Angel Island Oral Histories

The Angel Island Oral History Project was an initiative of the Pacific Regional Humanities Center (PRHC), which in 2007 was absorbed into the UC Davis Humanities Institute as the California Cultures Initiative. Created to generate and broker humanities research and public programs for the Pacific United States and Territories–California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Marianas, the PRHC emphasized the study of “place” in its many dimensions, particularly alternative mappings of region that elude or defy conventional political or territorial boundaries. From 2003 through 2006, UC Davis students collected oral histories from immigrants who came through the Angel Island Immigration Station from 1910 to 1940. Those conversations can be accessed here at the UC escholarship portal, a service of the California Digital Library.