Utilizing publicly available documents from NARA’s collections, Keeping Records and the Golden Gate: U.S. Immigration Control and Pacific Migrations uses Wax, a sustainable minimal computing project, to build online collections and history exhibitions. The goal of Keeping Records and the Golden Gate is twofold:
First, it catalogues government immigration documents known as “A-Files” with expansive and key-word searchable metadata, making these files far more accessible to researchers, educators, and students than what is currently available from NARA.
Second, the digital exhibition component of Keeping Records and the Golden Gate exposes the imperial project of the United States in the Pacific as it appears in government records pertaining to immigration. These exhibits show the mechanisms of migration control, the inner-workings and development of the United States’ immigration system, the impact it had on migrants, and the connection between U.S. foreign policy and immigration restriction.