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HIST 192 R (Research Seminar in Public History) Bergstrom: Digital Archival Collections

Research Guide for Asian American Studies 168D (Asian American History from 1965-present)

Licensed Digital Archives

Immigration Records


Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

In the early 20th century, Angel Island was home to the largest immigration station on the Pacific Coast. By 1936, there were at least seven other immigration stations in the United States (Boston, Ellis Island, Gloucester City, Galveston, Detroit, Seattle, and Honolulu).


National Archives

Documentation of immigrants entering the United States varied significantly from 1789-1819 because there was not a singular entity creating and maintaining records of immigrants.  The Customs Bureau oversaw ports starting in 1789, but, with limited exceptions such as New Orleans and Philadelphia which consistently recorded arrivals for spans of multiple years, it is difficult to find documentation at NARA of immigrants to the United States during this early time frame.

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