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Primary Source Set: Immigrants in Newark

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Primary Source Set: Immigrants in Newark

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From the start of our city immigrants played a large role. Immigration the city gained traction in the 19th century with Germans, Irish and Italians coming to the City in droves (Documents A, B and O), followed by with many other European ethnic groups (documents C through F) and large populations of Eastern European Jews (Documents F and I). By the 1920s Newark had a Chinatown (Documents G and J) and Spanish and Portuguese immigrants had begun to arrive, a trend that would increase through the next several decades (Documents H,  L, and R). Cubans and Puerto Ricans came to Newark starting in the 1950s and 1960s (Documents K, M, N and Q), with a large Hispanic community by the 1970s (Documents P and Q). Starting in the 1990s, more Latin Americans began coming to Newark, and there has also been a recent increase in African immigrants (Documents S an T)


A. Bicentennial of the First Landing of Germans in America, Newark N.J., 1883View Online | Download

B. “The Italian Quarters Defying the Board of Health” Newark News, July 21, 1884View Online

C. US Census Report of the Foreign Born Population of Newark, 1870-2019View Online | Download

D.”A map of Newark with areas where different nationalities predominate”, 1911View Online | Download

E. The Ironbound District, 1912View Online | Download

F. “Food and Housing Defects are the Subsoil from Which Third Ward Problems Draw Their Substance” Newark News, Feb 2, 1916View Online 

G. Newark Chinatown Classroom, 1922View Online Download

H. Pilar Fernando Lavin, family, Independence Park, c. 1940sView Online | Download

I. Our Life In Our Times (Jewish Community Council), 1948View Online | Download

J. Contribution of the Chinese Community to the United States and Newark NJ, 1961View Online | Download

K. School Nationalities, 1961-1966View Online | Download

L. Presentation Spanish Folk Clinton Place Junior High School, 1962View Online | Download

 M. Cuban Refugees, 1963

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N. The Puerto Ricans in Newark, New Jersey, 1963

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O. 40th Anniversary St. Patricks Day Parade, 1975

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P. Conditions in the Hispanic Community, 1976

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Q.  Puerto Rican Recognition Week, 1979

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R. 9th Annual Portugal Day, 1986

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S. Brazilian Mayors and Municipal Leaders, 2003

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