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

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

Ellis Island's Use by Other Government Agencies and the Military

Hat from U.S. Coast Guard Women's Reserve c. 1946-1947

A Coast Guard hat of the Women's Reserve (SPARs) c. 1946-1947

National Park Service, Statue of Liberty NM

Ellis Island was always viewed as federal government property and there was always the presence of other federal agencies using the buildings and hospitals. The federal agencies most represented on Ellis Island were the military, predominately the United States Coast Guard, and, during the two World Wars, the United States Army. Items belonging to the employees, the hat and uniform worn by a member of the Coast Guard Women's Reserve (SPARs), and photographs of the medical personnel serving the military in the island's hospitals are evidence of this use and a significant component of the museum collection.

 
WWI soldiers posed in front of hospital complex c. 1918
World War I soldiers posed in front of the hospital complex c. 1918
National Park Service, Statue of Liberty NM
 

Did You Know?

Annie Moore statue on the 2nd Floor of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Annie Moore was the first immigrant processed at Ellis Island on January 1, 1892, after she arrived from Ireland on the SS Nevada. Charles Hendley of the Secretary of the Treasury's office inspected Annie, she was then given a $10 gold coin by Immigration Superintendent Colonel John Weber.