University of Minnesota
Immigration History Research Center

Immigration History Research Center's home page.

Developing archives on immigrant and refugee experiences, especially in the United States

The IHRC Archives, a unit of the Archives and Special Collections department within the University of Minnesota Libraries, has since the early 1960s gathered vast holdings of archival and published sources (personal papers, along with the organizational records of immigrants and refugees and the agencies created to serve them, oral histories, newspapers, serials and books). The collections are particularly rich on the labor migrants who came to the U.S. between 1880 and the 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 IHRC Archives works closely with the IHRC to document a broad range of immigrant and refugee experiences, and to make the preserved documentation accessible to researchers.