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Xavier University of Louisiana Library

Digital Archives & Collections

Xavier University of Louisiana's Digital Archives contains a wealth of internationally and locally valued historical manuscripts, photographs, and university records. Presently holding over 14,000+ digital records, our fully accessible collections are growing at a rapid pace as we work to digitize the numerous treasures that exist within our University Library's Archives and Special Collections.

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Xavier University Photographs Collection - Historic Xavier University

This portion of the The Xavier University Photographs Collection contains photographs relating directly to the history of Xavier University of Louisiana, including "Old Xavier" University, Xavier Preparatory, Xavier Students, Campus Visitors, Academics, Sports, Buildings, and Activities from the beginnings of XULA in the early 1900s. 

The Harmon Foundation Collection - Silent Film Documentary of Xavier University

The Harmon Foundation Collection contains the silent film titled "Xavier University: America's Only Catholic College for Negro Youth." The short film, shot on the Xavier University of Louisiana campus during the late 1930s, was completed as part of the "Negro Schools in American Education Series," to, “recognize the outstanding achievements of Americans of Negro origin.”

Charles F. Heartman Manuscripts of Slavery Collection

The Charles F. Heartman Manuscripts of Slavery Collection consists of over 6000 pieces dating from 1724 to 1897, and relate directly to the social, economic, civil, and legal status of enslaved Negroes and Free People of Color in Louisiana an especially in New Orleans. The manuscripts are written in French, Spanish, and English. 

Arthur P. Bedou Photographs Collection

The Arthur P. Bedou Photographs Collection contains images taken by the leading black photographer of New Orleans in the first half of the twentieth century, including the last pictures taken of Marcus Garvey in the United States and extensive documentation of Booker T. Washington's last speaking tours.

Archives Photographs Collection

The Xavier University Archives Photographs Collection consists of photographs held within the XULA Archives and deals directly with people of African descent in and around New Orleans. Here you will find notable members and institutions of the community, local persons and events, as well as fraternal organizations and local churches.