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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.


Death certificate for Domingo Siere, a Chinese immigrant. He died in the Hospital of San Felipe y Santiago.

Created Date
1874

Death certificate for Antonio, a Chinese immigrant. He died in the Hospital of San Felipe and Santiago.

Created Date
1874

Death certificate for a "free" asian settler. He died in el Hospital de San Felipe y Santiago. 1874.

Created Date
1874

Death certificate for Panteleon, a Chinese immigrant. He died in the Hospital de Saint Phillip and Saint James.

Created Date
1874

This is a death certificate for Jose, a Chinese settler, who died in the Hospital of Saint Philip and Saint James in Havana.

Created Date
1874

This is a death certificate for a Chinese settler Julio whose body was examined at el Hospital de San Felipe y Santiago. 1873.

Created Date
1873

Death certificate for Manuel Lucas Breñas, a Chinese settler. He died at the Hospital of Saint Philip and Saint James after his leg was fractured and amputated.

Created Date
1872

Death certificate for Felix Diaz, a Chinese settler. He died in the Hospital of Our Lady of Mercy in Havana from tuberculosis.

Created Date
1890

Death certificate from Joaquin Perez, a Chinese settler. He died in the Hospital of Our Lady of Mercy from tuberculosis.

Created Date
1889

This is a death certificate for Ysidora, a Chinese settler. He died in the Hospital of Saint Philip and Saint James in Havana.

Created Date
1874