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the guide to historical resources • Issue 11: Migration •


Immigrants getting a medical examination

Immigrants receiving a medical inspection at the Immigration Station, New York City.

From Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930 (Open Collections Program, Harvard University Library), digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard University's library, museum, and archive collections that explore immigration to the United States between 1789 and 1930.


Migration: crossing borders

History in Focus invited thirteen academics to write short pieces on the idea of crossing borders from their own research perspectives. The resulting articles, listed below, illustrate the breadth and depth of historical research relating to migration. The papers consider various types of borders or boundaries: physical borders, social and cultural borders, linguistic borders, economic borders, religious borders. Different perspectives, different foci and different methodologies have guided the authors of these articles, and we hope they will be of interest to historians and students of migration and of the ways in which borders affect people's lives.

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