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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 pertaining to the right of a company to not pay for the burial of their employees if they die while contracted. The company in question is a railroad and the judge ruled that they did not have to pay for their worker's burial.

Created Date
1866-10-30

Two doctors, Dr. Carlos Belot and Dr. Eugenio Gonzales, examined six settlers at the "deposit" of Chinese settlers Cuban Star in Havana. They certified the ages of all six settlers.

Created Date
1860

Two doctors, Dr. Carlos Belot and Dr. Eugenio Gonzales, examined six settlers at the "deposit" of Chinese settlers Cuban Star in Havana. They certified the ages of all six settlers.

Created Date
1870

List of Chinese settlers who ran away from their owners and were later captured. After capture, they were held in the Municipal Slave Deposit in Guines. Their names, ages, and nationality are listed along with the dates of their escape and capture.

Created Date
1858

Investigation of the origin of Higino Canton, a Chinese settler who has escaped form his owner and later captured. He is imprisoned in the Depot of Cimarones in Bejucal.

Created Date
1870

Investigation of the origin of Juan Canton, a Chinese settler who has escaped form his owner and later captured. He is imprisoned in the Depot of Maroons in Bejucal.

Created Date
1869

Certifies that Ventura, a Chinese settler, completed an eight-year-contract with his employer, Agustin Ferran.

Created Date
1866