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Migration and Immigration

Information sources related to immigrants, refugees, and asylees

Primary Sources


Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, originally from Him Mark Lai, Genny Lim and Judy Yung:  Island:  Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940, 2nd edition (Seattle:  University of Washington Press, 2014).  

Primary Sources for Immigration and Migration Studies

See also the Newpapers section of the UCB Library Guide to American History.


Browse the UCB Library's News databases (both current and historical)


Search UC Library Search , the library catalog for both Berkeley and the wider UC system:   by keywords or official subject headings.  To find official subject headings:

  • Search by keywords, display the long form of the record for an appropriate item, and then click on one of the subject headings that are listed
  • See Books tab of this guide for suggestions.
  • or, ask a librarian for assistance.

You may also pair an appropriate subject heading with additional subject terms that identify materials as primary sources. Some of these terms are:

  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • early works to 1800
  • interviews
  • pamphlets
  • periodicals
  • personal narratives
  • sources

Note: these subject terms will not retrieve all possible primary sources but they are a good way to start.


  • mexican american agricultural laborers biography
  • refugees sudan darfur interviews

To find more results, redo the search as a keyword search.

For more guidance, see the UCB Library research guide to Finding Historical Primary Sources.