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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 Rom Marcas, a Chinese settler, and Jose Gomez. The contract does not disclose how long the contract was supposed to last, but it lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer. Jose Gomez noted that Rom Marcas completed a contract with him previously. Rom Marcas was originally from Muego. Contract signed by Jose Gomez, Miguel Alfonso, and Jose Hernandez, not by the settler.

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