Dated June 4, 1943, this Declaration of Intention is part of the naturalization record for actor Yul Brynner.
Declaration of Intention for Jules Bryner (also Youl Bryner), 06/04/1943
This is an identification certificate, issued by the Imperial Chinese government via the Consulate General in San Fransisco, dated in 1891. The certificate was one way in which Chinese-American immigrants could vouch for their identity and their eligibility to work and reside in the US. Proof of identity and residency was necessary (and very important) under the laws enacted with the Chinese Exclusion Act.
This document is part of a series of general case files for the US District Court in Los Angeles. The records are held at the National Archives at Riverside.
Observing Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
To pay tribute to the many generations of Asian-Pacific Americans that have enriched our nation’s history, the National Archives at Riverside will be highlighting some of our holdings relating to Asian American history in our region (Southern California, Arizona, and Clark County, NV), including records relating to enforcement of the Chinese Exclusion Act, records relating to Japanese internment and relocation, and many more.
For more information about Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, see http://asianpacificheritage.gov/