Discover the motives, aspirations, realities and personal hardships for European and Asian migrants during two centuries of global migration
Set against a backdrop of colonial expansion, industrial progress and global conflict, Migration to New Worlds tells the stories of individuals and families who risked everything to build new lives in North America and Australasia between 1800 and 1980.
This selection of unique primary source diaries, correspondence, photographs, oral histories and journals narrates the vivid realities of ocean travel and life in adopted homelands. Organisational correspondence, government proceedings, shipping company papers and records of advocacy groups provide key context to migrants’ everyday struggles.
American Antiquarian Society; Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin; British Library; California Historical Society; Cambridge University Library; Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21; Glenbow Museum; Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries; Library and Archives Canada; Liverpool Record Office; Maritime Museum of San Diego; Maritime Museum of Tasmania; Museums Victoria, Australia; National Archives of Australia; National Library of Ireland; National Museums Liverpool: Maritime Archives & Library; Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp; Senate House Library, University of London; Special Collections & University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago; Tenement Museum, New York; the National Archives, UK; the Newberry Library; the Robert Opie Collection; University of Melbourne Archives; and University of Sussex