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Follow generations of immigrants as they travelled to the U.S. Excited by the possibility of wealth, eager to start a new life, or pushed away by conflict, immigrants faced a number of opportunities and obstacles upon arrival. With photographs, heirlooms, writings, and travel documents, learn how their paths to America changed over time.
Founded in 1971, the Balch Institute documented the histories and experiences of over sixty ethnic groups in the United States. In 2002, HSP merged with the Balch Institute and acquired its holdings, including manuscripts, images, and other records.
Since the early 1960s, the IHRC Archives has created a vast archive of newspapers, oral histories, and personal papers, along with the organizational records of immigrants and refugees and the agencies created to serve them. Holdings are particularly rich on the labor migrants who came to the U.S. between 1880 and 1930s, on the displaced persons who arrived in the U.S. after World War II, and on the refugees resettled in the United States after 1975.
The nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute seeks to improve immigration and integration policies through authoritative research and analysis, opportunities for learning and dialogue, and the development of new ideas to address complex policy questions.