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      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.
      Selena-Daly

      Immigration History Research Center Archives’ Grant-in-Aid Awards announcement

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      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.

      Reflections from an artist-in-residence

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      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

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      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’

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      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

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      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...

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