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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.


A money script for Lorenzo Barrios, a Chinese settler, for 70 pesos. It was to be used to pay his Chinese workers' wages.

Created Date
1895-06-25

A money script for Venancio Hoa, a Chinese settler, for 20 pesos. It was given to his settlers as payment for their monthly wages.

Created Date
1895-05-06

A money script for Hermenegildo Jauregio for 49 pesos. It was to be used to pay his Chinese workers' wages.

Created Date
1895-06-26

A money script for Venancio Hoa for 39.24 pesos. It was to be used to pay his Chinese workers' wages.

Created Date
1895-06-24

A money script for Antonio Leon for 62 pesos. It was to be used to pay his Chinese workers' wages.

Created Date
1895-05-06