Launched in 2013, the First Days Project is a community-based digital archive that collects and shares "stories of immigrants' first experiences in the United States." Here, readers will find over four hundred personal accounts of immigrants, refugees, and tourists from all over the world sharing memories of the beginnings of their experiences in the US as written stories, oral histories, and videos. Visitors can browse these stories via a map based on where people came from and where they initially arrived, and they can also browse a gallery of stories which can be filtered by country of origin, US state of arrival, and by year, with stories going as far back as 1939. Examples include an audio and transcribed interview with Isabel Loomis, who arrived in Washington, D.C. from Costa Rica in 1951 at the age of 17 and now lives in Seattle, and a written account by Ulrika Haglund, who traveled from Sweden to New York in 2014 at the age of 21 and now lives in Massachusetts. The First Days Project is presented by the South Asian American Digital Archive, a nonprofit organization led by Samip Mallick, who is the former director of the Ranganathan Center for Digital Information at the University of Chicago Library.
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