This film, by Gottfried Wilhelm "Billy" Bitzer of the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, was among the first films of this accomplished cameraman.
It is reminiscent of contemporary films of Ellis Island shot by the Edison Manufacturing Company.
Annie departed from Queenstown (County Cork, Ireland) on December 20, 1891 aboard the S. They were processed through Ellis Island the following morning, New Year's Day.
Entrants were interrogated–often by officials who could not speak their language–and given medical examinations.
From 1820 to 1920, more than 4 million people left their native shores of Ireland bound for the Port of New York and a new life in America.
When Ellis Island officially opened on January 1, 1892, the first passenger registered through the now world-famous immigration station was a young Irish girl named Annie Moore. The trio would spend 12 days at sea (including Christmas Day), arriving in New York on Thursday evening, December 31.
It depicts scenes at the Immigration Depot and a nearby dock on Ellis Island.
It appears to show, first, a group of immigrants lined up to board a vessel leaving the island, then another group arriving at the island and being directed off of the dock and into the depot by a uniformed official.
"My sons left for Australia last March and have no intentions of ever living in Ireland again only to visit me their mother and brothers here," she wrote online.