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
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..."
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) has announced its 2018-2019 Grant-in-Aid awardees. Grant-in-Aid Awards supports travel by researchers to the IHRCA to advance the awardees' research. Awards are available through co-sponsorship from the Immigration History Research Center and the IHRCA through the ethnic and general funds.
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.