Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930, is a new web-based collection of selected historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the United States from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression.
Material from Andover-Harvard Theological Library includes:
- Lecture notes and papers of George La Piana (1878-1971), a member of the Harvard Divinity School faculty from 1916 to 1948;
- The Church and the Immigrant (1921), the published master's thesis of Georgia E. Harkness, the first woman in the United States to be appointed to a theological professorship;
- Several books, including Sons of Italy: A Social and Religious Study of the Italians in America (1917) by Antonio Mangano and The Swedish Settlements on the Delaware, 1638-1664 (1911) by Amandus Johnson;
- The first public health study based on statistical research, Immigration Into the United States (1848), by Jesse Chickering, who graduated from the Divinity School in 1821.
Also digitized for this collection are photographs from the Social Museum at Harvard that document the social reform movement at the beginning of the twentieth century. The Social Museum was founded in 1903 by Francis Greenwood Peabody (1847-1936), who was Parkman Professor of Theology (1881-1886), Preacher to the University (1886-1906), Plummer Professor of Christian Morals (1886-1912), and Dean of the Divinity School (1901-1906).
Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930, is part of Harvard's Open Collections Program, through which the University offers online access to resources from Harvard's libraries to benefit students and teachers around the world. The goal is to create a new model for digital collections that will benefit the Harvard community and the general public alike.