Alien Deportation Image Library
Books, brochures, articles, and other ephemera provided photographs and Illustrations of the conditions and experiences of aliens deported from Ellis Island in New York from the late 1800s through World War I. Students and Family Historians are welcome to use these photographs to illustrate your reports and family histories.
Undesirable Emigrants Held at Ellis Island to be Sent Back to Their Home Country by the Steamship Company that Brought Them. 1902 Halftone reproduction of photograph in Quarantine sketches, a pamphlet published as advertising by the Maltine Co.  Library of Congress # 93512789. GGA Image ID # 148476c613
Detention Pen On the Roof of the Main Building at Ellis Island, Where Emigrants Held for Deportation May Go in Fine Weather. 1902 Quarantine Setches. The Maltine Company. Library of Congress # 96506924. GGA Image ID # 148480ecb4
Detention Pen — on Roof of Main Building, Ellis Island, Where Emigrants Held for Deportation May Go in Fine Weather. The Maltine Company, Quarantine Sketches, 1902. GGA Image ID # 14ad2adfa7
Held at Ellis Island — Undesirable Emigrants to Be Taken Back by Steamship Company That Brought Them. The Maltine Company, Quarantine Sketches, 1902. GGA Image ID # 14ad5c51b4
Rejected Emigrants Awaiting Return to Their Country of Origin. Not merely the dangerous elements are refused admission, but those who for reasons of ill health of mind or body, or inability to work, are likey to prove a hinderance rather than a help. On the Trail of the Immigrant, 1906. GGA Image ID # 147e163152
Detained Hungarian Immigrants. The GIrl Ran Away with Her Husband's Brother, Whom She Tried to Pass as Her Husband. Both are Sent Back. The Home Missionary, March 1909. GGA Image ID # 149aeb3f12
A Young Immigrant Woman Receives Bad News About Her Husband to Be: Telegram from the West, "He is Dead." She Must Go Back. The Home Missionary, March 1909. GGA Image ID # 149b3c2442
An Immigrant Family Comes to America to Find Father. The father ran away to America and married another woman, and a former husband turns up unexpectedly. The family must go back, and the difficulty cleared in the home country. The Home Missionary, March 1909. GGA Image ID # 149b4d9f1f
Political Cartoon, "Now for a Round-up" by William Allen Rogers, Artist, 1918. Drawing shows Uncle Sam rounding-up men labeled "Spy," "Traitor," "IWW," "Germ[an] money," and "Sinn Fein" with the United States Capitol in the background displaying a flag that states "Sedition law passed" referring to the Sedition Act of 1918. Library of Congress # 2010717793. GGA Image ID # 15447f84ef
By Charles Recht, General Counsel of the New York Bureau of Legal Advice.
Emma Goldman seated on a streetcar with a man, possibly attorney Harry Weinberger, seated between her and Alexander Berkman; also, in the background, above Weinberger's head is Uncle Sam on a recruitment poster "First Call". Photo taken 20 June 1917. Emma Goldman, along with Alexander Berkman, were indicted in June 1917, for inciting to disrupt military recruitment in New York City, N.Y. George Grantham Bain Collection. Library of Congress # 2017648268. GGA Image ID # 148e7ac6e6
Woman Attorney for Banished "Reds," at Ellis Island. © Underwood & Underwood 15 February 1919 U&U # 165-WW 429 P1228 AU. War Department. National Archives & Records Administration 165-WW-429P-1228. NARA # 45532730. GGA Image ID # 14e1b533a4
Woman Attorney for Banished "Reds," at Ellis Island. Caroline Lowe, Attorney for Industiral Workers of the World (I.W.W.), Who was Rushed to New York from Chicago in an Endeavor to Stop Deportation of Foreign Mal-Contents. Government Officials Refused to Permit Her to Interview Prisoners on Ellis Island, Awaiting Deportation. © Underwood & Underwood 15 February 1919 War Department. National Archives & Records Administration 165-WW-429P-1228. NARA # 45532730. GGA Image ID # 14e1b533a5
In 1919, the IWW sent her to New York City to help Carl Recht on deportation cases occurring in Seattle, Washington: 53 IWW aliens were being sent to Ellis Island for deportation. These deportation efforts arose from the 1919 Seattle General Strike, handled by IWW defender George Vanderveer. Recht and Lowe wrote a 200-page report on their findings, which they presented to Immigration and Labor representatives: they saved some 30 from deportation. On February 10, 1919, she gave a speech entitled "The Disillusions of Democracy" at an IWW People's Council fundraiser in New York City.
Anarchist Activist Emma Goldman (1869-1940), Wearing a Tag with the Number 38, Probably Right Before She Was Deported From the United States to the Soviet Union in December 1919. George Grantham Bain Collection. Library of Congress # 2014710080. GGA Image ID # 148e1244a8
Anna Manson, a Russian Woman Who Was Arrested in the Offices of a Russian Publication in New York City and sent to Ellis Island to Be Deported. Photograph Published In The Ogden Standard (Ogden City, Utah) January 27, 1920, and the New York Herald, Jan. 8, 1920. George Grantham Bain Collection. Library of Congress # 2014710216. GGA Image ID # 148d7992ea
Deportees and Repatriates Leaving the Transcontinental Train at Jersey City on Their Way to Ellis Island, to Be Returned to Their Native Lands at Government Expense. Photo Courtesy of "The News," New York. nd circa 1920s. The Chronicle of Ellis Island, 1935. GGA Image ID # 14df89616e