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Services - IHRC Archives

Retrieval of materials for reading room use You are welcome to request up to 5 books, serial volumes, newspaper packages, or microfilm reels, or 10 manuscript collection boxes, per paging. Consulting staff in advance of your visit will reduce the waiting time after you submit a request. (Some items may not be available immediately.) IHRCA materials do not circulate and must only be used in the reading room.
Copies and copying
IHRC Archives materials may be photographed by visiting researchers, if staff determine condition allows and there are no restrictions. Bring a cell phone with a camera, digital or traditional camera with you. Consult IHRCA staff during your visit regarding your request.
Alternatively, copying services are available for a fee through Digital Library Services Consult with IHRCA staff during your visit.
Researchers not able to visit us in person can arrange for copying services provided by  Digital Library Services. Consult with IHRCA staff regarding your request.
Access and searching Finding aids for IHRCA manuscript collections are available online. Additional container lists may be available upon request. Books and serials that are cataloged can be searched though MNCAT. A card catalog for uncataloged print (in foreign languages) is available onsite. For additional options, see the IHRCA search portals.
Microfilm equipment A digital microfilm reader is available for patron use, and captured images can be saved or emailed. Procedures for using this equipment are posted near the machine.
Preferred format for citation/credit

Example: "Anthony Capraro Papers, IHRC408, Box 10, Folder 4, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota."

Should the IHRC Archives prove to be a significant resource for a publication, please send a copy to the IHRCA.



For research inquiries, please try the following tools first:

If none of these can answer your question, we will be glad to advise you on your search. When submitting your email research inquiry, please indicate your name, address and/or institutional affiliation, and the purpose of your research. Be as specific as possible. IHRCA staff cannot answer broad questions or attempt to locate materials in collections for which detailed container lists are not available.

Email research inquiries are handled in the order in which they arrive, due to the large volume of incoming messages. Our goal is to respond to emailed requests within two weeks.

For research and reference inquiries or to send us a question or comment, contact the IHRCA via email at


Commercial Use of Photographs and Other Images

$50.00/first image $25.00/each additional image

High resolution scans of selected items from the IHRCA's holdings can be obtained at a cost $10/scan.

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