Vintage Portraits of Immigrants Who Arrived on Ellis Island a Century Ago

Amateur photographer Augustus Sherman worked as a registry clerk on Ellis Island from 1892 until 1925.

During the time spent processing immigrants passing through New York Harbor, Sherman captured thousands of them in their cultural garments, leaving behind a fascinating collection of portraits.

The collection of portraits were originally published in National Geographic in 1907, and currently reside in the New York Public Library where they have been scanned and digitized for all to enjoy.

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Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their three dogs. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time working from a treadmill desk at home.

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