Until further notice, the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only and appointments are limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit to enable us to page and quarantine collection materials before use.

Please contact for assistance or, if known, the curator of the collecting area you wish to use. We will continue to provide scans of requested research materials whenever possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.


Our library is rich and varied; explore it through the University of Minnesota Libraries' catalog MNCAT.

To search the library catalog for only IHRCA print materials, enter your search here:

This library portion of our collection is particularly strong in immigration history; print produced by immigrant communities including anniversary publications, ephemera and pamphlets, fiction; and more. We continue to develop our library of unique and rare titles, building upon fifty years of expert collecting.