Explore images of case files of Chinese immigrants arriving in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The images in this browse have been obtained from FamilySearch.
These images comprise the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) publication M1144: Case Files of Chinese Immigrants, 1895-1920, from District No. 4 (Philadelphia) of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The collection is housed in the Federal Archives and Records Center located in Philadelphia.
The original records were created by the regional office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in an effort to enforce the Chinese exclusion acts passed by Congress during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The information was provided by the immigrant or their traveling companion but was recorded by a staff member. As such, mistakes exist in the official records, particularly in relation to the spelling of foreign names.
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