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

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1806 2015
Created Date: 1863
Description: 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
Description: 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
Description: 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
Description: This is a letter of good conduct from Juan de Ferrer for a Chinese settler, Lino.

Created Date: 1863
Description: 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
Description: 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: 1868
Description: This is a letter of good conduct for the Chinese settler, Leoucio.

Created Date: 1867-06-18
Description: This is a second contract signed on behalf of Felis, a Chinese settler, in which he agreed to do contractual work for one year. Signed in Chinese.

Created Date: 1868-07-08
Description: Relates that Leopoldo, a Chinese settler, was granted permanent residency in Cuba after fulfilling the legal requirements.

Created Date: 1865-06-02
Description: A contract between Roque, a Chinese settler, and Los Tres Dehoques Vidal y Company. The contract was to last for a year and lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer. Signed by Vidal and Roque, who signed in Chinese.

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.