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      IHRCA Announces Grant-in-Aid Awards, Karni Scholarship

      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

      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 

      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.

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

      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

      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.

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