International migration involves the history and culture of both the country of origin and the country of destination. Croatian immigration to the United States is thus an important component of the historical relationship between the Croatian and American peoples. The study of Croatian Americans inevitably involves the study of the history of both countries. Through its documentary collections and its conferences, publications, and Internet communication, the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) facilitates understanding and appreciation of the mutual enrichment resulting from this interaction.
The IHRC, an internationally recognized leading institution for the study of migration and ethnicity, observed its 35th anniversary in the year 2000. Over these years, the center has been engaged in collecting and preserving the historical records of the great immigration from eastern and southern Europe to the United States. It now holds the richest and most extensive collection of materials for a number of ethnic groups, including Croatian Americans.
The Croatian American Collection includes such precious records as the papers of Zlatko Balokovic, famous violinist and political activist; Zlatko Kerhin, promoter of Croatian American cultural activities; Ivo Lupis-Vukic, pioneer author and journalist; and Francis Preveden, author of "History of the Croatian People." It also includes the archives of 'Dramatski Zbor "Nada"' of Chicago, a Croatian American dramatic society; and over 100 Croatian American newspapers and periodicals dating from the 1890s to the present. These and other materials document the history of Croatian immigrants and their descendents over the past 100 years.
Because of the unique value of this documentation, used by researchers from around the world, its care and development require the ongoing commitment of knowledgeable staff. The Croatian American Studies Fund will provide staff support, research awards, and outreach services to the Croatian American community.
As a major national initiative, the Croatian American Studies Fund will raise public consciousness and understanding of Croatian history and culture and constitute an investment in the future of research and scholarship pertaining to Croatian Americans.
Follow the University of Minnesota Foundation link to make an online gift through the University of Minnesota Foundation's secure site. You must type in the designation "Immigration History Research Center: Croatian American Studies Fund (Fund 4601)" in order to have your gift directed to this particular fund. You may also submit a pledge through the same Web page.
Louis P. and Mary Ann Novak Scholarship for new undergraduate students