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Title John A. Robinson, U.S. Immigration Service, San Francisco, California. Journals, 1909-1910
Author Robinson, John A
Date 5 Apr 1909 - 7 Oct 1910
Document Type Personal Account
Reference MS 1816
Library / Archive California Historical Society
Collection Name John A. Robinson Papers
Description Two journals containing daily accounts and case notes of Robinson's activities on behalf of immigration and his attempts to deal with San Francisco's prostitution problem. Includes case notes of immigrants, prostitutes and resident aliens from China, Japan, Mexico, Italy and Denmark, documenting names, nationalities, and immigration numbers, as well as physical descriptions. In some cases, the location of the arrest and subsequent deportation is included.
Biographical Note / History Inspector, U.S. Immigration and Naturalisation Service, San Francisco, California. Early career devoted to the arrest and deportation of prostitutes in San Francisco and surrounding areas; also responsible for the transport of aliens to deportation sites. Special assignments directed from Washington D.C. included an investigation of the white slave market on the West Coast. John A. Robinson was also a member of the Board of Special Inquiry in the 1930s.
Theme(s) Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences; Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations; Politics, Legislation and Governance
Places Angel Island, San Francisco, San Quentin, Sacramento, California, Washington D.C., Reno, Nevada, United States
Nationality Chinese; Japanese; German; Danish; Mexica; Italian
Ships SS Ella; SS Manchuria; SS Monticello; SS Korea
People Robinson, John A; Wagner, Paul; Cheung, Chan
Keywords immigration, immigrant, white slavery, women, police, jail, prostitution, prostitute, Jewish Association, Jewish, hospital, Young Women Christian Association, health and sickness, disease, aliens, deportation, stowaway, insanity
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the California Historical Society catalogue.
Language English
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