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Ellis Island and Immigration, circa 1880-1920: Selected Images

This guide offers a selection of images from the Prints & Photographs Division about Ellis Island and immigration to the United States around the turn of the twentieth century.


Photograph shows a large crowd of newly arrived emigrants gathered outside main building.
Underwood & Underwood. Recently arrived persons, Ellis Island, N.Y.. 1907. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

These images were selected to meet requests regularly received by the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Although the Prints and Photographs Division has a considerable number of images identified as showing members of immigrant groups, the images seldom come with detailed information about the ethnicity or nationality of the people depicted, their names, or details about their arrival.

A Note on Image Rights

The images are presented for educational and research purposes. The Library of Congress is unaware of any restrictions on the use of the images. However, patrons who plan to publish or otherwise distribute any of the images should be aware that determination regarding the appropriate use of an image ultimately rests with the patron. The Library generally does not own rights to material in its collections. Therefore, it does not charge permission fees for use of such material and cannot give or deny permission for use of the images. For further information, see "Copyright and Other Restrictions...Assessing the Risk of Using a P&P Image."

Photographic copies of the images may be ordered through the Library of Congress Duplication Services.

References to additional images on this subject can be found in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.