The Immigration History Research Center on the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis Campus is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! It was founded in 1965 to promote the research of race, migration, and ethnicity in the US.
In 2013, IHRC launched a project called Immigrant Stories: Digital Stories by Immigrants and Refugees, to document, preserve, and share the unique stories of families coming to the US.
Some of these videos can be viewed on Youtube on the Immigration History Research Center’s channel.
The IHRC focuses its collections to document the story of millions of immigrants that have settled and made the United States what it is today. The holdings include both published and non-published materials of serials, newspapers, personal papers, and organizational records. IHRC has a wide collection of both still and moving images in their collections as well. The majority of the collections relate to groups that were part of the massive migration to the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries from eastern, central, and southern Europe, as well as Near Eastern ethnic groups. IHRC also has collections relating to earlier and more recent migrations including refugees from all over the globe.
Their collections are organized largely by immigrant ethnic group. Although, some of the collections have an organization created by immigrants or in immigrant communities as their main focus. Their collections are gathered from all over the United States, as well as internationally, mainly through donations and gifts. To access the great collections available from the Immigration History Research Center, it is recommended that you make an appointment to visit. Some of the collections have been made available online through their website, or the University of Minnesota Libraries website. IHRC has put many of their finding aids on their website to help researchers and patrons, which include faculty, staff, and students of the University of Minnesota, genealogists, and immigrants.
If you are interested in what is was, or is, like for immigrants coming to the United States, this is an excellent place to start. The IHRC website has a 19 minute video that you can download and watch for more information on what they do, and why they do it. Go ahead and check it out for yourself today!