Between 1905 and 1914, registry clerk and amateur photographer Augustus Sherman snapped pictures of people arriving at the Port of New York at Ellis Island. Those photographs are included in the William Williams papers, which are part of the New York Public Library’s archive. Williams was the commissioner of Immigration at the Port of New York on Ellis Island between 1902 and 1914.
The portraits capture many different people of many different ethnicities arriving to the U.S. for the first time, ready to start new lives in America.
See the portraits below and find more from the collection on Flickr.