North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories

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This database documents the personal experience of immigrants to Canada and the United States over more than two centuries. In addition to letters, diaries and oral histories, there are a limited number of other sources, including immigration guides and cartoons. There is extensive indexing that allows you to search by, for example, place of birth, place of entry, occupation, and gender.


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Dates covered


Updating frequency

The database is complete.


Letters, diaries, and oral histories.

Type of coverage

HTML full text.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Much of the material is from published sources. Search QuickSearch to locate print editions owned by the Rutgers University Libraries.

Producer/content provider

Various publishers.

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Alexander Street Press