Thousands of images are held in research centers, libraries, and archives across the state. These photographic archives and collections provide a valuable record of the history of the island — showing the landscape, officers, immigrants, and buildings of the U.S. Immigration Station. Please contact the holding institution to obtain permission for use or reproduction.


California Department of Parks and Recreation

Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley

Hart Hyatt North Papers

San Francisco Public Library

California State Library

National Archives

Library of Congress


Research Tips

Below are several suggested names and keywords that may yield different results in a search query.


  • Hart North / Hart H. North / Hart Hyatt North (Immigration Commissioner)

  • Maurer / Katharine Maurer / Katherine Maurer / Kathryn Mauer / Miss Maurer (Deaconess of the Immigration Station)

  • John Nagle / John D. Nagle (Immigration Commissioner)

  • Alexander Weiss (California State Park Ranger)

  • Walter J. Mathews (Immigration Station Architect)

  • Chinese in California

  • Picture Brides / Japanese Picture Brides

  • Paper Sons / Chinese Paper Sons


  • Angel Island

  • Immigration Station

  • U.S. Immigration Station

  • Angel Island Immigration

  • California Immigration

  • Fort McDowell (from WWII)

  • North Garrison

  • Winslow Cove

  • China Cove