23 Photos Show America’s Early Immigrants When They Disembarked In Ellis Island

This is a great collection of 23 amazing photographs of some of America’s early immigrants when they landed at Ellis Island in New York City. The pictures are simply amazing.

January 1st, 1892 was the first time that Ellis Island was used as an entrance for immigrants looking for a better life in America. Over 12 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island from the day it opened until 1954. So many people passed through that almost 40% of Americans today can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island!

Augustus Sherman was the chief registry clerk on Ellis Island from 1892 until 1925. But Sherman wasn’t only a clerk; he was also an amateur photographer. So as the immigrants arrived and went through customs, Sherman took photographs of some of them in their traditional clothing. Now the photographs are kept in the New York Public Library. They serve as a poignant reminder of America’s diverse past.

'A German stowaway' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman.
‘A German stowaway’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman.
'Dutch children' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman.
‘Dutch children’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman.
'Three Dutch women/ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman.
‘Three Dutch women/ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman.
'A Greek soldier' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman.
‘A Greek soldier’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman.
'A man from the Russian empire' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman.
‘A man from the Russian empire’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman.
'Men from the Russian empire' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘Men from the Russian empire’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
'An Algerian man' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘An Algerian man’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
'A Bavarian man' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘A Bavarian man’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
'An Albanian soldier' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘An Albanian soldier’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
'Children from Lapland' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘Children from Lapland’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
'A woman from Lapland' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘A woman from Lapland’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
'A Danish man' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘A Danish man’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
'A Guadeloupean woman' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘A Guadeloupean woman’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
'Three women from Guadeloupe' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘Three women from Guadeloupe’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
'A Hindu boy' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘A Hindu boy’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
'An Italian woman' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘An Italian woman’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
'An Italian woman' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘An Italian woman’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
'A Norwegian woman' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘A Norwegian woman’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
'A Romanian piper' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘A Romanian piper’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
'A Romanian shepherd' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘A Romanian shepherd’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
'A Ruthenian woman' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘A Ruthenian woman’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
'A Slovak woman and child' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘A Slovak woman and child’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
'Slovakian women' / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman
‘Slovakian women’ / Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

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