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Historical Library
Our library was founded to track the history and implementation of federal immigration policy from the creation of the Immigration Bureau in 1891 to the activities of USCIS today. Among the library's frequent patrons are scholars, students, journalists, attorneys, and many others with an interest in the history of immigration and nationality law, policy, and agency programs.
The Historical Reference Library does not hold or provide access to any genealogical records.  This service is provided by the USCIS Genealogy Program, which is a fee-based service that provides family historians and other researchers with access to historical immigration and naturalization records. 
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