Please join us for a 2nd Saturday presentation by Trish Hackett Nicola!
There are over 50,000 Chinese Exclusion Act case files at NARA-Seattle--all original documents. The Act was in effect from 1882 to1943. Each file contains about 7-10 pages, sometimes more. The files include biographical information about the applicant, and sometimes his family and friends, affidavits from Chinese and Caucasian witnesses, maps, vital records, court records, photos and other unique items. This presentation will explain what led up to the Act being passed, who was excluded, give you examples of the documents and photos and tell you how to search the records.