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

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1806 2015
Created Date: 1880
Description: Certificate of nationality of a Chinese settler, Mauricio Achau. It was signed by the Consulate General. He was originally from Faokin.

Created Date: 1866-07-29
Description: Relates that Remigio, a Chinese settler, was granted permanent residency in Cuba after fulfilling the legal requirements.

Created Date: 1863-04-23
Description: A labor contract between Claudio, a Chinese settler, and Jose Morales. The contract was to last for six months and lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer. Signed by Jose Morales and Claudio, who signed in Chinese.

Created Date: 1862
Description: A contract between Carlos Lo Agou, a Chinese settler, and Antonio Marin. The contract was to last for four years and lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer. Notes that Carlos was required to enter into this contract to correct his deficiencies in his previous work contracts, and for being disobedient. Signed by Antonio Marin and Carlos, who signed in Chinese.

Created Date: 1866-08-13
Description: Relates that Remigio, a Chinese settler, was granted permanent residency in Cuba after fulfilling the legal requirements.

Created Date: 1880
Description: An identity card, or cedula, for Agustin Afon. Agustin was 33 years old when this card was issued.

Created Date: 1866-07-30
Description: Narciso, a Chinese settler, converted to Christianity. He was originally from Canton. In his baptism, he offered his loyalty to the Cuban government and the church in order to eventually receive permanent residency in Cuba, a legal requirement.

Created Date: 1860-09-29
Contributors: 張, 亞
Description: A contract between Chon-Moe, a Chinese settler, and H. de Closmadeuc. The contract was to last for eight years and lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer. Noted that Chon-Moe completed a contract with P. Campbell previously.

Description: A contract between Damian, a Chinese settler, and Martin de Cardenas y Laya. The contract was to last for six months and lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer. Signed by Martin de Cardenas and Damian, who signed in Chinese.

Created Date: 1863-09-16
Description: This compilation of personal documents that belonged to Eustaquio- a Chinese settler, formed his application packet for his permanent residence card in Cuba. Included in the collection are his baptism certificate, his personal ID card, and his original first contract, among several other documents. The first page of this selection contains the written request for Eustaquio's permanent residence, and the last passage in the final page explains that his request was accepted. 1863

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.