Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Preserving Immigration Alien Files at the National Archives
San Bruno, CA - This year we commemorate the 10th anniversary of a historic agreement that eventually transferred up to one million U.S. Alien Files (A-Files) held by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). These remarkable records tell the stories of immigrants from all over the world in the early 20th Century -- e.g., Armenian and Holocaust refugees, "picture brides" from Japan, gypsies from Eastern Europe, those escaping African Apartheid, the poverty of India, or fighting the racist policies of the Chinese Exclusion Act era.
Is it true that history repeats itself, and what lessons can be learned to inform current debates over public policy? Academic researchers, family genealogists, and the public can now judge for themselves. NARA will make available a diverse variety of fascinating photographs, artifacts, and documents from past A-Files at this anniversary event.
The event will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at 1 P.M.
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
1000 Commodore Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066.
The following SONA (Save Our National Archives Coalition) members will be available to respond to questions:
Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation
Buck Gee, President; Russell Nauman, Operations Manager
Chinese American Genealogy Group
Chinese Historical Society of America
Tamiko Wong, Executive Director
Japanese American National Library
National Japanese American Historical Society
Rosalyn Tonai, Executive Director
SF Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
Jeremy Frankel, President
S.F. State University Asian American Studies Dept.
Save Our National Archives Coalition
Jennie Lew, Co-Chair; Jeanie Low, Co-Chair
Tanforan Assembly Center Committee
Wong Kim Art Case
National Archives and Records Administration