Digital sources at the IHRC Archives

Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only, limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit. Contact or the curator of the collecting area you wish to use for assistance. We continue to provide scans of requested research materials when possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.

Selected items from the IHRCA's collections have been digitized and are available for searching or browsing in the University of Minnesota Libraries' UMedia Archive. Use this search box: 

Or, view our curated collections:

Explore our oral histories with immigrants, part of Minnesota Digital Library's "Minnesota Immigrants."

We were very pleased to contribute photographs and curation support to "Leaving Europe: A new life in America," an online exhibit by the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and Europeana.

"Foundational collection of immigration oral histories" offers rare and unique content on national racial and social justice histories, and on education and immigration. These interviews, on the formation of the intercultural education movement and the work of early social service agencies, thus discuss multiculturalism, race, and ethnicity in America. These interviews are with pioneering immigration historians and the leadership of the Common Council for American Unity (and its important publication Common Ground) and include topics such as African Americans, anti-Semitism, Communism, International Institutes, and prominent individuals such as Louis Adamic and Langston Hughes.

"Juhla! Celebrating 150 years of Finnish Immigration to Minnesota" exhibit presents eleven topics that reflect our archival collection strengths on Finnish Americans.

Digitizing Immigrant Letters Project presents digitized postal-era letters from our and other collections (private individuals, partner institutions) that were written both by immigrants (the so-called “America letters”) and to immigrants (“homeland letters”). The website encourages scholars, teachers, students and the public to interpret letters that express emotion and intimacy among loved ones separated by migration.