Founded in 1965, the IHRC and IHRCA (IHRC/A) promote interdisciplinary research on migration, race, and ethnicity in the U.S. and the world, develop archives on immigrant and refugee experiences, especially in the United States, and support public programming and community engagement.
The IHRC works with a large group of faculty and students, international researchers, and local communities to understand migration, race, and ethnicity in the United States and around the world. It initiates interdisciplinary research projects and offers research seminars, workshops, lectures, exhibits, and conferences that are free and open to the general public. It links U.S. immigration history to contemporary issues and communities through events, community partnerships, instruction, and teaching resources.
Since the early 1960s, the IHRC Archives has created a vast archive of newspapers, oral histories, and personal papers, along with the organizational records of immigrants and refugees and the agencies created to serve them. Holdings are particularly rich on the labor migrants who came to the U.S. between 1880 and 1930s, on the displaced persons who arrived in the U.S. after World War II, and on the refugees resettled in the United States after 1975. The archives offer materials of interest to scholars of gender, ethnicity, labor, industry and technology. Researchers from Minnesota and around the world use the collections of the IHRC Archives each year and hundreds more seek reference assistance.
"Stories Worth Telling, Stories Worth Remembering" is a 19-minute video in QuickTime movie format (72 MB). Describes IHRC's mission, collections and services--and the Center's relationship to the ethnic communities whose heritages it helps to preserve.