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Archives & Manuscripts Department: About Archives


Archives (3rd Floor)

Archives is the official repository for all records of the university that have enduring historical, administrative, or community significance. The Archives Collection includes: printed volumes, manuscripts, and photographs, prints, and other visual media. The Rare Book Collections consist of works by 20th-century authors. It also includes records of the founding and growth of the university as well as an extensive collection documenting regional history.

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Southern University Archives and Manuscripts  Department provides vibrant sources with which to conduct research and engage classes using original sources.

Contact the Archives and Manuscripts to help you get started using our collections and staff expertise:

University Archives: Please contact staff in advance at for access to archival materials or research assistance.  


Archives, Manuscripts & Rare Books Department

Angela Proctor

Head University Archivist and Digital Librarian
Barry Arceneaux Library Specialist II


Service Desk Telephone Number: (225) 771- 2773

Angela Proctor - Direct Office Number:  (225) 771-2624

Barry Arceneaux - Direct Office Number:  (225) 771-2699

Department Hours

Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Closed Weekends




Is a complete archives collection management solution and integrated portal application which helps to make archival collections widely accessible to users, supporting research, and preserving records for the future.

ArchivEra allows the Southern University and A&M College, Archives, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department to offer public portal access to collections, provide more in-depth documentation about each object, artifact or collection (delivering multimedia content).  It also allows the Archives Department to effectively manage collections, build an imaginative web presence, engage and inspire visitors, and attract donors.

Here you can find archival collections from the Archives, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department such as:  Denver Smith and Leonard Brown Collection (S&B), The Home Fires, The Southernite and an original set of Slave Narratives.

Please continue to check here often as more collections will be added. For more information please email: