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Title Certificates of Residence for Chinese Laborers, 1894
Date 26 Mar-24 Apr 1894
Document Type Legal Papers
Reference MS 3642
Library / Archive California Historical Society
Collection Name Certificates of Residence for Chinese Labourers
Description Seven certificates of residence with identification photographs for Chinese laborers now living in California.
Series Description Collection consists of 17 certificates of residence for Chinese laborers in California, dated from 1894 to 1897. Each certificate includes the laborer's name, local residence, and occupation; information about his height, eye colour, complexion, and physical marks or peculiarities; and a photographic print. Certificates are signed and stamped by O. M. Welburn, Internal Revenue Collector, First District of California.
Biographical Note / History Under the provisions of the 1892 Geary Act, which amended the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, all Chinese in the United States were required to apply for, obtain, and carry a government issued certificate of residence proving their legal presence in the United States. Chinese and Chinese Americans discovered without such identification could be arrested and deported.
Theme(s) Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations
Places San Francisco, California, United States
Nationality Chinese
Keywords immigrant
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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