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


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.


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.

Created Date
1865-06-02

Felix, a Chinese settler, completed a contract with San Martin, a sugar factory, under Benitez Siron y Co and was seeking to sign a new labor contract with his original owner. His owner agreed to sign a new one.

Created Date
1867-08-22

This is a labor contract signed by Jobita, a Chinese settler, in which he agreed to work for a new owner for one year. This contract was issued between Jobita and his new owner after he completed an initial labor contract with another owner. Signed in Chinese.

Created Date
1877-05-05

A between Leonardo, a Chinese settler, in and la Gran Azucareria. The contract was to last for a year and lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer. Signed by Pedro Ibarra and Leonardo, who signed in Chinese.

Created Date
1867-06-10

A contract between Alfonso, a Chinese settler, and Eugenio Remeau. The contract was to last for six months and lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer. Signed by Eugenio Remeau and Alfonso, who signed in Chinese.

Contributors
周, 帶
Created Date
1868-02-10

A contract between Adan, a Chinese settler, and Juan Calisto Oxamendi. The contract was to last for two years and lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer. Signed by Juan Calisto Oxamendi and Adan, who signed in Chinese.

Created Date
1877-09-16

A contract between Salvador, a Chinese settler, and Jose Ruiz. The contract was to last for a year and lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer. Signed by Jose Ruiz and Salvador, who signed in Chinese.

Created Date
1865-04-28

A contract between Pablo, a Chinese settler, and Dolores Reynaldos. The contract was to last for a year and lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer. Signed by Dolores Reynaldos and Pablo, who signed in Chinese.

Created Date
1871-10-05

A contract between Paluas, a Chinese settler, and el Marques de Guesme. The contract was to last for four years and lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer. Notes that Paluas completed a contract with el Marques de Guesme previously.

Created Date
1875-06-08

A contract between Felix, a Chinese settler, and Esteban Parody. The contract was to last for three years and lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer. Felix did not negotiate or sign the contract as the signature stipulates that someone else signed for him. Signed by Esteban Pasos, Fernando, and Jose Herman.

Created Date
1862-02-10