Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. Millions of newly arrived immigrants passed through the station during that time–in fact, it has been estimated that close to 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island.
Below are some photographs and a film from the time it served as America’s gateway ( from the Library of Congress). Thomas Edison also filmed several arrivals, one on July 24, 1903 and another on April 27, 1906.
Ellis island, March 7, 1917 by Bain News Service
Emigrants coming up the board-walk from the barge, which has taken them off the steamship company’s docks, and transported them to Ellis Island. The big building in the background is the new hospital just opened. The ferry-boat seen in the middle of the picture, runs from New York to Ellis Island. 1902
Immigration officers examining documents and immigrants at Ellis Island Immigration Station for final discharge ca. 1902
Photograph shows a man waiting, with others in queue behind him, at the registration desk in the immigration station on Ellis Island; an immigration official is seated at the desk. ca. 1907-1917
Immigrants from PRINZESS IRENE boarding ferry to take them to Ellis Island
Detention pen–on roof of main building, Ellis Island, where emigrants held for deportation may go in fine weather 1902
Part of a group of 171 aliens illegally in the country wave goodby to the Statue of Liberty from the Coast Guard cutter that took them from Ellis Island to the Home Lines ship Argentina in Hoboken for deportation / World Telegram & Sun photo by Al Ravenna.
The following video describes and explains what the immigrants had to do when they arrived at Ellis Island.
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