• Immigrants awaiting inspection in front of Ellis Island's Main Building

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

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    Ellis Island has reopened on a limited basis. Due to the nature of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, parts of the historic Main Building and museum remain closed at this time. The museum's artifacts remain in off-site storage. More »

Resources for Research

Immigration Legislation

Legislation from 1790-1900

Legislation from 1901-1940

Legislation from 1941-1960

Legislation from 1961-1980

Legislation from 1981-1996

Women, Immigration, and Naturalization

International Emigration/Immigration Research

The Association of European Migration Institutions

Maritime Museums

Geneological Research

How to Trace Your Immigrant Ancestors Brochure

National Archives and Records Administration

A Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations

Medical Information and Research:

Medical Buildings on the South Island of Ellis Island

Trachoma Through History by Katherine Schlosser

The International Trachoma Initiative

Trachoma: Its Character and Effects" by Clark and Schereschewsky in 1907

Medical Inspection of Immigrants at Ellis Island, 1891-1924---an article from the BULLETIN OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE (June 1980/Vol 56.No 5)

Six Seconds Per Eyelid: The Medical Inspection of Immigrants at Ellis Island, 1892-1914" by ANNE-EMANUELLE BIRN

The Forgotten Ellis Island...The Extraordinary Story of America's Immigrant Hospital

Miscellaneous Web Sites Relating to Ellis Island and/or Quarantine Immigration Stations

THE FORGOTTEN OF ELLIS ISLAND Deaths in Quarantine, 1909-1911"

Historical and Basic Research on the National Park Service

National Park Service's History Index

The National Park Service: A Brief History by Barry Mackintosh

A Brief History of the National Park Service by James F. Kieley

Education Internet Resources for Teachers (from the National Park Service)

The History Channel and Ellis Island ...has several very good videos on a variety of topics about Ellis Island, its history, and the experiences of the immigrants who came through Ellis Island.

Ellis Island Partners:

  • The Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation ---the not-for-profit foundation that has raised and continues to raise money for the renovations and upkeep of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and sponsors the Wall of Honor and the American Family Immigration Research Center.
    • The American Immigrant Wall of Honor--Through monetary contributions, some 600,000 names are inscribed on this wall...a memorial to America's immigrants. It is located ouside the Main Building. For more information, contact the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.
    • The The American Family Immigration History Center is located in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. The AFIHC maintains an extraordinary collection of immigrant arrival records which can be accessed at the Museum and online.
  • Save Ellis Island ---the non-profit partner established for the rehabilitation of the twenty-nine remaining buildings on Ellis Island, with the mission and mandate to raise the funds necessary to create and sustain these buildings (often known as the South Island and/or Hospital Buildings.)

Search Results for "Ellis Island" in the Library of Congress website

Did You Know?

Angel Island aerial cropped2

From 1910 to 1940, the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay processed approximately 1 million Asian immigrants entering into the US, leading to it sometimes being referred to as "The Ellis Island of the West". Due to the restrictions of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, many immigrants spent years on the island, waiting for entry. Access to the island is by private boat or public ferry from San Francisco, Tiburon or Vallejo. Ferry services are reduced during the winter. More...