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      Reflections from an artist-in-residence

      Working with archival materials in quiet reading rooms for many hours during my spring residency at the UMN Libraries' Archives & Special Collections was a contemplative, productive, at times intense, surprising, and overall gratifying experience. I conducted research primarily in two collections: the Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine. My research objectives broadly included the Guatemalan Civil War, migration and trauma, historical conceptions of 'The Tropics,' mosquito-borne illnesses, indigenous treatments, and the confluence of race and disease.
      Photograph of the cast of a Befana performance by the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre, from the Immigration History Research Center Archives’ Vannelli Papers.

      Inside the Minnesotan cave of immigrant wonders

      Guest author Matthew Reza shares his recent experience with the Immigration History Research Center Archives staff and collections. Reza is a tutor, lecturer, and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford.
      Image of Caselli’s scrapbook, showing Matteotti alongside Engels, Marx, and Kropotkine, from the Immigration History Research Center Archives, Caselli Papers.

      Spotlight on Research: Amy King writes on ‘Giacomo Matteotti: an international martyr for antifascism’

      Guest author Amy King is a final year Ph.D. candidate in the Italian department at the University of Bristol. She was awarded the Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) Grant-in-Aid Award this year, and visited us to study the commemoration of Giacomo Matteotti in the Italian communities of the United States.
      Image of the book cover.

      IHRCA collections used in book publication project

      By Daniel Necas Archivist, Immigration History Research Center Archives In 2010 and 2011, a team of researchers from the University of Vienna and University of Wisconsin...
      Frank Jankac

      IHRCA announces Grant-in-Aid Awards, Karni Scholarship

      Frank Jankac, Amy King, and Matthew Reza are this year's Immigration History Research Center Archives' Grant-in-Aid Awardees, and Rosaria Frankco is this year's awardee of the Michael J. Karni Scholarship.
      An image of sea adventurers from 1599, from the James Ford Bell collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries

      Libraries expands access to primary resources for undergraduate teaching

      The University of Minnesota Libraries is partnering with Adam Matthew Digital to make some of its rich primary source material available for undergraduate research...
      Foreign Language Information Service Press Release Letterhead

      Connecting the Present to the Past

      By Kirsten Buvala Project Manager, Immigration History Research Center Archives I have had the great fortune to be project manager for a digitization project here at...
      Drawing of an Estionian national costume, from the Linda Ormisson Papers

      Processing materials across the border

      By Daniel Necas Archivist, Immigration History Research Center Archives Between September 15 and October 14, the IHRC Archives hosted two archivists from the National Archives of...
      IHRCA Collage of photos

      The Immigration History Research Center and Archives Grant-in-Aid Awards and Karni Scholarship Announcement

      Matteo Brera, Jerry Grzybowski, Aleksej Kalc, and Gregory Shibley are the IHRC Archives' Grant-in-Aid awardees and Samira Saramo received the IHRC's Karni Scholarship from the University of Minnesota.
      Cover image of the publication "Kab tshoob kev kos” published in 1985 as the first volume in an intended series of 20 titles to be released between 1985 and 1989, entitled “Hmong Cultural Patrimony.”

      Refugee Studies Center Book Collection at the IHRC Archives

      In 1999, the Immigration History Research Center acquired a collection of materials accumulated by the recently closed Refugee Studies Center (RSC), a research center established at the University of Minnesota in 1980. The Center focused its attention primarily on newly arriving refugees from Southeast Asia, following the war in Vietnam.
      Ad for the "Rocket Store" that appeared with Italian text in an issue of Vita Nuova, published in Rock Springs, Wyoming (no date).

      IHRC Archives partners with the Wyoming State Library for open access to Italian-American newspapers

      By Ellen Engseth Curator, Immigration History Research Center Archives and Head, Migration and Social Services Collections Curious about Italian immigrants settling in Rock Springs, Wyoming? Read...
      Sketch of a character from Oskar Seliaru’s original puppet production, See oli unenägu. The sketch shows the front of the puppet, which has a distorted face and wears a red vest with a green hat and green gaucho pants. The back of the puppet is included in the upper right hand corner of the drawing. The puppet has bushy white eyebrows and a scruffy beard. The drawing was created in the Augsburg (Germany) Displaced Persons Camp, circa 1946.

      Archival research: A process piece

      Although archival professionals anticipate that researchers may face any number of challenges (language, format, condition, location, access restrictions, etc.) when working with special collections, this reality often comes as a surprise to new researchers. Assistant Archivist Jamie L. Hoehn explains her firsthand experience.
      One page of the handwritten letter from Jozef Kostlan, 1863.

      Season’s Greetings!

      Ellen Engseth excerpts from seasonal letters that are in the Migration and Social Services Collections at the University of Minnesota, including those from our curated collection of emotional transnational correspondence dating from the later 19th and into the 20th century, a collection called Digitizing Immigrant Letters.
      An image of the "People on the Move" exhibit showing the title banner, display cases and suitcases.

      Happy Anniversary!

      The Immigration History Research Center Archives, with our colleague Immigration History Research Center, celebrates 50 years this fall at the University of Minnesota.
      Envelope postmarked 17 April 1985 in Hackensack NJ. The envelope is addressed to Immigrant Archives, U-of-M 826 Berry Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55114 and was sent by ARCA, the Armenian Rights Council of America (written in English and Armenian), 468 Mt. Auburn Street PO Box 302 Watertown MA 002272. There is a logo for ARCA in the upper left-hand corner which reads “70th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by Turkey”

      Centennial of the Armenian Genocide

      The Immigration History Research Center Archives is commemorating the centennial of the Armenian Genocide with an exhibit, a research guide, and an event on October 21.