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33 Beautiful Vintage Portraits Of America’s Immigrant Past From Ellis Island

The Senate approved comprehensive immigration reform Thursday by a 68–32 vote count and the legislation now moves to the House. The bill would legalize millions of current undocumented immigrants. Here are some photos of immigrants from the early 1900s courtesy of the the New York Public Libary’s digital collections.

1. A German stowaway


William Williams papers/Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

2. A Greek Orthodox priest


William Williams papers/Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

3. A Bavarian man


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

4. Two Romanian women


William Williams papers/Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

5. A man whose descent was not identified, possibly Russian


Via Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection / New York City — Ellis Island/New York City Public Library

6. A Guadeloupean woman


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

7. Three Scottish boys


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

8. A Dutch woman


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

9. A Danish man


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

10. Three Russian Cossacks


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

11. A Ruthenian woman


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

12. A Slovak woman with her child


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

13. Another man whose descent was not identified, possibly Russian


Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection / New York City — Ellis Island/New York Public Library

14. A Romanian man


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

15. Several Romani people


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

16. An Albanian soldier


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

17. A Greek woman


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

18. A Greek man


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

19. An Italian woman


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

20. An Algerian man


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

21. An Indian boy


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

22. Three women from Guadeloupe


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

23. A Romani family


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

24. Three Dutch women


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

25. Two pipers


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

26. An Italian woman


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

27. A Turkish man


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

28. An Algerian man


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

29. Two Lapland children, possibly from Sweden or Finland


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

30. A Romanian shepherd


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

31. A Czech-Slovak grandmother


Lewis Hine/New York Public Library

32. A Jewish immigrant


Lewis Hine/New York Public Library

33. A Bavarian man


William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com
 
 
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