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New Mexico Alien Arrivals, 1917-1954
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New Mexico, 
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Record Description
Record Type Alien Arrival Manifests
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1917-1954
Microfilm Publication A3370. Manifests of Alien Arrivals at Columbus, New Mexico, 1917-1954. 7 rolls rolls.
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This collection contains manifests of over 15,000 alien arrivals at Columbus, New Mexico. It corresponds with NARA Publication A3370 Manifests of Alien Arrivals at Columbus, New Mexico,1917-1954. The records are part of Record Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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  • Date of arrival and place
  • Destination and address of person
  • Physical description
  • Purpose of visit

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