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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.


Date Range
1806 1960


This is a certificate that granted permission for the cadaver of Alan, a Chinese settler who had died on August 25, 1898, to be buried in the Cristobal Colon Cemetery on August 26, 1898. Havana.

Created Date
1898-08-26

Burial records for Manuel Corp, originally from Macao. Their records indicate they were baptized into the Catholic church and buried in the general cemetery of Havana.

Created Date
1861-08-14

This document pertains to an official permission that was granted to allow for a Chinese settler to be buried in the Cemetery of Colon. Havana- 1892.

Created Date
1892-06-07

This document pertains to an official permission that was granted to allow for a Chinese settler named Aloy to be buried in the Cemetery of Colon. Havana.

Created Date
1898-08-26

Burial records for an unnamed Chinese settler. Their records indicate they were baptized into the Catholic church and buried in the Cristobal Colon Cemetery of Havana.

Created Date
1872

Record of business deal for Benigno Gonzalez Alvarez with the Society of Asian Colonization concerning the importation of Chinese settlers to Cuba to work.

Created Date
1860-05-19

Record of business deal for Benigno Gonzalez Alvarez with the Society of Asian Colonization concerning the importation of Chinese settlers to Cuba to work.

Created Date
1860-05-09

Record of business deal for Caytano and Luis Lusini with the Society of Asian Colonization concerning the importation of Chinese settlers to Cuba to work.

Created Date
1860-04-23

Record of business deal for Bernigno Gonzales Alvarez with Ferran, Dupierris, y Co and La Positiva concerning the importation of Chinese settlers to Cuba to work.

Created Date
1860-04-24

Record of business deal for Cayetano Corazion and Luis Lusini with the Society of Asian Colonization concerning the importation of Chinese settlers to Cuba to work.

Created Date
1860-03-31