National Archives at San Francisco Opens Immigration Center

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The (USA) National Archives announced the opening of the Immigration Center Files and dedication to the Tom Lantos* Research Center.  The National Archives and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services joined to have the Alien Files (commonly known as the A-Files) re-designated as permanent records of  historical value.  The A-Files are immigration records created for each of the millions of aliens residing the United States since 1944.  The dedication was May 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM.  One of the dedication participants wass Jeremy Frankel, President,  San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society.  To read more see:

The only A-files that will be housed at the Tom Lantos Research Center will be for Guam, Hawaii, Reno NV and San Francisco. All other A-Files are housed at the Kansas City Regional Archives office once the A-file subject is 100 years old.  (This was reported on this forum September 3, 2012 and the original press release is available at

There are approximately 50,000 files that have been released to the San Bruno, CA Regional National Archives- Tom Lantos Research Center.- all born before 1910. They will be released to this center in 5-year blocks, therefore, in 2015 they will receive those people born between 1910-1915 from the four geographic areas mentioned in the paragraph above. These files will be screened so that others mentioned in the files that are less than 100-years are not released.  You can contact the center at:

* Tom Lantos was the only  Holocaust survivor to have serve in the U.S. Congress. He was born in Budapest Hungary and served in the US Congress for 13 terms representing the northern two-thirds of San Mateo County and a small portion of southwest San Francisco. He died in 2008.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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