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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.


Date Range
1806 2015


This is an English translation of the Chinese document found at Melikian370 in this collection.

Contributors
Tillman, Margaret
Created Date
2015

This is an mp4 video highlighting the Chinese Immigrants in Cuba collection in the ASU Libraries Repository (11 mins)

Contributors
Tillman, Margaret, Tillman, Margaret
Created Date
2014

This is a collection of some news reported by Xinhua News Agency during 6/20/1999 and 6/24/1990.

Created Date
1999

A membership registration receipt of the Chinese Freemasons (Hongmen Society) of Cuba Branch.

Created Date
1992-12-28

Receipt of the membership registration fee to the Freemasonry society in Cuba.

Contributors
中國洪門民治黨駐古巴總支部
Created Date
1992-07-31

A younger brother sent a letter to his sister. He mentioned that he did not receive the reply of his sister and was afraid the letter was missed. So he hoped if his sister received it, please sent a letter to let him knew.

Created Date
1992-04-18

Notices issued by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in Cuba. The first notice issued by the Chinese Pharmacy in Cuba. It indicated the instruction for buying drugs and enumerate the date that people in different places could buy drugs from it. The second notice issued by the department of oversea remittance. It listed the detail and instruction for remittance.

Created Date
1992

Letter written to Ramon Wong. At the beginning the writer thanks for Mr. Wong's help. After that, he hoped that Ramon Wong could drive his uncles to the airport so that they could go back to Hong Kong safely.

Created Date
1992
Contributors
Huang, Zhi Wen
Created Date
1991-08-05

A writer wrote a letter to his/ her uncle and auntie. In this letter, the writer told them his/ her track. In the last part of this letter, he/ she told them to contact him/her if their would go to Cuba. And there was some contact which related to the money transfer.

Created Date
1991