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

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1806 2015
Created Date: 1872
Description: Death certificate for an unnamed Chinese immigrant. He was buried in the Cemetery of Christopher Columbus.

Created Date: 1866
Description: Death certificate for Chan, a Chinese immigrant. He was buried in Havana. The cause of death is not stated.

Created Date: 1867
Description: Death certificate for Guerino, a Chinese immigrant. He was buried in Havana. The cause of death is not stated.

Created Date: 1865
Description: Death certificate for Camuto, a Chinese immigrant. He was buried in a cemetery in Colon. The cause of death is not specified.

Created Date: 1866
Description: Death certificate for Antonio, a Chinese settler. He was buried in the general cemetery in Havana. The cause of his death is not stated.

Created Date: 1860
Description: Paperwork for the black worker, Jose, and the Chinese settler, Casimira.

Created Date: 1867
Description: An identity card or cedula, for Nicomedes Joaquin. He worked for Ventura Troche.

Created Date: 1855
Description: A cedula or identity record for Loreto, a Chinese settler. He was originally from Luai Sen. He worked for B. Solares to work in a copper factory.

Created Date: 1864
Description: This is a contract between La Alianza, Ferran and Dupierris and a frigate that was hired to bring Chinese settlers to Cuba.

Created Date: 1865
Description: This is a list of workers contracted by an unknown employer and transported aboard the boat, the Senor Joseph.

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.