Again, an effort to fill many archival silences related to traditionally under-documented communities can clearly be see beginning in the 1960s, no doubt in response to social and historical trends. Archives reflect their current environments, no doubt.
We began in 1963 as the “Immigrant Archives,” a unit within the University of Minnesota Libraries. The vision of our founders was to fill an obvious gap in the historical and archival record regarding many immigrant groups who were not well documented elsewhere
And now the Immigration History Research Center & Archives at the University of Minnesota is celebrating its 50th anniversary.