Connecting People, Traditions & Generations

Augustus Sherman was the chief registry clerk on Ellis Island from 1892 to 1925. As an amateur photographer, he took pictures of immigrants who came through customs in the clothing of their native countries.

Over 12 million immigrants entered America through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954, and it has been estimated that 40% of Americans have ancestors that came through the Ellis Island gateway.

Sherman’s photographs of immigrants capture the traditional garb of the Netherlands, Greece, Russia, Germany, Albania, Denmark, Scandinavia, Guadeloupe, Italy, Norway, Romania, and many other countries. They provide fascinating examples of America’s diverse history and heritage.

See the photos.