Monday, December 9th, 2019

Historic Immigration Files Released to Public


"Tens of
thousands of old West Coast immigration records the government once
sought to throw away will instead become publicly available on Tuesday
at a Bay Area archive.  Photographs, letters, health records,
interview transcripts and other historical documents were destined for a
recycling bin or a remote Midwestern storage facility. … Thousands of old immigration
records from the so-called Alien Files, or A-Files, will be open to the
public Tuesday at the San Francisco National Archives, 1000 Commodore
Drive, San Bruno.  Archivists suggest emailing them at or calling 650-238-3501 before traveling there.   By
the end of the month, the National Archives will launch a name-based
online index to help search for the records at its website: