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IHRC News Online February 2005

This is the Immigration History Research Center's monthly newsletter. If you would like to be notified by email when each issue has been published, please contact the IHRC to sign up.

This issue contains:

Feature Story
Researchers and Visitors
Friends of IHRC
Collection Development
Endowment Campaign
About the IHRC
Announcements, Events

Note: Originally Headline News, IHRC News Online is the IHRC's primary communications vehicle. The News Online is posted once a month, generally at mid-month. Please send any comments or news relating to the IHRC to Editor Judy Rosenblatt.

Events and announcements between issues of this newsletter and items of general interest are publicized in the "Community Events & Announcements" section of the Friends of IHRC page. Changes are made frequently, so check it often. Both Twin Cities area and national items are listed. You may submit news of ethnic events or information to the editor for posting.Some current listings:

Twin Cities Italian Language Immersion Program, Spring 2005

Help celebrate 100 years of Norwegian independence from Sweden

Feature Story / Collection Development

Photographs of Finnish radical organizations and leaders added to COLLAGE database

The complete photograph collections of the Työmies Society and the Finnish Workers' Federation records have been added to the IHRC's COLLAGE , an online searchable database of digitized items from the IHRC's photograph, print, and manuscript collections. This addition bring the total number of images in COLLAGE to over 2,700.

Participants in the Indochinese Resettlement Program Työmies staff, Superior, WI, late 1920s ,
Työmies Society records

The Työmies Society, founded in 1903, was a radical Finnish American organization that published the newspaper Työmies (The Worker), plays, and other materials. The photograph collection, consisting of over 600 images and ranging from 1900 to 1989, depicts Finnish American political and social groups, the publishing industry, women's organizations, drama societies, performing arts, youth gymnastics, leftist schools, home and work life, and subject files for the Työmies newspaper. See more about the photographs and find links to some of them at photograph collection.

The Finnish Workers' Federation was the political, cultural, and educational organization of the Finnish American Communists. The photograph collection consists of more than 50 images relating to FWF meetings, members, events, and sponsored youth and sporting activities.

In addition, a selection of photographs from the personal papers of Carl Paivio (1893-1952), a prominent leftist political organizer, lecturer, and instructor, are also included in COLLAGE. The photographs depict Paivio with his friends, family, and on his travels abroad.

The Työmies Society, Finnish Workers' Federation, and the Carl Paivio photograph collections comprise the "Finnish American Workers and Their Organizations: Inventory of Three Photograph Collections," processed with funding from the Wirtanen Family Fund and the United Fund for Finnish American Archives .

For more information about these photographs or COLLAGE, contact Erik Moore, COLLAGE Coordinator, (612) 624-8353,

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Announcements & Events

Conference May 12-14, 2005, "Immigration History and the University of Minnesota: Where We've Been, Where We're Going" to honor service of IHRC Director Rudolph J. Vecoli

A conference on the history of immigration studies at the U of MN and celebrating the career of Rudolph Vecoli, IHRC director and professor of history (who retires this July), will be cosponsored by the Dept. of History and the IHRC at Andersen Library on May 12-14, 2005. The conference is free of charge and open to the public.

"Immigration History and the University of Minnesota: Where We've Been, Where We're Going " will look at the past, present, and future of immigration scholarship. Each conference session will be structured to include attention to earlier migration communities of the period up through the mid-20th century and the "new" migration of the late-20th century through the present. Both graduate students and established scholars will participate.

The opening keynote session on Thursday evening, May 12, will feature Jon Gjerde, professor of history at UC-Berkeley, who received his PhD in history at the U of MN in 1982. He worked as a research associate at the IHRC 1982-1983. He is a leading scholar of the immigrant experience in rural areas, particularly in the Midwest (and Minnesota specifically). His research and publications have also focused on Norwegian and German immigrants, transnationalism, religion, and demography. His recent publications are the Minnesota Historical Society Press's volume Norwegians in Minnesota, written with Carlton C. Qualey (update to their chapter on Norwegian immigrants in They Chose Minnesota), and Major Problems in American History, two volumes, written with Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.), both published in 2002

Films on immigration-related topics will be shown each day. A banquet/retirement dinner will cap the conference Saturday evening; see VecolicardWeb.pdf. For more information, contact conference assistant Andrea Burns at A Web page with detailed information and a registration form is under construction. Watch for a link to it In the next issue of the News.

Tentative session titles:
Friday, May 13, 2005

1: “Against the Melting Pot,” Immigration History and Historiography
2: Gender and Family in Immigrant Communities

Transnational Identities and Communities (This session will be divided into two panels: "Immigration Law and Public Policy" and "Transnational Identities").

Saturday, May 14, 2005
Roundtable 1: Immigrant Community Organizing
Roundtable 2: Language, Literature, and Bilingualism
Workshop: Documenting the Immigrant Experience

International Women's Day Celebration to be March 12 at Coffman Memorial Union, U of MN East Bank

A free and open day of panels and workshops on a variety of human rights issues, along with music, drama, and information about organizations, is planned for the Tenth Annual International Women's Day Celebration, to be held Saturday, March 12, sponsored by the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, with support of the U's Human Rights Program. The IHRC is a cosponsor and will have an information table at the event. More than 50 local organizations will take part in some way. The workshops and performances are selected to draw attention to the 12 areas of concern articulated in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action following the UN Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995.. Some presentations deal with immigrant and refugee rights. The day's events (8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.), including a free lunch, have attracted hundreds of attendees in the past.

The celebration will be held at Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis. For directions and parking, see and click "Directions and Parking." For more information about IWD, see the MN Advocates website, or call their office, at 612-341-3302, extension 107.

First Fridays at Andersen Library series
Explore special collection resources at library talks

At "First Fridays" events, curators and archivists provide an insider's look at U of MN special collections. The free and open sessions are held noon to 1 p.m., Rm. 120 Andersen Library, 222-21st Ave. S, West Bank Campus. Light refreshments are served; lunches are welcome. The presenters remain after each presentation for conversation and questions. The series is made possible by a gift from the late Gov. and Mrs. Elmer L. Andersen in honor of Dr. Edward B. Stanford, a former University Librarian. For more information, contact Dave Klaassen at or 612-624-4377.

Remaining sessions for this academic year:

March 4: Documents of Truth, Documents of Shame
Explore how records in Archives and Special Collections at the U of MN document the “shameful truths” of war propaganda, McCarthy Era deportations, and eugenic sterilization. IHRC Curator Joel Wurl is one of the presenters at this session, talking about IHRC materials that relate to the deportation of immigrant radicals during the McCarthy era.

April 1: April Fools: Hoaxes, Frauds and Tricksters

May 6: Beyond the Stereotype: Documenting Mothers and Motherhood

IHRC publications catalog updated

The IHRC's publications catalog is being updated. If you haven't checked it recently, take a look. A printed version of the catalog is also available from the IHRC office.

Revised, enlarged guide to OSIA records and papers available
The IHRC's revised and enlarged guide to the lodges, leaders, and activities of the Order Sons of Italy in America is available from the Center. See complete information for ordering in Announcements. Click on "Non-Events."

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IHRC Endowment Campaign: "Stories Worth Remembering"

Karni Scholarship. Thomas Mackaman, PhD student at U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and one of the two students who received the IHRC's first Michael G. Karni Scholarships to assist with research expenses, receives his check from IHRC Dir. Rudolph Vecoli. Tom did research during a two-week visit in January. He spoke about his dissertation, which compares worker consciousness and radical activity of several different immigrant groups, 1914-1924, at an IHRC Research in Progress colloquium on January 27.

For more information about the Karni Scholarship, click on the link below. For information on books being sold to benefit the scholarship fund, see the catalog.

Contribution honors Vecoli

Having read about Director Vecoli's impending retirement from the U of MN in the IHRC newsletter, donor Gloria Pilling was moved to send a contribution to the Italian American Studies Fund in his honor. She added in a note, "I'm the daughter of Germoglino Saggio [pen name for Michelangelo Crisafi]. You were so attentive to my father's contribution to the center and I've always been grateful for that." Crisafi, an immigrant from Sicily, was a prolific poet and author. His papers at the IHRC include his writings and correspondence with many Italian American literary figures. Late in his life (1893-1972), Crisafi assisted in the collection of Italian and Italian American publications for the IHRC.

First fellowship fund awards to be made soon. Of the seven fellowship funds that have been initiated within the IHRC endowment, two have enough money to offer their first awards soon. The "Must" Graduate Fellowship in Estonian American Studies is fully endowed ($150,000), and the American Latvian Association Graduate Fellowship in Latvian American Studies is expected to be completely funded this spring. A committee is finishing work on the application criteria. Students who may be interested in these awards, watch for announcements soon.

Additional contributions to any of the other fellowship funds, listed below (as well as to funds for general priorities or particular ethnic group studies), would be very welcome..

Matching funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities are available for contributions to the IHRC's endowment campaign through July 2006. Get more information about the different funds at the endowment page. Thank you to those who sent year-end or new-year contributions. The IHRC greatly appreciates your support.

If you or your organization would like to endow a named fund, fellowship, scholarship, or internship, please contact the IHRC for information. If you would like a speaker and/or the IHRC's videotape about its mission for a group meeting, contact the office. Email: Phone: 612-625-4800.


Fellowship in Finnish American Studies (new; initiated but funds are not up to the threshold for establishment yet)

American Latvian Association Graduate Fellowship in Latvian American Studies

Francis Maria Graduate Fellowship in Arab American Studies

"Hildegard and Gustav Must" Graduate Fellowship in Estonian American Studies

Louis P. Novak Fellowship in Croatian American Studies (new)

Maurice A. Roberts Fellowship Fund for the History of Immigration Law & Policy (initiated, but funds not up to the threshold for establishment yet)

UNICO National Graduate Fellowship in Italian American Studies


Michael G. Karni Scholarship for grant-in-aid of research at the IHRC

Make a contribution

If you appreciate the IHRC's work, make a contribution to the Annual Appeal (to help fund general day-to-day expenses) and/or to the endowment (for investment in the long-term future of the Center). Have you considered adding a bequest to the IHRC in your will? Your help is urgently needed and greatly appreciated.

Make a pledge or one-time contribution for the endowment (you have until July 2006 to complete payment of a pledge). Follow the directions in ways you can help the campaign. Thank you for supporting the documentation, preservation, and promotion of the history of our nation's immigrant experience.

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Researchers and Visitors

Appreciation of IHRC. Retired history professor Fiorello Ventresco (U of Southern Maine) sent Director Vecoli a copy of an article Ventresco wrote for The Senior College magazine, in which he used the results of his research and an illustration from the IHRC's archives. He noted that "without the IHRC collection I would have been hard-pressed to do the research that I did, and continue to do, and I think that countless others would say the same."

Frequent researcher Matjaz Klemencic, professor of history at the U of Maribor, Slovenia, visited the IHRC on January 27. He presented to Director Rudolph Vecoli an inscribed copy of his latest book (with Mitja Zagar), The Former Yugoslavia's Diverse Peoples; A Reference Sourcebook (ABC-CLIO, 2004). Klemencic acknowledges linguistic editing of the book by IHRC editor Judith Rosenblatt.

The inscription reads, "To Prof. Rudolph Vecoli, who inspired my work in ethnic studies." The book is part of the publisher's series "Ethnic Diversity within Nations."

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Student visitors. On Wednesday evening, February 9, U of MN History Professor and Department Chair M. J. Maynes brought a "Senior Paper" history class to Andersen Library, where they met with Curator Joel Wurl. He spoke to them about how the IHRC archives can be a resource for their topics (dealing with women/gender/family/sexuality). He also provided general information about how archives work and how you begin to locate primary sources for historical projects.

More student visitors. Saturday morning, February 19, Jacqui deVries, associate professor of history and department chair, Augsburg College, will bring a class, all adults in the Weekend College program, who are enrolled in the course "HIS 280: The History Workshop." They are learning the historian's craft, including "Locating Historical Sources"; their visit to the Elmer Anderson Library is their first encounter with an archive. Curator Joel Wurl will provide an overview of the library and then specifically the IHRC's collections, including a tour of the archival materials in the underground storage cavern.

Ege U, Izmir,Turkey, 10th International Cultural Studies Symposium, May 4-6, 2005
When “Away” Becomes “Home”: Cultural Consequences of Migration

The Ege University International Cultural Studies Symposium will hold its 10th annual conference at Ege University , Faculty of Letters, Izmir, Turkey, May 4-6, 2005. IHRC Dir. Rudolph Vecoli will be one of the keynote speakers. This year's topic aims to explore a wide range of experiences associated with migration, immigration, movement, and mixing of cultures/peoples. There will be separate sessions in both English and Turkish. For complete information, see the symposium website:

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Friends of the IHRC

Link here to the Friends section of the website for more information about the organization, including how to join this nonprofit support group for the IHRC (or use the drop-down navigation box at the top of this newsletter).

2004 Annual Meeting Report. See the Friends Web page.

Book sale to benefit Karni Scholarship Fund

Quantities are limited! View the catalog/order form to print out

To find out more about or to contribute to the Karni Scholarship Fund, see this page (PDF).

State History Day

Refer to Friends page or the July 2004 issue of the News for winners of the Friends 2004 junior and senior awards.

The theme for 2005 National History Day is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.

Minnesota's History Day will take place in Coffman Union (East Bank Campus) on Sunday, May 1, 2005. The Friends will award prizes to the outstanding junior and senior high school projects relating to immigration history. Students who have History Day projects relating to immigration history are invited to contact the Center and to visit the IHRC to use its resources.

Friends sell discounted Historical Atlas of Central Europe - Info in Announcements.

Announcements of ethnic events. Click on "Friends" in the navigation box at the top of the page and then click on "Community Events & Announcements." This list is changed frequently, so check it often.

Board Meeting: The Board of Directors meets next on Saturday, March 19, 2005, in Room 308 Andersen Library. Friends members are welcome to attend board meetings. email Pres. Don Pafko,, for more information or phone 952-831-1440.

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About the IHRC

Find out more about the IHRC from the About section. Click on "Visiting the IHRC" and then "virtual tour," an excellent, detailed introduction to the building, the IHRC offices and collections, and how to conduct research at the Center.

The IHRC welcomes volunteers to help with both curatorial and administrative tasks. Find the opportunities at the Volunteer page.

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