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HS495 U.S. Immigration History

Gabe Logan

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Library Catalog
Indicates the books, periodicals, government documents, and audiovisual materials the library owns.  To find the location of materials listed in the library catalog, see the Library Map . Also, for help with call numbers including an outline of call numbers by subject see the Guide to Library of Congress Call Numbers .

ACLS Humanities E-Book - A collection of high-quality full-text books in all areas of history. Over 1,700 titles and growing annually. 1900 to present.


Database/electronic journal articles

MyHeritage Library Edition Online - Digital, searchable images from the 1790 - 1930 U.S. federal censuses, along with more than 20,000 book titles, including nearly 8,000 family histories and over 12,000 local histories. Additionally, there are more than 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records, and more. Brought to you by the State of Michigan via the Michigan Electronic Library ( http://mel.org )

JSTOR   — the complete, searchable, full text articles from over 1,000 core scholarly journals. Coverage: 1878 to "moving wall" of 1-5 years before the most recently published issue.

Readers Guide Retrospective - Provides historical articles from over 375 of the leading U.S. magazines across all subjects. Coverage 1890 to 1982.

Google Scholar
Contains peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. A couple of drawbacks include limited searching capabilities (full text or title), and no consistent links directly to the article.


Primary Sources print and on-line from NMU Archives:

NMU Archives Homepage

Local Government Records including Naturalization Records , 1852-1971 This collection includes certificates of naturalization that provide detailed demographic and personal information on individuals who naturalized in the central Upper Peninsula.

Red Dust Oral History Collection An excellent collection of oral history interviews, including stories of immigrants to Marquette County.

Italian/American Oral History Collection A collection of 150 oral history interviews of first and second generation Italian immigrants and their families.

Recorded in Stone: Voices on the Marquette Iron Range An Internet exhibit that includes audio recordings of oral histories and summary narrative histories from various ethnic groups of the central Upper Peninsula. 

1910 Census compilation: A compilation of census data organized by ethnic groups.  The data includes information on occupation, education, and literacy.

Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Mining Company Records, 1846-1960 The Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Mining Company records include the Superintendant’s Annual Reports.  These reports offer information on labor and ethnic groups, including working conditions and corporate welfare benefits.

Regional Newspapers on microfilm A comprehensive collection of surviving newspapers from around the Upper Peninsula.

Ishpeming Police records: The Ishpeming Police records for the late nineteenth century provide an interesting glimpse into the ethnic character of Ishpeming society and the nature of crime. 




Web sources

Immigration Statistics From the Department of Homeland Security. The Yearbook of Immigration Statistics is online back to 2004, population estimates of legal and illegal immigrants ("Unauthorized Immigrants"), permanent legal residents, naturalizations, refugees, etc.

Olson Library Electronic Reference Sources: Statistics A compilation of web based sources for statistics.

The Making of Modern Michigan  An excellent site of primary source material that allows one to browse collections or conduct keyword and subject searches.         

Seeking Michigan Produced by the state of Michigan Archives, this site provides access to significant primary source material from the Archives’ collections.

The National Archives Digital Vault   A collection of digital primary sources from the United States National Archives.  The site allows for keyword searching and includes a tag cloud.

The American Memory Project   Produced by the Library of Congress, this site provides access to some of the most important historical collections on United States history in digital format.  The site provides for searching by topic, keyword, or more advance search strategies.

Scholarly & Popular Literature Indexes
(all located in Abstracts Shelves)


Dates Held

Call Number

International Index to Periodicals

1907 - 1955

AI 3 .I58

International Index

1955 - 1965

AI 3 .I58

Social Sciences & Humanities Index

1965 - 1974

AI 3 .I58

Humanities Index

1974 - 1985

AI 3 .H58

Social Sciences Index

1974 - 1984

AI 3 .I582


1802 - 1899

AI 3 .P71

Reader's Guide

1900 - 1984

AI 3 .R48

Book Review Digest

1905 - 1983

Z 1035 .A1 B55

Book Review Index

1965 - 1979
1983 - 2007

Z 1035 .A1 B6


Formatting guide for Chicago Style


Inter-Library Loan

Two options for acquiring materials not held by Olson Library

MelCat : Books audios and film. A statewide catalog of more than 350 Michigan libraries. The same terms used in the library catalog will work in MelCat. Click the "Get this for me" link to request that items be sent to Olson Library for checkout. Average delivery time is 7-10 days and you will receive an email when the item arrives. The loan period for books is 3 weeks with the option to renew for an additional 3 weeks. You will need to use the number on the back of your NMU ID to request books.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) : Materials such as books, dissertations, media, and microforms can be borrowed from other libraries, along with photocopies of periodical articles. You enter the system thru Shibboleth with your user name and password. Before submitting request, you must verify through Full Text Electronic Journal Holdings and the NMU library catalog that we do not subscribe to journal/magazine issue in either paper or online formats, or we do not hold the book/video/etc.

While in an online database (e.g., PsycInfo), submit requests by clicking on Request form link located in https://library.nmu.edu/images/clip_image002.gif popup box. Allow minimum of 10 days to receive materials; request default is 30 days.

Need Further Assistance?

Contact Marcus Robyns by email or by phone at 227-1046.

Stop by the Reference Desk for further assistance with any of these sources.  You can also contact the Reference Desk through live chat or by phone at 227-2294.

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