Mobile Lifeworlds is a gateway to the stories of the German diaspora and the effects of migration on both those who traveled far from their families and those who remained in their communities of origin. More than 400 million letters were exchanged between the United States and Germany during the peak decades of German immigration. These letters are important sources for learning more about the effects of immigration to the United States on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.


Explore a map of the letters we have collected, read stories drawn from our letters and the biographies of individual correspondents.


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Consult lists of letters, collections, and family groups included within Mobile Lifeworlds.