Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Historic Immigration Files Released to Public

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"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  Photographs, letters, health records, interview transcripts and other historical documents were destined for a recycling bin or a remote Midwestern storage facility.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 afiles.sanbruno@nara.gov 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: www.archives.gov/pacific/san-francisco