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Immigration History Research Center

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Project Partners & Collaborators

Thank you to project partners--both past and present. With your help we are able to enhance the ways in which IHRC programs and collections are available to you.

Organized in 1977, Friends of IHRC is a nonprofit national support group of individuals and organizations. It is a bridge between the Center and ethnic communities, encouraging donations of historical materials and funds and sponsoring educational and entertaining meetings. Two recent successful efforts by the Friends include lobbying the Minnesota state legislature to support funding to build the new Elmer L. Andersen library, and planning and hosting a fund raising gala to benefit the IHRC endowment campaign.


IHRC is pleased to be a partner with the University Libraries in the IMAGES (Image Metadata AGgregator for Enhanced Searching) project. This campus-wide project promotes consistent and reliable digital image discovery, and it houses our COLLAGE database., Order Sons of Italy in America, and the IHRC began work in 2011 to digitize membership lists and genealogy oriented materials in the OSIA collection at the University of Minnesota.


The IHRC is working with the National Library of Latvia in 2012 to ensure access to rare Latvian diaspora print materials.


The National Archives of Estonia is processing the Estonian American collection held by the University of Minnesota in a 2009-2012 partnership with the Estonian Archives of the U.S., Inc. (Lakewood NJ).


A Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant in 2010 supported the IHRC project "Minnesota's Immigrant Life Writings" to create an online database describing manuscript holdings of oral histories, immigrant letters, memoirs and diaries held in Minnesota repositories and written in English and a variety of immigrant languages. See MN Survey.


The Academic Technologies division of the Office of Technology in the College of Liberal Arts provided funding in 2010 for the Director's project "A Heart Connects Us: Immigrant Letters and the Experience of Migration." Files chosen for this pilot to digitize, translate, and create access online to immigrant letters in the IHRC archives may be viewed at Digitizing Immigrant Letters.

Support from the NEH matched our many donor gifts to the IHRC endowment campaign. Individual contributions are recognized in IHRC annual reports.


Recent grants from the Minnesota Humanities Commision enabled IHRC to move forward or enhance such specific projects as


A major gift from the National Italian American Foundation enabled IHRC to process their historical records being donated to the IHRC.


The National Park Service awarded $250,000 to the IHRC through the heritage preservation program "Save America's Treasures." This federal matching award supported "Documentation of the Immigrant Experience," an IHRC initiative aimed at providing educational resources for ethnic community organizations, school classrooms, and the general public.


For a decade the Shevchenko Scientific Society collaborated with the IHRC to microfilm Ukrainian American newspapers. The project wrapped up with an updated Guide to Ukrainian American Newspapers in Microform.


OSIA logoA major gift from the Sons of Italy Foundation enabled IHRC to process and update a large number of their records archived at IHRC. An updated Guide to the Records of the Order Sons of Italy in America was published at the conclusion of the project in summer 2003.