Skip Navigation Links The Library of Congress >> Researchers 
Local History & Genealogy Reading Room
  Home>> Bibliographies & Guides

Immigrant Arrivals: A Guide To Published Sources

Personal Narratives & Correspondence

America, the Dream of My Life: Selections from the Federal Writers Project's New Jersey Ethnic Survey. Edited by David Steven Cohen. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1990. xvi, 295 p., ill., bibliographical references, index.
Interviews with immigrants from various European countries conducted between 1939-1941.
LC call number: F145 .A1A47 1990
LC control number: 89037770

Catalog record


American Mosaic: The Immigrant Experience in the Words of Those Who Lived It. Compiled by Joan Morrison and Charlotte Fox Zabusky. Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993. xxi, 457 p.
LC call number: JV6455 .A82 1993
LC control number: 94132941

Over 130 narratives in three parts: "The Last of the Old: The Traditional Immigrants" (19th-early 20th centuries); "The Wartime Influx: Heroes, Victims, Survivors" (World War II); and "Immigration: A Continuing Process" (mid-to-late 20th century).

Catalog record


Arksey, Laura, Nancy Pries, and Marcia Reed.
American Diaries: An Annotated Bibliography of Published American Diaries and Journals.
2 vols. Detroit, Mich.: Gale Research, 1983-1987.
LC call number: Z5305 .U5A74 1983 LH&G; MRR Alc
LC control number: 83008860

Vol. 1, covers 1491-1844; vol. 2, covers 1845-1980. Separate indexes for personal names, subjects, and geographical places names.

Catalog record


Bontemps, Arna Wendell, comp.
Great Slave Narratives. Selected and Introduced by Arna Bontemps.
Boston: Beacon Press, 1969. xix, 331 p.
"The Life of Olaudel Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself," pp. 1-192.
LC call number: E444 .B67
LC control number: 77084792

Catalog record


Choy, Bong-Youn.
Koreans in America.
Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1979. x, 371 p., bibliography, index.
Chapter 15, "Oral History of Early Koreans in America,"; pp. 111-14, "The Story of Mrs. Roh Jung-Soon."
LC call number: E184 .K6C48
LC control number: 79009791

Catalog record


Davis, Marilyn P. Mexican Voices.
American Dreams: An Oral History of Mexican Immigration to the United States.
New York: H. Holt, 1990. xiv, 446 p., index.
Interviews with legal and illegal immigrants, and with those who help them cross the border.
LC call number: E184 .M5D28 1990
LC control number: 90031640

Catalog record



Dear Uncle: Immigrant Letters to Antrim from the U.S.A., 1843-1852: The Kerr Letters with Accompanying Notes on Their Background. Edited by R. H. Foy. 117 p., ill., bibliographical references.
LC call number: E184 .I6D4 1989
LC control number: 91118718

Catalog record


Dutch American Voices: Letters from the United States, 1850-1930. Edited by Herbert J. Brinks. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1995. xvi, 480 p., ill., maps, bibliographical references, index.
LC call number: E184 .D9D86 1995
LC control number: 94024168

Catalog record


Epstein, Helen.
A Study in American Pluralism Through Oral Histories of Holocaust Survivors. Submitted by the William E. Wiener Oral History Library of the American Jewish Committee to the National Endowment for the Humanities; Louis G. Cowan, Principal Investigator; Milton E. Krents, Project Coordinator.
157 p.
LC call number: E184 .J5E613
LC control number: 77153163

Explores, "through personal interviews, a particular group of Americans who survived one of the most devastating experiences in history." The 250 interviewees included men and women Holocaust survivors, 5 adults who were married to survivors, and 40 children of survivors.

Catalog record


Erickson, Charlotte.
Leaving England: Essays on British Emigration in the Nineteenth Century.
Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1994. xv, 272 p., bibliographical references, index.
LC call number: E184 .B7E744 1994
LC control number: 93040633

A study of 19th-century English emigration to the United States using personal letters, passenger lists, census data on both sides of the Atlantic, other documents, as well as published scholarly works.

Catalog record


In Their Own Words: Letters from Norwegian Immigrants. Edited, Translated, and Introduced by Solveig Zempel. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press in Cooperation with the Norwegian-American Historical Association, 1991. xviii, 225 p., ill., maps, bibliographical references, index.
With a brief biographical sketch of each writer.
LC call number: E184 .S2I5 1990
LC control number: 90011012

Catalog record


Italians in Chicago Oral History Project. University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. Sanford, N.C.: Microfilming Corp. of America, 1981. A New York Times Oral History Program. 120 microfiches.
LC call number: Microfiche 82/102 (F) MicRR
LC control number: 82183514

A published guide to the collection (LC call number AI 3.07, No. 3; shelved in MRR Reference Assistance Room) contains an alphabetical list of participants. Collection consists of 112 interviews, transcribed.

Catalog record


McClunn, Ruthanne Luam.
Chinese American Portraits. Personal Histories, 1828-1988.
Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996. 175 p., ill., bibliographies, index.
LC call number: E184 .C5M195 1996
LC control number: 96008925

Biographical sketches of 17 individuals and their families from different walks of life, profusely illustrated with photographs.

Catalog record


News from the Land of Freedom: German Immigrants Write Home. Edited by Walter D. Kamphoefner, Wolfgang Helbich, and Ulrike Sommer; translated by Susan Carter Vogel. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991. ix, 645 p., ill., maps, bibliographic references, index.
LC call number: E184 .G3B7513 1991
LC control number: 91010835

Notes and introductions throughout help the reader "understand the letter texts, interpret their contents, and relate the fates of individual letter-writers to the overall historical context."

Catalog record


The Old Land and the New: The Journals of Two Swiss Families in America in the 1820s. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1965. 281 p., ill.
LC call number: E165 .O4
LC control number: 65015544

Catalog record


Russian Emigres Oral History Collection. University of California, Berkeley. Glen Rock, N.J.: Microfilming Corp. of America, 1978. A New York Times Oral History Program. 1 microfilm reel, ill., maps.
LC call number: Microfilm 49701 (D) MicRR
LC control number: 84115656

Catalog record


Six Women's Slave Narratives, With an Introduction by William L. Andrews. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988. xli, iv, 328 (various pagings), port.
"The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave (Related by Herself)," pp. 1-44.
LC call number: E444 .S59 1988
LC control number: 87028107

Catalog record


Stave, Bruce M., John F. Sutherland, with Aldo Salerno.
From the Old Country: An Oral History of the European Migration to America.
Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, 1999. xviii, 281 p. : ill., bibliographical references, index.
LC call number: E184 .E95S73 1999
LC control number: 98042361

Short oral interviews with European immigrants conducted during the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), combined with subsequent interviews 40 to 50 years later, arranged under chapter headings: "The Homeland," "Crossing and Arrival," "At Work in America," "Family and Community," "Women and Men, Love and Marriage," and "Immigrants United and Divided."

Catalog record


Ulster Migration to America: Letters from Three Irish Families. Compiled by Ronald A. Wells. New York: P. Lang, 1991. Irish Studies, vol. 2. 170 p., facsims., bibliographical references.
Correspondence covered the period 1843-1932.
LC call number: E184 .S4U47 1991
LC control number: 91007337

Catalog record


Vitiello, Justin.
Poetics and Literature of the Sicilian Diaspora: Studies in Oral History and Story-telling.
San Francisco: Mellen Research University Press, 1993. xii, 511 p., bibliographical references, index.
LC call number: DG875 .V57 1993
LC control number: 93013045

Catalog record


Voices, A Filipino American Oral History. Stockton, CA: Filipino Oral History Project, 1984. 64 p., ill., bibliography.
Recollections of 25 Filipino Americans.
LC call number: F870 .F4V65 1984
LC control number: 84179036

Catalog record


Voices from Ellis Island (Microform): An Oral History of American Immigration: A Project of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1987.
185 microfiches; also 8 reels of microfilm.
LC call number: Microfiche 91/7049 (J) MicRR; Microfilm 20,741 in Manuscript Division
LC control number: 91955600

Published guide available (guide no. 279 shelved in MRR Reference Assistance Room). More than 200 transcribed interviews with immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island Immigration Station between 1892-1924, or who were employed at the Station. Interviewees were from Russia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Hungary, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Rumania, Spain, Syria, Turkey, Greece, Palestine, Egypt, and Japan.

Catalog record


Writing Home: Immigrants in Brazil and the United States, 1890-1891. Edited and trans. by Josephine Wtulich. Boulder: East European Monographs; New York: Distributed by Columbia University Press, 1986. xiii, 698 p., ill., maps, bibliographical references.
LC call number: E184 .P7K9313 1986
LC control number: 86080411

Letters from Polish Americans in the United States, pp. 179-501. A useful glossary of terms has a direct bearing on material in the text.

Catalog record

Top of Page Top of Page
  Home>> Bibliographies & Guides
  The Library of Congress >> Researchers
  January 8, 2014
Legal | External Link Disclaimer

Contact Us:  
Ask a Librarian