Research services

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


Use of materials in the reading room

You are welcome to request up to 5 books, serial volumes, newspaper packages, or microfilm reels, or 10 manuscript collection boxes, per paging. Consult staff in advance of your visit; this will reduce your waiting time. Note: some items may not be available the same day.

IHRCA materials do not circulate; you may consult them in the reading room only.

Copies and copying

IHRC Archives materials may be photographed, if staff determine that physical condition allows it, and there are no restrictions. Bring a digital (cell phones and tablets allowed) or traditional camera with you. Consult IHRCA staff during your visit regarding your request to copy. Alternatively, copying services are available for a fee through Digital Library Services; consult with IHRCA staff during your visit.

Use of materials from a distance

Researchers not able to visit us in person can arrange for copying services provided by  Digital Library ServicesContact us 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 (bring a flash drive) or emailed. Procedures for using this equipment are posted near the machine and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Preferred format for citation/credit

Example: "Anthony Capraro Papers, IHRC408, Box 10, Folder 4, Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota."

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