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

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1805 2015
Description: This is a phone book which listed several persons' phone number.

Created Date: 1975
Description: A member of Cuban Overseas Chinese Socialist Alliance paid the member fee during that year, and the latter issued a receipt to confirm his payment.

Description: A letter given to two persons (Shubang and Minyao). The writers (mother and a grandmother) asked why one of the receivers (Shubang) did not send them a photo. They asked him to send a photo if they received the letter.

Created Date: 1991
Description: A writer wrote a letter to his/ her uncle and auntie. In this letter, the writer told them his/ her track. In the last part of this letter, he/ she told them to contact him/her if their would go to Cuba. And there was some contact which related to the money transfer.

Created Date: 1971
Description: Newspaper snippet from the Vietnam War, specifically an obituary.


Created Date: 1925
Description: A biography of Li Zhanbo which written in 1925. This biography consist of 4 parts. Each part described his experience in a specific period.

Created Date: 1992
Description: Notices issued by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in Cuba. The first notice issued by the Chinese Pharmacy in Cuba. It indicated the instruction for buying drugs and enumerate the date that people in different places could buy drugs from it. The second notice issued by the department of oversea remittance. It listed the detail and instruction for remittance.

Created Date: 1925
Description: This is a resume of Li Maifan 李邁凡. According to his resume, he has played important roles in both the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association 中華總會舘 and Chinese Trade Association 中華商會 in Cuba.

Created Date: 1977
Description: The granduncle (Minjie 敏捷)had sent money to the writers (Songfang 松芳, Songzhan 松沾, and Songbin 松彬). The writers wrote a thank you letter to him.

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.