Ellis Island is open on a limited basis while repairs continue.
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
Women, Immigration, and Naturalization
International Emigration/Immigration Research
Medical Information and Research:
Trachoma Through History by Katherine Schlosser
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
Historical and Basic Research on the National Park Service
The National Park Service: A Brief History by Barry Mackintosh
A Brief History of the National Park Service by James F. Kieley
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:
Did You Know?
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...