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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.

Documents the work history of Rafael, Ramon, and Enrique Guerediaga, three brothers brought to Cuba to work as indentured servants.

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A complaint filed by Ramon de Guerediaga, in the name of three Chinese settlers, Enrique, Ramon, and Rafael, concerning allegations of abuse and maltreatment against their employer.

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An identity card, or cedula, for Enrique. He was thirty one years old when this card was issued. He had a work contract with Y. S. de Castro and had completed a previous contract with the mining company, Comolidada.

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A contract between Enrique, a Chinese settler, and Juan, a Cuban landowner. The contract was to last for a year and lists the legal requirements for both the employee and the employer. Juan noted that Enrique completed a contract with Miguel Tabra previously. Juan was originally from Canton. Contract signed by Juan, Juan Gonzales, Carlos Gonzales. Signed by the settler in Chinese.

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Certificate of nationality of a Chinese settler, Enrique. It was signed by the Consulate General. He was originally from Canton.

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A photo of Miguel Cheong in 1941 sent to Mercedes and Enrique (presumably Cheong).

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