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Welcome to North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories

Welcome to North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories includes 2,162 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of information, so providing a unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada between 1800 and 1950. Composed of contemporaneous letters and diaries, oral histories, interviews, and other personal narratives, the series provides a rich source for scholars in a wide range of disciplines. In selected cases, users will be able to hear the actual audio voices of the immigrants. The collection will be particularly useful to researchers, because much of the original material is difficult to find, poorly indexed, and unpublished; most bibliographies of the immigrant focus on secondary research; and few oral histories have been published.  

North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories uses PhiloLogic software, developed at the University of Chicago, to enable in-depth browsing and searching of both the bibliographic and the full-text elements within the database. We have recently upgraded the PhiloLogic software, enhancing performance and giving the collection a fresh new look.  We have improved the search engine for better performance and introduced new toolbar navigation for easier browsing, but all other functionality of the collection remains the same.
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Audio File: Victoria Sarfatti Fernandez, Ellis Island Oral History Project

Listen to Victoria Sarfatti Fernandez describe her family's life in Macedonia during the Balkan Wars and her voyage to the United States via Italy in 1916.


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.


Featured Search: Point of Entry: New Orleans, LA

Read diary entries and narratives from immigrants who entered the United States via the port of New Orleans.


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.

 


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