January 2007 Archives

"Aid groups fear mass return home of refugees"

- reads a headline from the London Times above an article reporting on refugee crisis in the Middle East. "About three million [Afghan] refugees in Pakistan, two million in Iran, and two million so called 'internal refugees' mostly living in Kabul, together constitute the world's biggest refugee population." The date is not in 2006 or 2007 but rather March 26, 1988, following the announcement of the anticipated withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. Someone working at the United States Committee for Refugees clipped this article, and now it can be found - along with many other items providing information on refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and many other parts of the world over two and a half decades from ca. 1970 to 1995 - in one of the major archival collections held at the Immigration History Research Center - the Records of the United States Committee for Refugees (recently renamed United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants). A new, preliminary folder inventory for the collection has been made available for the first time on-line.

Images of several items selected from this collection are available for viewing at the IHRC web site by clicking here.

Law and Order: The Career and Legacy of Minneapolis Mayor Charles Stenvig

A museum exhibit in the first floor gallery of Andersen Library, cosponsored by the Friends of the IHRC, free and open to the public. The exhibit will be available from March 8 to May 7, 2007. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The gallery is also open Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Directions and parking for Andersen Library.

Karni Scholarship Awardee Announced

The IHRC is pleased to announce Paul Anthony Lubotina as the recipient of the 2006-2007 Michael G. Karni Scholarship. Dr. Lubotina is an instructor in American History at Northern Michigan University. The title of his project is ‚ÄúPolitical Activities of Finnish Immigrants during the Great Depression.‚Ä? The IHRC will host an informal noon presentation by Dr. Lubotina in May 2007.