University of Minnesota
Digitizing Immigrant Letters

Survey of Minnesota repositories with holdings of immigrant letters

This survey was conducted in 2010 by the IHRC with support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Over 250 local historical societies and university/college special collections and archives in Minnesota were contacted by mail or email and asked to fill out questionnaires regarding their holdings of immigrant personal narratives. Summary of the data returned can be found below. Additional information is available for institutions whose names are highlighted as links.

Institution Name

City

URL

Letters

Y/N

Diaries

Y/N

Unpublished memoirs

Y/N

Oral_Histories

Y/N

Oral_Histories Transcripts

Y/N

Number of Collections

Language 1 Language 2 Language 3
1877 Peterson Station Museum

Peterson

Y Y 10 Norwegian
Argyle Historical Society

Argyle

http://www.myerchin.org/ArgyleMuseumGift.html

Y Y Y 14 English
Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota

St. Paul

www.sokolmn.org Y Y Y Y Y Czech English
Dodge County Historical Society

Mantorville

http://www.dodgecohistorical.addr.com/ Y Y Y N N ca. 10 English German
Douglas County Historical Society

Alexandria

www.dchsmn.org Y Y Y Not cataloged
Hennepin History Museum

Minneapolis

http://hennepinhistory.org/ N Y Y N N 70
Hmong Archives

St. Paul

www.hmongarchives.org Y Y 100 Hmong English Lao/Thai
Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Minneapolis

http://ihrc.umn.edu Y Y Y Y Y ca. 30-50 English Finnish Italian, Croatian, Slovene, Ukrainian, Latvian, Czech
Iron Range Historical Society

Gilbert

http://ironrangehistoricalsociety.org/ N N Y Y Y 3 English
Iron Range Research Center

Chisholm

http://mndiscoverycenter.com/research-center Y Y Y Y Y 20 English Finnish Slovene, Croatian, Bulgarian, German, Italian
Lac Qui Parle County Historical Society

Madison

Y Y N N N Few Mostly English
Lakeville Area Historical Society

Lakeville

www.rootsweb.com/~mnlahs Y N N N N 1 English
Lanesboro Historical Museum

Lanesboro

Y N N N N 10 Norwegian
McLeod County Historical Society

Hutchinson

www.mcleodhistory.org Y Y N Y Y Not cataloged English German Czech
Minnesota Historical Society

St. Paul

www.mnhs.org Y Y Y Y Y Multiple languages
Moose Lake Area Historical Society

Moose Lake

http://www.mooselakeareahistory.com/ N N N Y Y 200 English
Morrison County Historical Society

Little Falls

www.morrisoncountyhistory.org Y
New Brighton Area Historical Society

New Brighton

Y Y Y 47 English
Northeast Minnesota Historical Center

Duluth

http://www.d.umn.edu/lib/nemhc/ Y Y Y Y Y 10
Northwest Minnesota Historical Center

Moorhead

http://www.mnstate.edu/archives/Northwest Y Y Y Y Y
Polish Cultural Institute of Winona

Winona

http://www.polishmuseumwinona.org/ Y Y 50 letters, 5 hours Polish
Sauk Centre Area Historical Society

Sauk Centre

Y Y Y 30 English
Scott County Historical Society

Shakopee

www.scottcountyhistory.org Y Y 15-20 German Czech English
Southern Minnesota Historical Center

Mankato

http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/ Y Y Y Y 5 Norwegian German English
Stearns Historical Museum/Research Center

St. Cloud

Y Y Y Y Y 25 English German Norwegian, Slovenian, Swedish
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center

Morris

http://www.morris.umn.edu/library/WCHRC/ Y Y Y Y Y 9 English German

 

 

 

 

 


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