"Founded in 1965, the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) at the University of Minnesota is an international resource on American immigration and ethnic history. The IHRC collects, preserves, and makes available archival and published resources documenting immigration and ethnicity on a national scope. These materials are particularly rich for ethnic groups that originated in eastern, central, and southern Europe and the Near East -- those who came to this country during the great wave of migration that gained momentum in the 1880s and peaked in the first decades of this century." Located at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, the Center "is an international resource on American immigration and ethnic history." The site contains a searchable catalog of its archival and library research catalogs, information on doing family history research at the Center, and links to related sites.