Ellis Island Oral History Project
Read through hundreds of transcribed interviews with immigrants who passed through Ellis Island in the early 20th century. These first-hand accounts describe what life was like for these immigrants in their country of origin, family history, reasons for emigration, their journey to New York, processing at Ellis Island, and adjustment to life in the United States.
To Destroy You is No Great Loss: The Odyssey of a Cambodian Family
Read Teeda Butt Mam's account of her family's experience fleeing Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge's takeover of Phnom Penh.
We Were 49ers: Chilean Accounts of the California Gold Rush
Read letters and diary entries of Chilean immigrants working as gold miners in California in the late 1840s.
From Dublin to New Orleans: Nora and Alice's Journey to America, 1889
In September and early October of 1889, Honoria Prendiville and Alicia Joseph Nolan made their way across the Atlantic on board the steamship Floridian. Nora and Alice's diaries record their adventures on an ocean path that took them on an unusual voyage through the West Indies and ending in New Orleans where they became Dominican Sisters.