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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
The University of Minnesota Libraries is partnering with Adam Matthew Digital to make some of its rich primary source material available for undergraduate research...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
The Immigration History Research Center Archives, with our colleague Immigration History Research Center, celebrates 50 years this fall at the University of Minnesota.
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.
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