The Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA, or IHRC Archives) is a renowned archives and library for the study of immigration, ethnicity, and race. We select sources documenting a broad range of immigrant and refugee experiences, and strive to connect history to today’s experiences. IHRCA invites you to explore the Digitizing Immigrant Letters Project.
Digitizing Immigrant Letters
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.
On this portal website you can explore the archive by basic keyword searching the information about the letters (metadata) as well as their translations and transcriptions. You can also browse the letters arranged in sets by the archival collection from which they were selected, and by date or language.
For more advanced searching options of all transcriptions and translations, please go to the main repository in U Media Archive. (In "Expert search," limit your searching to the "Digitizing Immigrant Letters Project" under the IHRC Archives option).
Explore the Map
Click on any of the color dots below to reveal information and links to letter collections.