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The Rudolph J. Vecoli Endowed Chair in Immigration History Research

The University of Minnesota's Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) has provided international leadership in documenting, preserving and promoting United States immigration history.  The center's preeminence has relied on the hard work and personal contributions of thousands of Minnesotans who have shared their individual and family stories and memorabilia.  As a result, countless researchers from around the world have studied in the archives and shared their scholarly findings.

No one person has contributed more than Professor Rudolph J. Vecoli, longtime director, scholar extraordinaire, caretaker, listener, and activist.  The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce that as a part of the University's Campaign Minnesota, we seek to endow the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History Research.

Photo above by Tom Foley

Dedicated to the advancement of teaching, research, and learning, this endowed chair will serve to underscore this University's long-standing commitment to immigration history research. Just as Professor Vecoli's leadership of the IHRC has enabled the IHRC to rise to international prominence, this chair will underscore the IHRC's critically important role in immigration scholarship.

The purpose of the endowment fund is to assist the IHRC and the College of Liberal Arts in recruiting, supporting, and retaining an outstanding faculty to serve in the role of director of the center.  The endowment fund will provide a margin of excellence above and beyond core faculty funding from other sources and ensure the IHRC's leadership continues long into the future.

This prestigious chair will be awarded by the dean of the College of Liberal Arts to an outstanding member of the college's faculty or to a candidate from another institution, and will be held by that faculty member during his/her tenure as director of the IHRC.

Resources from the chair endowment may be used to

  • Facilitate the chair holder's program of research.
  • Advance and promote the scholarship of the IHRC.
  • Help prepare those courses taught by the chair holder as well as secure materials and guest speakers who will enhance the courses offered by the chair holder.
  • Provide programmatic support (including research assistants and publications) to the IHRC.
  • Seed strategic IHRC initiatives.

The minimum private funding for this initiative is $1,000,000.  The funding requested will be used for the above programs of the IHRC and will support a perpetual endowment managed by the University of Minnesota Foundation. 

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