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Collection Details


Collection Name: North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories
Repository Name: Alexander Street Press [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States
URL: http://www.alexanderstreet2.com/imld/
Material Formats: [1049 documents with text]
Dates Spanned: 1973-
Description: The internationally acclaimed Ellis Island Oral History Project, based at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, is the oldest and largest oral history project dedicated to preserving the first-hand recollections of immigrants coming to America during the years Ellis Island was in operation: 1892-1954. Begun in 1973 by National Park Service employee Margo Nash, the project has grown over the years to include over 1,300 interviews on audiotape. Each interview includes an extensive examination of everyday life in the subject’s country of origin, family history, reasons for coming to America, the journey to the port, experiences on the ship, arrival and processing at the Ellis Island facility and an in-depth look at the adjustment to living in the United States. The original transcripts and copyrights for the Ellis Island Oral History Project are housed by the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. You may contact them at: ARAMARK Ellis Island Immigration Museum New York, NY 10004 Email: moreinfo@ellisisland.com Web site: http://www.ellisisland.com/ellis_home.html
Estimated Total of Interviews: 1300
Interviews: [1052 interview(s) listed in this collection]
Broad Subjects: Domestic life; Ethnic groups
ASP Subjects: Biography; Ellis Island Immigration Center, New York, NY; Ellis Island Immigration Station (N.Y. and N.J.); Ellis Island, NJ; Emigration and immigration; Ethnic groups; Ethnicity; Family--History; History; New Jersey; New York; Oral history; Statue of Liberty, New York, NY; U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; United States
Collection Code: OHC0000109