and New Jersey, anticipating the disruption of the Civil War. After residing in New Orleans for fifty one years, Paul Tulane retired from business, returning to Princeton, where he lived austerely until his death on March 27, 1887. He is remembered primarily for being a philanthropist, having given generously to a variety of religious, charitable, and educational organizations. The predominant recipient of his generosity was the University of Louisiana, founded in 1834 in New Orleans, which was later renamed Tulane University.


3 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by topic, then chronologically. It consists of 5 boxes. It is 3 linear feet.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from various donors.

Processing Information

Original finding aid prepared by Jeanine A. Eckholdt. First created in Archon on 5/6/2010. Updated with creator and subject headings on 7/23/2010.

Archon Finding Aid Title
Jazmin Smith
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US