On August 1, 2005 the Battery Conservancy launched to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the immigrant depot at Castle Garden on August 1, 1855.

The electronic database project is led by Dr. Ira Glazier, former Director of The Center for Migration Research at The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies and Immigration. will be a vital resource for the general public and for scholars interested in the history of immigration through the Port of New York.

The historical records used by are held by and available for research at the U. S. National Archives and Records Administration, New York City.