The Uses of Immigrant Letters

May, 18-19, 2007
Conference at the German Historical Institute, Washington D.C.

Convener: Wolfgang Helbich (Bochum), Anke Ortlepp (GHI)

  • Participants and Papers

    Bruce Elliott
    The 2003 Carleton Conference: Limits and Opportunities

    Wolfgang Helbich
    Karl Larsen, 1860-1931; Pioneer of Modern Immigrant Letters Editions

    David Fitzpatrick
    Editing emigrant letters: a utilitarian perspective

    Walter Kamphoefner
    The Real Guidebooks: Advice on Immigration in Letters back to Germany

    Susannah U. Bruce
    War in Ink and Blood. Exploring the Motivations of Irish Catholic Volunteers in the Union Army, 1861-1865 through their letters

    Stephan Elspaß
    Immigrant letters as a source for reconstructing language histories ‘from below’ and how (social) historians can profit from this

    Maria Irene Moyna
    Back at the Rancho: Sociolinguistic Variation among Spanish-speakers in post-Annexation California, 1848-1900

    Joe Salmons
    What immigrant letters can tell us about English in German-American communities

    Suzanne Sinke
    Engendered texts: evaluating gender as a category in nineteenth-century immigrant letters

    Volker Depkat
    Approaching Immigrant Letters as Acts of Transatlantic Communication

    David Gerber
    Exploring the Surfaces and Depths of Immigrant Personal Correspondence; or What Did Kate Bond Want to Say?

    Ursula Lehmkuhl
    The Reconstruction of Life Histories from Immigrant Letter