Immigrant Arrivals: A Guide To Published
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
LC call number: F145 .A1A47 1990
LC control number: 89037770
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).
Arksey, Laura, Nancy Pries, and Marcia Reed.
American Diaries: An Annotated Bibliography of Published American
Diaries and Journals. 2 vols. Detroit, Mich.: Gale
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.
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
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
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
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
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
LC call number: E184 .D9D86 1995
LC control number: 94024168
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
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
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
With a brief biographical sketch of each writer.
LC call number: E184 .S2I5 1990
LC control number: 90011012
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
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
McClunn, Ruthanne Luam.
Chinese American Portraits. Personal Histories, 1828-1988.
Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996. 175 p., ill., bibliographies,
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.
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
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."
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
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
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),"
LC call number: E444 .S59 1988
LC control number: 87028107
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,
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."
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
Correspondence covered the period 1843-1932.
LC call number: E184 .S4U47 1991
LC control number: 91007337
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,
LC call number: DG875 .V57 1993
LC control number: 93013045
Voices, A Filipino American Oral History.
Stockton, CA: Filipino Oral History Project, 1984. 64 p., ill.,
Recollections of 25 Filipino Americans.
LC call number: F870 .F4V65 1984
LC control number: 84179036
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
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.
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
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.