Digitizing Immigrant Letters

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 ascref@umn.edu 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.

The Digitizing Immigrant Letters project aims to make available on-line letters from the IHRC Archives and other collections (private individuals, partner institutions) that were written between 1850 and 1970 both by immigrants (the so-called “America letters”) and to immigrants (“homeland letters”). Global and multilingual in scope, the project encourages scholars, teachers, students and the public to interpret letters that express emotion and intimacy among loved ones separated by migration.