Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

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  Photographs, letters, health records, interview transcripts and other historical documents were destined for a recycling bin or a remote Midwestern storage facility.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: