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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 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 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 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 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