Ethnic and Immigrant History

Antique Chest

New York is a state of immigrants.  As early as the 1640s, when New Amsterdam had fewer than one thousand residents, eighteen different languages were being spoken on the streets.  By the mid-19th century more immigrants came through New York City than anywhere in the county.  Even today recent immigrants choose to make New York State home.  Our collections include objects used and made by immigrants as well as objects made for immigrants.