New databases pertaining to 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act available

Two new databases are available that contain records pertaining to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. The law had severely curtailed Chinese immigration by targeting Chinese laborers and their families. The new databases include over 6,000 name entries for Chinese immigrants and laborers who lived and worked in the Midwest from 1898 to 1942 in INS districts No. 9 in Chicago and No. 10 in St. Paul, Minn. The lists provide the name of an individual and a case number. Case files can contain a photograph and a physical description of an individual, transcripts of interrogations by INS officials, correspondence, and detailed information about the individual's family, resident village in China, and profession.

The lists are available from the National Archives and Records Administration-Great Lakes Region. (Source, AsianWeek., August 27, 2004)

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