March 2010 Archives

Appointments with IHRC Staff Will Reduce Patron Wait Times

The IHRC has limited archival staffing beginning March 27. Researchers should send an e-mail to to request appointments with archival staff. Walk-in researchers may consult the IHRC's on-site public access terminal, but those arriving without appointments will experience delays in collection access.

A Workshop for Interpreters & Interpreter Managers

Session I - Introduction to Interpreter Ethics & Protocols is conducted in English covering the interpreter role, ethics and protocol for the profession of interpreting.

Session II - Language-Specific Skills Training provides participants the opportunity to improve interpreting skills through role playing, error analysis and skill-building exercises.

Processing Estonian language materials

The IHRC is continuing its successful collaborative efforts with the Estonian Archives in the U.S.A. based in Lakewood, New Jersey, and with the National Archives of Estonia in Tallin. In March 2009, Gristel Ramler and Birgit Nurme of the National Archives of Estonia added descriptive information for 101 archival collections that the IHRC had received from Lakewood. With support from all three institutions, the project resulted in significantly improved access to these collections of personal papers. The finding aids are available on-line.

IHRC Names Juha Meriläinen as Karni Scholarship Winner

The IHRC is pleased to announce Juha Meriläinen as the recipient of the 2010 Michael G. Karni Scholarship. Rev. Dr. Juha Meriläinen is a University Lecturer in the Department of Church History, University of Helsinki.

March 29th at 3:30 p.m.: A round table discussion with panelists: Katherine Fennelly (Humphrey Institute), Helga Leitner (Dept of Geography), Donna Gabaccia (Department of History) and discussants: Mark Hoffman and Laura Thaut (Dept. of Political Science). Light refreshments and coffee. FFI: Details and campus location

Research in Progress: Ulla Aatsinki

Ulla Aatsinki, Fulbright Scholar at Michigan Technical University during 2009-2010, gave a Research in Progress Talk on "Finnish Roots, American Wings? Efforts to Socialize Finnish-American Children by American Schools."

Virtual Guestbook: Scholars Enjoy Spring in Minneapolis

The IHRC welcomes Jan Rath, director of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies at the University of Amsterdam, for a cluster of lectures and special meetings March 22-23. We also bid farewell to Juri Estam, a visiting scholar who presented a talk at the Center on March 17.

Helpful Guides: FAQs about Archives & Other Quick Answers

Have you been wondering what the difference is between archives and a library? How to preserve family history? Or whether the records of your organization might be archival -- and should be preserved? Several online guides can help you answer these questions.

Grants Available from MPC, CARLA & NEH

Grants are available from several sources for researchers and educators who are working in areas of demographic analysis, less commonly taught languages, and cultural history. The IHRC encourages scholars to consider using IHRC collections for work in these areas.