PICRYL
PICRYL

The World's Largest Public Domain Source

  • homeHome
  • searchSearch
  • collectionsCollections
  • camera_altMedia
  • infoAbout

  • account_boxLogin

Ellis Island. Hopes and Tears.

Ellis Island is located in Upper New York Bay in the Port of New York and New Jersey, United States. It was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954.
Group photograph captioned 'Hungarian Gypsies all of whom we...
137 Media in collectionpage 1 of 2

An Albanian woman wearing her native costume

An Albanian woman wearing her native costume, photographed at Ellis Island, NY.

Danish man.

Digital ID: 418053. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [1909]. .Notes: Identified as 'Peter Meyer -- [age] 57, Denmark. [SS] 'Mauretania' Apr. 30 -- '09' from Svendberg, in Peter Mesenhol... more

[Turkish man.]

Digital ID: 1206551. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [1912]. .Notes: Identified in Peter Mesenholler 'Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920' (c1905) p.69 from caption o... more

Ellis Island, NY: Castle Gardens as an Immigration Center between 1855-1892

Master File Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Personalities, World Events, and American Economic, Social, and Cultural Life

Photograph of a Group of Immigrants Outside a Building on Ellis Island

Public Health Service Historical Photograph File

Photograph of Immigrants Buying Railroad Tickets on Ellis Island

Public Health Service Historical Photograph File

Photograph of Immigrants Outside a Building on Ellis Island

Public Health Service Historical Photograph File

Immigrants Landing at Ellis Island

Immigrants Landing at Ellis Island

Ellis Island, May, 1902 : a view of the grounds adjoining on...

Digital ID: 417075. Ellis Island, May, 1902 : a view of the grounds adjoining one of the buildings, stewn with rubble, debris and building materials.. 1902. .Notes: See next photograph also.. .Source: Photogra... more

Ellis Island, May, 1902.

Digital ID: 417076. 1902. .Notes: Similar to preceeding view, but showing more of building at left. Commissioner Williams wrote of this photograph, 'Typical of the grounds as I found them' (Vol. I, p. 4, Willi... more

View of Ellis Island lawn, with New York skyline in distance...

Digital ID: 417068. View of Ellis Island lawn, with New York skyline in distance.. ca. 1903. .Notes: 'Lawns and hedges after one year's growth,' according to Commissioner Williams (Vol. I, p. 45 front, William... more

View of Ellis Island buildings.

Digital ID: 416789. ca. 1903. .Notes: Similar to no. 37. 'Lawns and hedges after one year's growth' is the caption assigned by Commissioner Williams (Vol. I, p. 45 front, Williams scrapbooks); the date is ther... more

Group photograph captioned 'Hungarian Gypsies all of whom we...

Digital ID: 417071. Group photograph captioned 'Hungarian Gypsies all of whom were deported' in The New York Times, Sunday Feb. 12, 1905. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. 1902-1905. .Not... more

View of Ellis Island buildings.

Digital ID: 416786. ca. 1904-1905. .Notes: 'Lawns and hedges after two year's growth,' according to Commissioner Williams (Vol. I, p. 67 back, Williams scrapbooks).. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-... more

Lewis W. Hine - Immigrant Family in the Baggage Room of Ellis Island

Immigrant Family in the Baggage Room of Ellis Island

Ellis Island Immigrant Portraits

Hine, Lewis Wickes.Portrait of a mother and child. Just arrived at Ellis Island along with hundreds of other immigrants that day. In search of a better life. USA 1905..This image, an iconic and evocative mother... more

Ellis Island Immigrant Portraits

Hine, Lewis Wickes.Slovak gra..h- Elis Is-1905.Slavic Mother & Child, Ellis Island (George Eastman House).Portrait of three women and a baby. Just arrived to Ellis Island along with hundreds of other immig... more

Ellis Island Immigrant Portraits

Hine, Lewis Wickes..Portrait of an Italian mother and child. Just arrived at Ellis Island along with hundreds of other immigrants that day. In search of a better life..USA 1905.."Lewis Hine, Passionate jou... more

Pipers.

Digital ID: 1206550. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. .Notes: Identified as 'Romanian shepherds' in Peter Mesenholler 'Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920' (c1905) p.6... more

Ellis Island - Romanian piper

Romanian piper, Ellis Island, by Augustus Francis Sherman

Romanian shepherd.

Digital ID: 418046. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [ca. 1906]. .Source: William Williams papers / Photographs of immigrants (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/expl... more

Serbian Gypsies.

Digital ID: 418043. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [ca. 1906]. .Notes: Identified in Peter Mesenholler 'Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920' (c1905) p.130: Rome fami... more

[Emigrants in "pens" at Ellis Island, New York, probably on or near Christmas --note the decorations]

Photograph shows room filled with immigrants sitting in numbered pens

Ruthenian woman.

Digital ID: 418034. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [ca. 1906]. .Source: William Williams papers / Photographs of immigrants (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/expl... more

Italian woman.

Digital ID: 418055. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [ca. 1906]. .Source: William Williams papers / Photographs of immigrants (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/expl... more

Russian Cossacks.

Digital ID: 418042. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [ca. 1906]. .Source: William Williams papers / Photographs of immigrants (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/expl... more

Ruthenian woman.

Digital ID: 418052. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [ca. 1906]. .Source: William Williams papers / Photographs of immigrants (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/expl... more

Serbian Gypsies

Author: Augustus Francis Sherman (1865–1925)

Climbing into America by Lewis Hine

"Climbing into America, Ellis Island," gelatin silver print, by the American photographer Lewis W. Hine. Yale University Art Gallery, gift of Lisa Rosenblum, B.A. 1975. Courtesy of Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Greek woman.

Digital ID: 418047. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [1909]. .Notes: Captioned print reproduced in Peter Mesenholler 'Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920' (c1905) p.78... more

Alsace-Lorraine girl.

Digital ID: 418033. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [ca. 1906]. .Notes: Identified as 'Girl from the Kochersberg region near Strasbourg, Alsace' in Peter Mesenholler 'Augustus F. Sherm... more

View of garden with trellises adjoining Ellis Island buildin...

Digital ID: 416757. View of garden with trellises adjoining Ellis Island building.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 28877.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( h... more

View of fountain in garden adjoining Ellis Island building.

Digital ID: 416787. 1902-1913. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/?col_id=165 ) ). .Repository: The New York Public Library. Photogr... more

View of the Immigration Station, Ellis Island (front side).

Digital ID: 416766. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 28938.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/?col_id=165 ) ... more

Another view of the ferry boat, as it nears Battery Park. Th...

Digital ID: 417070. Another view of the ferry boat, as it nears Battery Park. The building under construction (right of center) is the U.S. Customs House, built from 1902-1906.. 1902-1913. .Notes: This photo a... more

Ivy-covered exterior of Ellis Island building.

Digital ID: 416758. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 28878.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/?col_id=165 ) ... more

A group of immigrants, most wearing fezzes, surrounding a la...

Digital ID: 417073. A group of immigrants, most wearing fezzes, surrounding a large vessel which is decorated with the star and crescent symbol of the Moslem religion and the Ottoman Turks.. 1902-1913. .Source:... more

Large hall with tellers' cages marked 'money exchange' and '...

Digital ID: 416774. Large hall with tellers' cages marked 'money exchange' and 'railroad tickets to all points.'. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 29168.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Isl... more

Dutch children.

Digital ID: 1206545. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. .Notes: Identified in Peter Mesenholler 'Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920' (c1905) p.86: Dutch siblings from t... more

View of Ellis Island grounds with plantings; buildings to re...

Digital ID: 416760. View of Ellis Island grounds with plantings; buildings to rear.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 28880.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( ... more

A view of an Ellis Island pier; the boat docked here is mark...

Digital ID: 416781. A view of an Ellis Island pier; the boat docked here is marked 'Ellis Island' and 'Department of Commerce and Labor.'. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Source: Photographs of Ellis... more

An excellent view of the front facade of the Immigration Sta...

Digital ID: 416779. An excellent view of the front facade of the Immigration Station; a boat is docked in front.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 29177.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Isl... more

Group photograph of newly-arrived immigrants in native costu...

Digital ID: 417072. Group photograph of newly-arrived immigrants in native costumes, some with turbans, some with fezzes.. 1902-1913. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( http://digital... more

View of garden with greenhouse and arched trellises adjoinin...

Digital ID: 416759. View of garden with greenhouse and arched trellises adjoining Ellis Island structure.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 28879.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 19... more

Another view of Ellis Island from the harbor, but showing a ...

Digital ID: 416783. Another view of Ellis Island from the harbor, but showing a front view of the Immigration Station.. 1902-1913. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( http://digitalgal... more

View of Ellis Island buildings and two ferries at pier; appa...

Digital ID: 416767. View of Ellis Island buildings and two ferries at pier; apparently taken from atop the Immigration Station building.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 28939.. .Source: ... more

[View of one wing of the Immigration Station, Ellis Island, ...

Digital ID: 416773. [View of one wing of the Immigration Station, Ellis Island, showing New York skyline in the distance.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 29167.. .Source: Photographs of ... more

View of the New York skyline from the observation roof atop ...

Digital ID: 416768. View of the New York skyline from the observation roof atop one wing of the Immigration Station, Ellis Island.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 28940. Commissioner Wil... more

Immigrants undergoing medical examination.

Digital ID: 416754. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 28232.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/?col_id=165 ) ... more

View of one wing of the Immigration Station, Ellis Island.

Digital ID: 416772. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 29164.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/?col_id=165 ) ... more

Uncle Sam, host. Immigrants being served a free meal at Elli...

Digital ID: 416780. Uncle Sam, host. Immigrants being served a free meal at Ellis Island.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( http://digitalg... more

Dining hall on Ellis Island.

Digital ID: 416771. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 29162.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/?col_id=165 ) ... more

View of harbor from Ellis Island.

Digital ID: 416763. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 28933.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/?col_id=165 ) ... more

Immigrants Approaching Statue of Liberty

Immigrants Approaching Statue of Liberty. Created in the 1910's and according to Getty published in 1915. Author died in 1929.

Ferry, the Laura, at Ellis Island pier; part of the Immigrat...

Digital ID: 416764. Ferry, the Laura, at Ellis Island pier; part of the Immigration Station is visible at right.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 28895.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Isl... more

The pens at Ellis Island, main hall. These people have passe...

Digital ID: 416750. The pens at Ellis Island, main hall. These people have passed the first mental inspection.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 7442.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island... more

View of Ellis Island buildings, with garden and trellises in...

Digital ID: 416769. View of Ellis Island buildings, with garden and trellises in foreground.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 29019.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (mor... more

A view of Ellis Island taken from the harbor. At the center ...

Digital ID: 416782. A view of Ellis Island taken from the harbor. At the center is the Immigration Station; one of the boats in the pier is the John E. Moore.. 1902-1913. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1... more

Public Health Service officers examining immigrants arriving to Ellis Island

Public Health Service physicians checking immigrants arriving to the United States for signs of illness. The immigration law of 1891 made it mandatory that all immigrants coming into the United States undergo h... more

Immigrants seated on long benches, Main Hall, U.S. Immigrati...

Digital ID: 417074. Immigrants seated on long benches, Main Hall, U.S. Immigration Station.. ca. 1907-1912. .Notes: Commissioner Williams captioned this photograph 'Inspection floor as rearranged with benches.... more

Exterior of Ellis Island building, showing ivy-covered wall,...

Digital ID: 416761. Exterior of Ellis Island building, showing ivy-covered wall, porch and balcony with flower boxes, well-kept lawn and hedge.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 28881.. .S... more

Immigrants waiting in line for processing by Immigration Bur...

Digital ID: 416756. Immigrants waiting in line for processing by Immigration Bureau officials.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 28875.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (m... more

Similar to preceding view, but showing more of building at l...

Digital ID: 416788. Similar to preceding view, but showing more of building at left.. 1902-1913. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/... more

Another view of Ellis Island from the harbor, showing variou...

Digital ID: 416784. Another view of Ellis Island from the harbor, showing various buildings.. 1902-1913. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/... more

Passed and waiting to be taken off Ellis Island.

Digital ID: 416751. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 7448.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/?col_id=165 ) )... more

Detail of front entrance, U.S. Immigration Station, Ellis Is...

Digital ID: 416755. Detail of front entrance, U.S. Immigration Station, Ellis Island.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 28873.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ... more

Ferry boat, the Ellis Island, which is also marked Departmen...

Digital ID: 417069. Ferry boat, the Ellis Island, which is also marked Department of Commerce and Labor, U.S. Immigration Service.. 1902-1913. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( http:... more

A view of the front facade, Immigration Station, Ellis Islan...

Digital ID: 416785. A view of the front facade, Immigration Station, Ellis Island.. 1902-1913. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/?c... more

View of a long corridor within one of the Ellis Island build...

Digital ID: 416777. View of a long corridor within one of the Ellis Island buildings; a booth marked post office stands on the left.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 29172.. .Source: Phot... more

Buildings near Ellis Island pier; immigrants can be seen wit...

Digital ID: 416770. Buildings near Ellis Island pier; immigrants can be seen with trunks and luggage.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 29023.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1... more

Immigrant Station, Ellis Island, with ferry docked at adjace...

Digital ID: 416752. Immigrant Station, Ellis Island, with ferry docked at adjacent pier.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 7460.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more inf... more

View of part of the front facade of the Immigration Station;...

Digital ID: 416778. View of part of the front facade of the Immigration Station; the New York skyline is barely discernable through the haze in the background.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes:... more

View of garden and greenhouse on Ellis Island.

Digital ID: 416762. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 28883.. .Source: Photographs of Ellis Island, 1902-1913. (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/?col_id=165 ) ... more

Ready for travel and going north, south and west. Immigrants...

Digital ID: 416753. Ready for travel and going north, south and west. Immigrants with baggage lined up at teller's windows marked money exchange.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographer. 1902-1913. .Notes: No. 7465.. .... more

Large dining hall, empty except for about ten members of the...

Digital ID: 416775. Large dining hall, empty except for about ten members of the dining hall staff. The place settings consist of a worn porcelain-enameled plate, a fork and knife.. Levick, Edwin -- Photographe... more

German stowaway.

Digital ID: 418057. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [1911]. .Notes: Varient print reproduced in Peter Mesenholler 'Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920' (c1905) p.86 b... more

Gypsy family.

Digital ID: 1206546. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. .Notes: Identified in Peter Mesenholler 'Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920' (c1905) p.131: Rome family.. .Sourc... more

Guadeloupean woman.

Digital ID: 418039. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [1911]. .Source: William Williams papers / Photographs of immigrants (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/... more

Three women from Guadeloupe.

Digital ID: 1206544. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. .Source: William Williams papers / Photographs of immigrants (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/?col_id... more

Hindoo boy.

Digital ID: 418056. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [1911]. .Notes: Indentified in Peter Mesenholler 'Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920' (c1905) p.94 from another p... more

Greek soldier.

Digital ID: 464937. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [1911]. .Notes: Identified as 'Greek evzone or Palace Guard' in Peter Mesenholler 'Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-... more

Three Dutch women.

Digital ID: 1206548. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. .Notes: Identified as 'Mother and her two daughters from Zuid-Beveland, province of Zeeland, The Netherlands' in Peter Mesenholler ... more

Cossack man from the steppes of Russia.

Digital ID: 1206549. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. .Source: William Williams papers / Photographs of immigrants (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/?col_id... more

Immigrants leaving for New York from Ellis Island

Immigrants leaving for New York from Ellis Island

View of the New York skyline from Ellis Island. The Woolwort...

Digital ID: 416765. View of the New York skyline from Ellis Island. The Woolworth Building (the tallest building, at left) is under construction, which dates the photograph as c. 1912-13.. Levick, Edwin -- Phot... more

Immigrants arriving in New York from Ellis Island

Immigrants arriving in New York from Ellis Island, 1913

Immigrants arriving in New York from Ellis Island

Immigrants arriving in New York from Ellis Island

A derby-topped gentleman observing the harbor form the obser...

Digital ID: 416776. A derby-topped gentleman observing the harbor form the observation roof on one wing of the Immigration Station. The gentleman is possibly William Williams, Commissioner of Immigration at Ell... more

Romanian women.

Digital ID: 418027. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [ca. 1906-1914]. .Source: William Williams papers / Photographs of immigrants (more info ( http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital... more