"Forms for Immigrant Entry," Catholic Charitable Bureau of Boston, 1921


Arrival of immigrant brides-to-be in the United States, 1911
Courtesy of the Library of Congress

The two documents included here were used by the local Boston Catholic Charitable Bureau before the establishment of the NCWC's immigration office in the city. The information gathered through these immigrant entry forms assisted case workers in keeping records of immigrants, which was especially when immigrants married.


Forms for Immigrant Entry


As you read the document, reflect on the following questions:

  • What details about the method of arrival were required by the first immigrant form?
  • Why do you think it was important for the CCB to keep a record of immigrant marriages?
  • How do you think these forms aided the CCB in assisting these immigrants? Which detail might have been most important?