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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
1836 1889


These are the documents for permanent residency for Saturnino, a Chinese settler in 1865. He lives in Soltero and Cardenas. His application includes his identity card.

Created Date
1865

The cedula or an identity record for a Chinese settler, Francisco. He was brought from Soltero, China to Cuba to work for M. B. Pereda for eight years. Then, his contract was transfered to R. A. Leull for an additional eight years. 1864

Created Date
1864

Cedula or identity card for Ignacio, a Chinese settler. He lived in Soltero and worked for Pedro Ferran y Lauda

Created Date
1865

Certificate of nationality of Chinese settler, Francisco Agil. It was signed by the Consulate General. He lived in Soltero. July 6, 1880

Created Date
1880

Certificate of nationality of a Chinese settler, Jacinto Allo. It was signed by the Consulate General.

Created Date
1883-09-22

Certificate of Nationality for Jacinto, a Chinese settler. Brought to Cuba from China to work as an indentured servant, he lived in Soltero.

Created Date
1880

The certificate of nationality for Liborio who was from Canton and moved to Soltero to be an indentured servant.

Created Date
1884

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

Created Date
1884

Certificate of nationality for Chinese settler, Jose Varquez. He was originally from Canton and lived in Soltero. Signed in Chinese. 1880.

Created Date
1880

Certificate of Nationality of Chinese settler, Emeterio de Jesus. It was signed by the Consulate General. He was originally from Canton, but lived in Soltero.

Created Date
1880