Immigration and Refugee Services of America, 1918-1985: From the Collection of the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota
- Published by Primary Source Microfilm
The collection of the Immigration and Refugee Services of America and its predecessor organizations contain rich textual documentation of the work of the agency and the people it served. The collection contains extensive correspondence with related service agencies, state and federal government officials, international offices nationwide, writers, leading public spokespersons, and many more.
Immigration and Refugee Services of America, 1918-1985, covers an extraordinary number of areas of study for scholars of American history, political science, immigration studies and communications history. These include information on:
Government Policies and Legislature
registration of aliens; eligibility for obtaining US citizenship, naturalization and denial of naturalization; deportation; illegal alien employment laws; the admission of refugee children; evolution of INS policies; legislative activity in relation to immigrants and refugees.
Immigrant Community Studies
community life; life in the United States as described by immigrants; voters registration issues; ethnic and racial relations between immigrant communities and nonimmigrant communities.
Immigrant and Refugee Rights
deportations, the Cable Act of 1922, prejudice and discrimination, employment issues, the status of children of immigrants and refugees, and military service for immigrants and refugees
administrative files; papers of prominent leaders and members of the organization; records of the board of directors and various committees; correspondence, memoranda, by-laws, annual reports, and other official documentation.
354 reels in four parts:
Foreign Language Information Service (FLIS): 30 reels
The Common Council for American Unity (CCAU): 128 reels
American Federation of International Institutes (AFII): 49 reels
American Council for Nationalities Services (ACNS: 147 reels
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