The IHRC has received a $4,000 Tools for Discovery grant from the U's College of Liberal Arts for a project titled "A Heart Connects Us: Immigrant Letters and the Experience of Migration." The grant supports work on a pilot project to digitize, translate, and create access online and through an exhibition to letters written by immigrants in North America.
An online version was of this was completed in May 2010, with assistance from an undergraduate researcher funded by the grant. Additional student research supported by the CLA-OIT grant will help staff create an exhibition for spring 2011.
"Our vision is to create access to resources for a diverse group of scholars, students, and general readers who want to understand and compare migration across traditional scholarly boundaries," said Donna Gabaccia, director of the IHRC and Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History.