University of Minnesota’s Social Welfare History Archives

The International Social Service records at the University of Minnesota include over 20,000 adoption case records from the late 1940’s to early 1970’s. These records are an internationally recognized resource on the history of transnational adoption, adoption practices and policies, and related issues as well as immigration, migration, displaced persons, and international family and immigration law.

These records are one of the most heavily used collections in the Social Welfare History Archives. If you are interested in conducting research on these expansive records, please complete the archive request form.

Archive Request Form

Thank you for your interest in the International Social Service: United States of America Branch, Inc. Please complete the form and be sure to answer all of the questions listed. Project requests will be reviewed by the CEO and a response will be given as soon as possible following a request.
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