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      Deb and Sandra, two Grants in Aid awardees, in a Libraries setting.

      Immigrants and invisible labor

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      As a feminist sociologist, I am fascinated by the notion of work — any format of exertion that sustains society and humanity, lives, and livelihoods.
      Deb and Sandra, two Grants in Aid awardees, in a Libraries setting.

      Reversing Brain Drain

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      By Sandra Ayivor Spotlight on Research: Guest author Sandra Ayivor was awarded the Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) Grant-in-Aid Award this year, and she...
      Sandra Ayivor

      IHRCA names Grant-in-Aid awardees

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      The Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) at the University Libraries is very pleased to announce its next Grant-in-Aid awardees. These awards support travel to the IHRCA at Andersen Library to advance the awardees’ research. Awards are available through co-sponsorship from the IHRCA and campus partner, the Immigration History Research Center.
      Kimberly and Rini

      Tracks — records of people on the move

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      The wealth of information in the Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) attracts researchers with different goals, studying different populations, and perhaps even holding different conceptions of words like refugee. In three recent projects, the IHRCA supported research ranging from politics to art, from refugees to displaced persons.
      Erika Lee

      Op-Ed: What does it mean to be American? Ask an immigrant

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      Erika Lee wrote an opinion piece published in the Los Angeles Times on July 4, titled: "What does it mean to be American? Ask an immigrant." The Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies traced American xenophobism — fear and hatred of foreigners — from the mid-19th century through 1916, then jumping a century, to Donald Trump’s election as U.S. President in 2016 and its follow-up. Read more and link to the L.A. Times article and video
      Beet Growers: Agreement for hand labor on sugar beets

      Sharing sources . . .

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      The Immigration History Research Center Archives recently digitized surveys of Mexican and Mexican-culture residents in St. Paul in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The surveys were done by what is now the International Institute of Minnesota. Founded in 1919, “it is a social service agency helping and also honoring new Americans..."
      Jamaya Williams

      Work-from-home updates from the archives

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      As a Global Studies major with a regional focus in Europe, I gain knowledge and more tangible rewards in my job as Student Assistant for the Immigration History Research Center Archives. In the two years, I’ve gained invaluable exposure to thousands of archival materials documenting the personal experiences of 20th-century European immigrants, refugees, and displaced persons. Since spring break, however, I’ve had to learn how to do my job without this hands-on and face-to-face component.
      University of Minnesota block M Gold on maroon background

      Spotlight on research: Becoming Italian-American

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      Guest author Teresa Bertilotti shares about her research project, Becoming Italian-American: Entertainment and Historical Culture, 1860-1930, and about her research at the Immigration History...
      Photo of an undated letter in black typescript, with letterhead of the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee.

      Archives provide valuable sources for dissertation on the topic of ‘Humanitarian Capitalism’

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      Spotlight on Research: Our guest author Andrew Marion visited the Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) recently, and writes about both the visit and his research on the topic of Humanitarian Capitalism: Displaced Person Resettlement in America, 1948-1952. Marion is one of this year’s Grant-in-Aid Award recipients, and is a History Ph.D. candidate at the University of Mississippi.
      Black and white illustration by K. A. Suvantoo showing man inspecting immigrants at Ellis Island, New York

      A visit from Australia to research Finnish-America

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      Guest author Alana Kosklin visited the Immigration History Research Center Archives recently, and shares her experience doing research for her topic of interest, the Kalevala and Finnish-Americans. Kosklin is the recipient of this year’s Michael G. Karni Scholarship, which is awarded by the Immigration History Research Center. Kosklin is an English Ph.D. candidate at the University of Newcastle in Australia.
      Cover of an annual journal that benefited Russian children, courtesy IHRCA.

      Nina Bogdan’s archival research on Russian Emigrés to Northern California

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      Spotlight on Research: Our guest author Nina Bogdan was awarded the Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) Grant-in-Aid Award this year, and visited us for five days to explore the material in the IHRCA. This blog post explains Bogdan’s research project and how these sources relate to it. Bogdan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Arizona.
      A woman tosses pizza dough with her hands. Image from the Immigration History Research Center Archives.

      Unity Without Uniformity

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      Minnesota is sometimes referred to as the land of 10,000 lakes and 100 countries. This exhibit celebrates the communities of New Americans who have shaped Minnesota into a strong, multicultural state. It also celebrates the International Institute of Minnesota. October 14, 2019 through January 17, 2020 at Elmer L. Andersen Library, 2nd Floor Atrium Gallery.

      IHRCA Announces Grant-in-Aid Awards, Karni Scholarship

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      The Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) at the University Libraries announces its 2019–2020 Grant-in-Aid awardees and the Immigration History Research Center’s Michael J. Karni Scholarship awardee.
      Overhead view of all 44 of Tometaro Kitagawa's diaries spread across a table before being processed.

      New to the IHRCA: Japanese Immigrant and Minneapolis Small Business Owner’s 44 Diaries

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      The papers of Tometaro Kitagawa, a collection recently donated to the Immigration History Research Center Archives, is now available for researchers. Received earlier this year, the collection primarily contains Tometaro’s dairies and their transcriptions, but also includes a few photographs and a catalog from the store Kitagawa owned and operated in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
      Image of woman holding ceramic water vesse

      Italy’s ‘Other’: A Study of Transnational Calabrian Identity 

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      Spotlight on Research: Guest author Aurora Moxon was awarded the Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) Grant-in-Aid Award this past year, and visited us for five days to study the research topic of Italy’s Other: A Study of Transnational Calabrian Identity. This blog post shares her recent experience with the IHRCA. Moxon is a History Ph.D. candidate at the University of Bristol, U.K.

      Generous Greeks

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      John and Nancy Lambros are proud of their family’s legacy of immigration from Greece and later success as first-generation Americans. It’s a past shared by so many others across the country. They wanted to ensure that this history of Greek-Americans is documented, interpreted, celebrated, and made available for researchers.

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