Overview

There are countless immigrant stories interwoven into the history of the United States.  

How did immigrants communicate their experiences and how was the immigrant experience communicated to others?  How did this story change over time and how does the history of immigration shape the present day? Diaries, biographies, books, pamphlets and other writings can help tell the story of voluntary immigration in America.

Houghton Library holds numerous items and collections related to immigration to the United States. 

To search digitized material held across Harvard Libraries, visit Harvard's Curiosity Collection Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930.

Please see below for examples of material relating to immigration from Houghton Library's collections. 

Examples