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News Release Jun. 12, 2002

UPDATED: January 10, 2003

Joel Wurl, Immigration History Research Center, (612) 625-4800, wrlx001@mn.ed
Erik Moore, Immigration History Research Center, (612) 624-8353, moor0179@mn.ed

A 'COLLAGE'; of Digitized Primary Sources Documenting Immigration Accessible Online

Students, educators, scholars, and ethnic community members have a new research tool available to learn more abbot American immigration from digitized primary sources. The Immigration History Research Center (IHRC), located on the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, camps, has an online searchable database of digitized items from its photograph, print, and manuscript collections on the IHRC website COLLAGE.

COLLAGE (Collections Online: A DigitaL Library of American ImmiGration and Ethnic History), blanched in June 2002, includes photographs and other archival materials selected from over twenty different ethnic collections, with descriptive information for each image. This digital documentation creates an opportunity to access these unique materials on the Web. Online items include images of homes, sports clubs, and community life in relation to the immigrant experience.

COLLAGE is also a gateway to Featured Archival Sources, introduced in October 2002 as an initiative to select individual documents from the collections and provide historical and cultural context and Online Exhibits, a virtual gallery on ethnic histories. A variety of Web Resources are also part of COLLAGE, designed to sport curriculum development and research for immigration subjects. Since going online, users are accessing COLLAGE via the IHRC home page, the University of Minnesota's university Libraries Digital Collection home page, and through NESCO's Archives Portal under Primary Sources Online. This project stimulates research through building a digital collection, developing online tools to aid in its se, and providing broad access to it. COLLAGE facilitates undergraduate research in immigration studies, provides public access to primary sources for K-12 education and for ethnic community organizations, and encourages the contained documentation and preservation of the immigrant experience.

Support for COLLAGE comes from two grants. The first, from the university of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts Infotech Fees Committee, enabled the Center to begin the project. The second, a recent $250,000 award from the National Park Service's heritage preservation program "Save America's Treasres," will allow the project to expand over the next several years. This provides that as more materials are selected, from the IHRC's archives and other collections, and ser interests are defined, the number of images available online will increase. The Digital Collection nit of the university of Minnesota Libraries is digitizing the images and providing the online sport. The IHRC's COLLAGE is a partner in the camps-wide IMAGES initiative to produce high quality, standardized digital images and to promote their discovery.

Founded in 1965, the IHRC is an international resource on American immigration and ethnic history. The IHRC collects, preserves, and makes available archival and published resources documenting immigration and ethnicity. The Center also produces a wide array of programs and publications aimed at fostering greater understanding of the immigrant experience.