SAA Cites "Digitizing Immigrant Letters" for National Award

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) has selected IHRC's Digitizing Immigrant Letters project team as recipient of the prestigious Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award.

The award letter recently received by Donna R. Gabaccia, IHRC director and Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, commends the IHRC for "outstanding efforts in promoting the knowledge and use of documentation of the immigrant experience through the Digitizing Immigrant Letters Project."

The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award recognizes an institution, project team or archivist for exceptional achievement in making archival documents available to the public for education, teaching or other activities.

"The award committee expresses its high regard for the team's efforts to promote access to immigrant letters through an inviting and useful web site," wrote Lisa Conathan, chair of the award subcommittee.

"We particularly recognize the stellar presentation of transcriptions and translations of letters in several languages, which makes the multilingual material accessible both in the original language and in English. The web access, together with the project's sponsorship of scholars, public talks and exhibits, increase public awareness of American immigrant history for scholars, family historians, and the general public."

For information about the IHRC's integration of public events, scholarly collaborations and ongoing development of the project, visit the Digitizing Immigrant Letters Project (2008-present) information page.

The University of Minnesota Libraries' Media Archive (U Media Archive) hosts the historical materials available through the project, and letters can be searched through Libraries' portal as well as seen in the online exhibition accessed through links on the IHRC homepage.

A member of IHRC staff will attend the Society of American Archivists annual meeting in San Diego this August to receive the award on behalf of the project team.