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Immigrant in America

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Immigrant in America


The Immigrant in America microfilm collection is an assembly of rare books, pamphlets and documents from several major archives including the New York Public Library, Balch Institute in Philadelphia, and the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota. Literature in immigration and ethnicity for the entire collection has been compiled since 1983, and includes over 4,000 titles arranged by ethnic group.

This collection includes the following: general account and background material on immigration, immigrant materials written by and for Jewish groups, the Norwegians, Danes, Finns, Irish, Scotch Irish, Scots, English, Welch, Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians, Ukrainians, Poles, Slovenes, Romanians, Lithuanians, Russians, Carpatho-Rusyns, Austrians, Germans, French, Italians, Swedes, Albanians, Belgians, Latvians, Croatians, Basques, Bulgarians, Icelanders, Swiss, Serbs, Dutch, and Greeks. Handbills, phrasebooks, and vivid descriptions of America brought over by the immigrants are part of the series; and many items are in the languages of the immigrants themselves. Also included are political pamphlets, songs, and family histories printed in America by and for the immigrants.

The collection is published on 35mm microfilm, employs a silver halide emulsion, and meets all industry standards for archival permanence.