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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.

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1864 1964

Balance sheet for the Kuo Min Tang's Bayamo Delegation in 1946.

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Balance sheet for the Association of the Chinese settlers. It includes the income, spending, and net worth of the group. Signed by the President, Treasurer, and Secretary of the group. Sent to the Provincial Government of Oriente.

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Records of the court clerk, Ramon Barinaga y Urbaneja of the Prado district courts. Pertaining to the arrest and trial of Jose Afa, who was arrested in connection with an illegal Chinese lottery. The prosecutor dismissed the case against Jose Afa on the 31st of March, 1886

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Details the election roll of the Kuo Ming Tang's leadership election in 1954, sent to the Provincial Government of Oriente. Listed are the names of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Vice Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Treasurer, and Speakers.

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A detailed list of the elections conducted by the organization, Nationalist Party of China or Kuo Ming Tang, selecting representatives for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and speakers. Sent to the Provincial Government of Oriente.

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Relates that Leonardo Sanchez, a permanent resident of Cuba and a baptized Catholic, married Marcelina Diaz. She was born in Matanzas and they had two daughters, who were both baptized and registered in the book for those of European descent in their parish church. Report concerns whether or not their children, who were of "mixed race," could be considered white, determined by which book their baptisms are recorded in. Churches would use different books for Europeans, whites, and minorities. The Governor rules that children born to one white parent were to be considered the same racial classification in terms of …

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A letter to Juan Fong of the Society of Intruction and Recreation from the Fong Chei Pin Tong. It certifies the election of a new group leadership.

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A letter from the Secretary of Kuo Min Tang, Joaquin Weng, to the Provincial Governor of Oriente in Santiago. Joaquin Weng sent both the original copy and an additional copy of documents describing the movements and activities of the group during 1931 and the leadership in 1932.

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A letter from Armando Lay and Alfredo Chang of the Kuo Min Tang, the Chinese Nationalist Party in Manzanillo to the Provincial Commission of Oriente. It details their registration payments in 1958, 1959, and 1960.

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Relates that Zaldo Ferran y Dupierris solicited the civil government to create a separate book in parish churches for the marriages of Chinese settlers and blacks or people of mixed race.

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