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Immigration History Research Center

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Appointments strongly encouraged

Please make an appointment to use our collections in advance of your visit. E-mail to set up an appointment and to request material. Our ability to serve walk-in researchers is currently limited. Thank you.

Selected digitized sources have been highlighted in interpretive web display projects as "Spotlight on Selected Sources" (SOSS) to be viewed at the this link.

Since 2009, a major project to bring more materials on-line has been developed - Digitizing Immigrant Letters

About the archives:

Started in the early 1960s, IHRC Archives is a unit of the Archives and Special Collections department within the University of Minnesota Libraries. Since soon after its inception in 1963 (as "Immigrant Archives"), it has had a close collaborative relationship with the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) of the College of Liberal Arts (est. in 1965 as the Center for Immigration Studies).

The IHRCA's holdings consist of a library of published materials, a collection of serials and newspapers, and approximately 2,000 individual archival collections of personal papers and organizational records. The materials document a variety of immigrant experiences in the United States post-1848, with the bulk of the holdings pertaining to immigrants and refugees arriving between 1880 and 1980.

Patron Services

Materials held by the IHRC Archives do not circulate and must only be used in the reading room. IHRCA is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4:30 p.m. The reading room of the Andersen Library is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.