Augustus Francis Sherman was an amateur photographer and the chief registry clerk at Ellis island during its busiest time. In 1907 over 1 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island – 3,000 to 5,000 a day. Some of these migrants had to spend an extended time there and August Francis Sherman was able to persuade them to put on their best clothes for a photograph. Most of these photographs were taken between 1906 – 1912.
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