Founded in 1965, the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) aims to transform the way in which we understand immigration in the past and present. Along with its partner, the IHRC Archives (University Libraries), it is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary research center and archives devoted to preserving and understanding immigrant and refugee life in North America.
We promote interdisciplinary research on migration, race, and ethnicity in the United States and the world through monthly seminars and research grants. We connect US immigration history research to contemporary immigrant and refugee communities through our Immigrant Stories project. We advance public dialogue about immigration with timely programs that draw audiences from around the corner and around the world. We support teaching and learning at all levels, and develop archives documenting immigrant and refugee experiences for future generations.
For more history of the IHRC and its role in creating the "Minnesota School of Immigration History," see this article written by former IHRC Director Donna Gabaccia.
As part of the directives from University of Minnesota president Joan Gabel, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the governor's office, the IHRC is now running a virtual office environment.
All library buildings are currently closed, including Elmer L. Andersen Library, home to the IHRC. Faculty, staff, and instructors are required to work remotely unless their job physically requires them to be on campus.
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