Chinese indentured laborers in Cuba collection
Scope and Contents
Official documents regarding Chinese indentured laborers, often referred to as “asiático” (Asian), in Cuba in the nineteenth century. The documents include death certificates, new contracts, official petitions to the court, documents outlining the movement of workers, documents concerning fugitive people and imprisoned laborers, arrest warrants, and identification documents.
- 1870 - 1881
- 1870 - 1881
Language of Materials
The materials are in Spanish.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred from the Latin American Collection Curator, 2020. Purchased from Kevin Jackson, 2019.
Some materials are arranged into groupings and are arranged chronologically within those groupings. Other materials are arranged in no particular order.
.42 Linear Feet (1 box)
Official documents regarding Chinese indentured laborers in Cuba in the nineteenth century. The documents include death certificates, new contracts, official petitions to the court, documents outlining the movement of workers, documents concerning fugitive people and imprisoned laborers, arrest warrants, and identification documents.
Biographical / Historical
During the nineteenth century, around 125,000 Chinese people, predominantly men, were brought to Cuba to work as indentured laborers under conditions similar to, if not actual, enslavement. They primarily worked as laborers in the sugar industry, shipping, mining, and building railroads, among other industries.
Folder titles were supplied by Yale University Library processing staff based on document contents. Processing staff included names of people in the folder descriptions when they were identified in the materials.
- Guide to the Chinese Indentured Laborers in Cuba Collection
- compiled by Jana Krentz
- July 2020
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository
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