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Chinese Immigrants in Cuba: Documents from the James and Ana Melikian Collection


The Chinese Immigrants in Cuba collection includes hundreds of original documents, manuscripts and photos covering the migration of 125,000 Chinese who signed up to be cheap labor in Cuba from 1847 until the later 1890s. The archive continues until the 1970s and records the Chinese community in Cuba and is rich with photos. This massive collection, from the archive of James and Ana Melikian Collection, is probably the largest one in private hands concerning Chinese in Cuba. At present the collection contains over 1341 records and about 8,000-9,000 pages.


This is a letter of good conduct from Manuel Quevedo about the Chinese settler, Valentin. 1863.

Created Date
1863

Letter of good conduct from Jose Maria Jariñas stating that Casimiro, a Chinese settler, has completed his contract and displayed good conduct while working for Jariñas.

Created Date
1863

This is a letter of good conduct from Manuel de Valle stating that Fernando, a Chinese settler, has completed his contract and displayed good conduct while working for de Valle.

Created Date
1863

Letter of good conduct from Manuel Quevedo stating that Julio, a Chinese settler, has completed his contract and displayed good conduct while working for him.

Created Date
1863

This is a letter of good conduct from Juan de Ferrer for a Chinese settler, Lino.

Created Date
1863

This a letter of good conduct from Manuel Quevedo about one of his Chinese workers who has completed their eight year contract.

Created Date
1863

This is a letter of good conduct from Jorge Harris stating that the Chinese settler, Antonio, has completed his contract and displayed good conduct while working for Harris.

Created Date
1863

This is a letter of good conduct for the Chinese settler, Leoucio.

Created Date
1868

Joribio, a Chinese settler, fulfilled a contract with Pablo Hernandez. Jose Hernandez recommended that Joribio be given permanent residency in Cuba because he met the legal requirements of completing an eight year contract with one employer. The letter also states that Joribio always exhibited good conduct and behavior.

Created Date
1863

Joribio Padron, a Chinese settler, fulfilled a contract with Juan Diez. Diez recommended that Joribio be given permanent residency in Cuba because he met the legal requirements of completing an eight year contract with one employer. The letter also states that Joribio always exhibited good conduct and behavior.

Created Date
1873-10-16