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


Date Range
1806 2015

Application documents “Letter Home” (permanent residence on the island of Cuba) 1868. Contains: signed application documents in Chinese; certificate of baptism of the Catholic Church; Chinese settler contract in the city of Cardenas; several letters of recommendation from several owner certifying that their contracts fulfilled without problems

Created Date
1868

Application documents “Letter Home” (permanent residence on the island of Cuba) 1866. Contains: letters of recommendation from the owner certifying that fulfilled his contract of 8 years; Chinese settler contract in the city of Cardenas; identity card of Chinese settlers, legalized with a police seal; original contract written in Chinese and Castilian, Swaton 1857; identity card of Chinese settlers; other documents

Created Date
1857

5.Application Documents "Letter Home" (permanent residence on the island of Cuba) 1865. Contains: Identity card of Chinese settlers, legalized with a police seal; letter of recommendation from the owner certifying that fulfilled his contract of 8 years; Chinese settlers statements; Government contract Guanabacoa, have working conditions

Created Date
1865

This is an application for permanent residency for Pascual, a Chinese settler. It includes the settler's original contract signed in Macao, a letter of recommendation from a previous owner, stating that he had completed an eight year contract, his cedula or identity card, and a certificate of baptism.

Created Date
1865

This file includes several document. One of them is a contract written in both Spanish and Chinese. According to the contract, Xie Tian was willing to go to Cuba as a worker. So he was requested to sign the contract and should follow the rules listed on it.

Created Date
1865
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This postcard image was taken in a studio in Havana. On the reverse is a handwritten annotation, "For Enrique from Lidila".

Created Date
1926-11-01

Balance sheet for the Min Chih Tang or the Chinese Democratic Party's Guantanamo delegation detailing income and expenses of the group for the year. Sent to the Provincial Government of Oriente.

Created Date
1949-06-30

This is a balance sheet for the Casino Chung Wah's Society of Instruction and Recreation. It is based in Bayamo, Cuba in the Park of the Revolution. It shows the balance in the treasury for each month.

Created Date
1955

This balance sheet lists the monthly income of the Association of Chinese Settlers. Kong Ky, the treasurer certifies that the amounts are correct. Sent to the Provincial Government of Oriente.

Created Date
1952-01-31

Balance sheet for the Kuo Min Tang's Guantanamo delegation detailing income and expenses for 1954. Sent to the Provincial Government of Oriente.

Created Date
1955-02-01

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.