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This Is What Immigrants To The U.S. Looked Like Over 100 Years Ago

The photos are part of the New York Public Library's archive.

With President Donald Trump signing a new executive order on immigration on Monday, we’re reminded of those that immigrated to the U.S. many years ago. 

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

  • <i>A Danish man</i>
    Augustus F. Sherman/New York Public Library/Flickr
    A Danish man
  • <i>A Bavarian man</i>
    Augustus F. Sherman/New York Public Library/Flickr
    A Bavarian man
  • <i>A German stowaway</i>
    Augustus F. Sherman/New York Public Library/Flickr
    A German stowaway
  • <i>A Guadeloupean woman</i>
    Augustus F. Sherman/New York Public Library/Flickr
    A Guadeloupean woman
  • <i>Three Dutch women</i>
    Augustus F. Sherman/New York Public Library/Flickr
    Three Dutch women
  • <i>A Turkish man</i>
    Augustus F. Sherman/New York Public Library/Flickr
    A Turkish man
  • <i>A Romanian shepherd</i>
    Augustus F. Sherman/New York Public Library/Flickr
    A Romanian shepherd
  • <i>A Hindu boy</i>
    Augustus F. Sherman/New York Public Library/Flickr
    A Hindu boy
  • <i>An Algerian man</i>
    Augustus F. Sherman/New York Public Library/Flickr
    An Algerian man
  • <i>A Slovak woman and children</i>
    Augustus F. Sherman/New York Public Library/Flickr
    A Slovak woman and children
  • <i>Dutch children</i>
    Augustus F. Sherman/New York Public Library/Flickr
    Dutch children
  • <i>Pipers</i>
    Augustus F. Sherman/New York Public Library/Flickr
    Pipers
  • <i>Laplander</i>
    Augustus F. Sherman/New York Public Library/Flickr
    Laplander
  • <i>An Italian woman</i>
    Augustus F. Sherman/New York Public Library/Flickr
    An Italian woman
  • <i>A Ruthenian woman</i>
    Augustus F. Sherman/New York Public Library/Flickr
    A Ruthenian woman
  • <i>An Italian woman</i>
    Augustus F. Sherman/New York Public Library/Flickr
    An Italian woman
  • <i>A girl from Rattvik, province of Dalarna, Sweden</i>
    Augustus F. Sherman/New York Public Library/Flickr
    A girl from Rattvik, province of Dalarna, Sweden
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