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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.


Records indicating that the courts requested paperwork and information on Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler, from the Chinese Consul in Havana. He was originally from Canton and worked in the countryside.

Created Date
1876-01-30

An identity card, or cedula, for Serafin. Serafin was thirty three years old when this card was issued.

Created Date
1865

Records for the ship Emigrante, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with Pedro Reinaldo. On this trip, the Emigrante brought six settlers from China to work for Marino Gillado.

Created Date
1865

Records for the ship Vasco de Gama, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with La Alianza and Ferran y Dupierris. On this trip, the Vasco de Gama brought Chinese settlers to work in the countryside.

Created Date
1864-06-30

Records for the ship Alfonso de Albuquerque, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with La Alianza and Ferran y Dupierris. On this trip, the Alfonso de Albuquerque brought settlers from China to work in the fields.

Created Date
1864-06-10

Relates that Cayetano Hernandez, a Chinese settler, was granted permanent residency in Cuba after fulfilling the legal requirements.

Created Date
1863-10-16

Relates that Cristobal, a Chinese settler, was granted permanent residency in Cuba after fulfilling the legal requirements.

Created Date
1863-10-16

An identity card, or cedula, for Narciso. He was 33 years old when this card was issued.

Created Date
1863

An identity card, or cedula, for Vicente. He was 38 years old when this card was issued.

Created Date
1862

Records for the ship Francis P. Sage, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with La Compania Asiatica, Torices, Puente y Co, and Ferran y Dupierris. On this trip, the Francis P. Sage brought a worker from China to work as in the countryside.

Created Date
1861-05-21

Records for the ship Francis P. Sage, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with Compania Asiatica, Torices Puente y Co and Ferran y Dupierris. On this trip, the Francis P. Sage brought workers from China to work in the fields.

Created Date
1861-05-18

Records for the ship Grey Hound, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with la Compania Asiatica, Torices, Puente y Co, and Ferran y Dupierris. On this trip, the Grey Hound brought a worker from China to work for Antonio Nuvamete.

Created Date
1861-04-30