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Find out more about immigration to NYC and how it has helped the City grow and change!

From the NYPL Collections

Africana & Black History
Changing New York Photographs by Berenice Abbott 1935-1938
Ellis Island Photographs from the Collection of William Williams, Commisioner of Immigration 1902-1913
Lewis Wickes Hines: Documentary Photographs, 1905-1938
Picturing America: 1497-1899
"Classic Six" NYC Apartment Living 1880s-1910
In Motion: The African American Migration Experience
Streetscape and Townscape of Metropolitan NYC 1860-1942
Milstein Division Photographic Views of NYC, 1870s-1970s
The Picture Collection Immigration File (NYPL Picture Collection, Mid-Manhattan Library 3rd floor)

Other Resources

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum
The Museum of Chinese in America
The Eldridge Street Project
Ellis Island
The Mannahatta Project

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Books for Young Adults

Does My Head Look Big in This? - Randa Abdel-Fattah
Before We Were Free - Julia Alvarez
House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros
The Orange Houses- Paul Griffin
La Linea - Ana Jaramillo
Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida - Victor Martinez
Shine, Coconut Moon - Neesha Meminger
El Bronx Remembered - Nicholasa Mohr
April and the Dragon Lady - Lensey Namioka
Call Me Maria - Judith Ortiz Cofer
An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio - Judith Ortiz Cofer
Seeing Emily - Joyce Lee Wong

Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration - Ann Bausum
Red Hot Salsa: BiLingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States - Lori Marie Carlson (editor)
Part Asian 100% Hapa: Portraits by Kip Fulbeck
We Are Americans : Voices of the Immigrant Experience - Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler.
19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East - Naomi Shihab Nye
The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems and Paintings from the Middle East - Naomi Shihab Nye

The Arrival - Shaun Tan
American Born Chinese - Gene Luen Yang


Double Happiness (1994)
In America (2003)
Spanglish (2005)