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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 o Poncho, a Chinese settler, from the Chinese Consul in Havana. He was originally from Canton. He ran away from his employer, was captured, and held in the Deposit of Runaways.

Created Date
1870-10-14

Record pertaining to a judge's investigation of Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler. He was originally from Canton, but lived in Havana. The court certified that Pedro Amador's records did not contain any concerning contents.

Created Date
1876

Record pertaining to a judge's investigation into the records of Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler. He was originally from Canton, but was working in Havana. The court certified that Pedro Amador's records did not contain any concerning contents.

A letter to the judge of the District of Prado concerning Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler, as the judge investigated Amador's past records. He was originally from Canton, but was working in Havana. Manuel Baños certified that Pedro Amador did not appear to have a criminal record.

Created Date
1886

A letter to the judge of the District of Prado concerning Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler. He was originally from Canton, but was working in Havana. Pascual Herra certified that Pedro Amador did not appear to have a criminal record.

Created Date
1886

Record pertaining to a judge's investigation into the records of Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler. He was originally from Canton, but was working in Havana. The court certified that Pedro Amador's records did not contain any concerning contents.

Created Date
1886

A letter to the judge of the District of Prado concerning Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler, as the judge investigated Amador's past records. He was originally from Canton, but was working in Havana. Luis Marona certified that Pedro Amador's cedula was current.

Created Date
1886

A letter to the judge of the District of Prado. It details an ongoing investigating concerning Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler. Jesus Rodriguez certified that Pedro Amador did not appear to have any criminal history.

Created Date
1886

A letter to the judge of the District of Prado concerning Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler. He was originally from Canton, but was working in Havana. Pedro Amador did not appear to have any criminal history.

Created Date
1886

A letter to the judge of the District of Prado concerning Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler. He was originally from Canton, but was working in Havana. Pedro Amador did not appear to have any criminal history.

Created Date
1886

Records indicating police interactions with Chinese settler, Jose Afa, and his connection to the illegal raffle, Chiffe. He was originally from Canton. This document also gives investigators permission to access his records.

Created Date
1886-03-27

Records from the Royal Prison in Havana. Jose Afa, a Chinese settler, was arrested and jailed at the Royal Prison for running an illegal lottery.

Created Date
1886-03-28

Record pertaining to a judge's investigation of Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler. He was originally from Canton, but lived in Havana. The court certified that Pedro Amador's records did not contain any concerning contents.

Created Date
1886-01-30

Record pertaining to a judge's investigation of Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler. He was originally from Canton, but lived in Havana. The court certified that Pedro Amador's records did not contain any concerning contents.

Created Date
1886-01-30

A letter to the judge of the District of Prado concerning Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler, as the judge investigated Amador's past records.

Created Date
1880-01-30

Records indicating that the police located and broke up an illegal Chinese raffle in Havana under the orders of the Chief of Police, Maria de Rala y Aranaz. The raffle, Chiffa, was located near a fruit stand and the Consulate in Havana. Jose Manuel Ledon investigated and Jose Afa, a Chinese settler, was arrested in connection with the lottery.

Created Date
1886-03-26

Records indicating that Chinese Consul in Havana gave the courts the paperwork of Jose Afa, a Chinese settler and permanent resident in Cuba, who was detained by police in connection to an illegal lottery. Details the actions of the police and the court in their investigations.

Created Date
1886-03-26

Records indicating that Chinese Consul in Havana gave the courts the paperwork of Jose Afa, a Chinese settler and permanent resident in Cuba, who was detained by police in connection to an illegal lottery. He was held in the royal jail in Havana.

Created Date
1886-03-27

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

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. Court officials pulled records from the church books in Havana.

Created Date
1886-01-30

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. Court officials could not find any record of previous criminal activity.

Created Date
1886-01-30

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. Court officials could not find any record of previous criminal activity

Created Date
1886-02-01

A letter to the judge of the District of Prado concerning Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler, as the judge investigated Amador's past records.

Created Date
1886

A letter to the judge of the District of Prado concerning Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler, as the judge investigated Amador's past records.

Created Date
1886

A letter to the judge of the District of Prado concerning Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler, as the judge investigated Amador's past records.

Created Date
1886

A letter to the judge of the District of Prado concerning Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler, as the judge investigated Amador's past records.

Created Date
1886

A letter to the judge of the District of Prado concerning Pedro Amador, a Chinese settler, as the judge investigated Amador's past records.

Created Date
1886