Leaving Europe: A New Life in America


Leaving Europe: A new life in America tells the story of European emigration to the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibition, jointly curated by the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and Europeana, uses photographs, manuscripts, broadsheets, paintings, letters, and other unique materials to chart peoples’ journeys across the European continent and their settlement in the United States. The digital items displayed are from US and European libraries, museums and archives and the accompanying narrative was commissioned specially for the exhibition from U.S. and European experts.

The DPLA and Europeana would like to thank the following institutions for providing the unique content and metadata featured in Leaving Europe: A new life in America:

The (US) National Archives and Records Administration
Harvard University
New York Public Library
University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center
French National Library - Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
FylkesFOTOarkivet i Møre og Romsdal
Geffrye Museum
Hadeland Folkemuseum
Haven Amsterdam
International Institute of Social History
Jewish Museum London
Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam
National Gallery or Ireland
National Library of the Netherlands - Meertens Instituut
National Library of the Netherlands - Koninklijke Bibliotheek
National Library of the Netherlands - Nederlands Openluchtmuseum
The Wellcome Library
Trinity College Dublin
University of California Libraries (archive.org)
Museen der Stadt DresdenContributing institutions to Europeana
Texts, research and compilation by Joan Krizack and Sieger Verhart.

Repository and curation support provided by Maira Liriano, Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, Bill Comstock, Megan Schwenke, Jack Eckert, Daniel Necas, Rachel Howarth, and Pamela Wright.

Special thanks goes to Anna van den Broek for her tireless effort in making this exhibition a reality.