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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.

  • Chinese Immigrants in Cuba Identity Records Series
Date Range
1863 1863

This document from the police commissioner of Santiago de las Vegas, Luis Quesada states that all Chinese settlers who arrived in the city prior to July, 1860 must be notified of a change to contract documents, especially concerning a Chinese settler named Crispin, who signed a contract with Quesada.

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