We encourage people who have or know of potentially relevant material to contact us in order that arrangements might be made to ensure the proper preservation of valuable historical documentation. It is important that recommendations or offers of material be discussed in advance with our curatorial staff. Please call, write, or e-mail IHRC Archivist.
The IHRC Archives is commited to helping to preserve historical materials that document immigration and ethnic life in America. All of our IHRC holdings can be searched on our Research Collections page. Among the materials we collect are:
The IHRC does not procur historical artifacts such as craft objects, clothing, tools, and utensils. Those materials properly belong in a museum environment where they can be cared for and exhibited.
It is very important that you contact the curatorial staff to discuss future donation of materials. We will advise you on how to preserve materials at your location. Please call, write, or e-mail IHRC Archivist.
There is no need to make a special effort to arrange or rearrange the materials, as the arrangement may have historical significance. As much as possible, try to maintain the original order of the documents, including placement of photographs.
Many valuable materials are in languages other than English. We rely on multilingual staff members or friends from the various ethnic communities to help us with non-English materials.
Whenever possible, place in unsealed plastic bags (similar in size to fragile items) or in unsealed manila envelopes, keeping them in order as you are placing the materials in boxes.
The following suggestions are optional, but helpful to archival staff in processing materials: