Between 1892 and 1954, millions of immigrants arrived at Ellis Island in New York in search of the American dream. In the early 1900s, amateur photographer Augustus Sherman worked as a clerk at the immigration station. He snapped hundreds of the new arrivals dressed in the traditional garments of their countries of origin. Experts are now working to colourise some of his photographs, which are housed in the New York Public Library, using a process that marries historical research with cutting edge science. Head over to Buzzfeed to see the remarkable results of their work.
A hobbyist photographer who worked as a clerk on Ellis Island in the early 1900s had an eye for snapping the traditional dress worn by arriving European migrants. Now part of the New York Public Library collection, Augustus Sherman's images give a rare glimpse on the old cultures that made new roots in the new world. Click on the picture below to see a gallery of Sherman's fascinating works.
It is estimated that a third of the population of the United States can trace their ancestry back to families who first arrived at Ellis Island. For more than half a century, until its closure in 1954, this was the busiest immigration centre in the country, and the first piece of American soil that many people ever set foot upon. In autumn 1950, photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt visited the island and took a series of images for LIFE magazine. A selection of these, never before published, are now featured on the magazine's website.
To see the pictures, and to learn more about their history, click on the photograph below.