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Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1891--1957

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Record Group 85

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina

  • Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Ports in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, 1890--1924. T517. 26 rolls. 16mm.

Baltimore, Maryland

  • Index (Soundex) to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, MD, 1897--1952. T520. 43 rolls. PDF format 16mm.

  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, MD, 1891--1909. T844. 150 rolls. PDF format
    (Rolls 78-150 are new listings.) The manifests were filmed as they appeared in bound volumes. Date spans may overlap.

  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, MD, 1954-1957. M1477. 34 rolls. PDF format

Boston, Massachusetts

  • Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, MA, Jan. 1, 1902--June 30, 1906. T521. 11 rolls. PDF format 16mm.

  • Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, MA, July 1, 1906--December 31, 1920. T617. 11 rolls. PDF format 16mm.
    This index is arranged in rough alphabetical order.

  • Book Indexes to Boston Passenger Lists, 1899--1940. T790. 107 rolls. PDF format
    There are no book indexes for 1901.

  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, MA, 1891--1943. T843. 454 rolls. PDF format
    These records were filmed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service as they appeared in volumes. The volumes do not necessarily end on December 31 of the year. There may be two volumes bearing the same date span.

  • Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, MA, 1917--1943. T938. 269 rolls. PDF format

Detroit, Michigan

  • Card Manifests (Alphabetical) of Entries through the Port of Detroit, MI, 1906-1954. M1478. 117 rolls. PDF format

  • Passenger and Alien Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at the Port of Detroit, MI, 1946--1957. M1479. 23 rolls. PDF format

Galveston, Texas

  • Indexes to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston, TX, 1896--1906. M1357. 3 rolls. PDF format 16mm.

  • Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston, TX, 1906--1951. M1358. 7 rolls. PDF format 16mm.
    This is an alphabetical index to the names of passengers arriving at Galveston and the subports of Houston and Brownsville, Texas beginning in October 1906.

  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston, TX, 1896--1951. M1359.
    36 rolls. PDF format
    This microfilm publication reproduces passenger manifests of vessels arriving at Galveston and the subports of Houston, Brownsville, Port Arthur, Sabine, and Texas City, Texas. The early lists are shipping company manifests. The later lists are on Immigration and Naturalization Service forms. The lists are arranged chronologically by date of arrival beginning in January 1896.

    Some lists are annotated to show the date of admission as a resident alien or date of naturalization. Some entries are stamped "debarred" if the alien was not allowed to enter the United States. Some of the lists include names of U.S. citizens returning from abroad.

    Roll 1 includes several lists from 1893, but none from 1894 or 1895. Roll 14 contains one list for September 16, 1911, and both rolls 32 and 33 include lists for 1938. On rolls 24 and 29, the first list was filmed out of order. Roll 24 includes several lists that are very difficult to read due to poor focus having been used during the filming process.

Gloucester, Massachusetts

  • Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Gloucester, MA, 1918--1943. T941. 13 rolls. PDF format

Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi

  • Index to Passengers Arriving at Gulfport, MS, August 27, 1904--August 28, 1954; and at Pascagoula, MS, July 15, 1903--May 21, 1935. T523. 1 roll. PDF format 16mm.

Key West, Florida

  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Key West, FL, 1898--1945. T940. 122 rolls. PDF format

New Bedford, Massachusetts

  • Index to Passengers Arriving at New Bedford, MA, July 1, 1902--November 18, 1954. T522. 2 rolls. PDF format 16mm.

  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Bedford, MA, 1902--1942. T944. 8 rolls. PDF format

  • Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Bedford, MA, 1917--1943. T942. 2 rolls. PDF format

New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, LA, 1900--1952. T618. 22 rolls. PDF format 16mm.

  • Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, LA, 1910--1945. T905. 189 rolls. PDF format

  • Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, LA, 1910--1945. T939. 311 rolls. PDF format

New York, New York

  • Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, NY, June 16, 1897--June 30, 1902. T519. 115 rolls. PDF format 16mm.

  • Index (Soundex) to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, NY, July 1, 1902--December 31, 1943. T621. 755 rolls. PDF format 16mm.

  • Book Indexes to New York Passenger Lists, 1906--1942. T612. 807 rolls. PDF format
    These alphabetical indexes to passenger manifests are grouped by shipping line and arranged chronologically by date of arrival in the Port of New York. There is an index for each vessel.

  • Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, NY, 1897--1957. T715. 8,892 rolls. PDF format

  • Index (Soundex) to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at the Port of New York, 1944-48. M1417. 94 rolls. PDF format 16mm.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Index (Soundex) to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Philadelphia, PA, January 1, 1883--June 28, 1948. T526. 61 rolls. PDF format 16mm.

  • Book Indexes to Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1906--1926. T791. 23 rolls. PDF format

  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Philadelphia, PA, 1883--1945. T840. 181 rolls. PDF format

Portland, Maine

  • Index to Passengers Arriving at Portland, ME, January 29, 1893--November 22, 1954. T524. 1 roll. PDF format 16mm.

  • Book Indexes to Portland, ME, Passenger Lists, 1907--1930. T793. 12 rolls. PDF format

  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Portland, ME, November 29, 1893--March 1943. T1151. 35 rolls. PDF format
    The Immigration and Naturalization Service filmed these records as they appeared in volumes. The date spans overlap and gaps appear as indicated in the listings below. The records are arranged by volume letter or number.

Providence, Rhode Island

  • Index to Passengers Arriving at Providence, RI, June 18, 1911--October 5, 1954. T518. 2 rolls. PDF format

  • Book Indexes to Providence Passenger Lists, 1911--1934. T792. 15 rolls. PDF format

  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Providence, RI, 1911--1943. T1188. 48 rolls. PDF format

St. Albans, Vermont, District

  • Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, VT, District, 1895--1924. M1461. 400 rolls. PDF format (Roll 218 not used). 16mm.

  • Alphabetical Index to Canadian Border Entries through Small Ports in Vermont, 1895--1924. M1462. 6 rolls. PDF format 16mm.
    This microfilm publication reproduces alphabetical indexes to records of arrivals through various small ports in Vermont. The records include permanent and temporary admissions on Record of Registry, on card manifests, or Primary Inspection Memoranda. Some have photographs of the alien.

  • Soundex Index to Entries into the St. Albans, VT, District through Canadian Pacific and Atlantic Ports 1924-1952. M1463. 98 rolls. 16mm.

  • Manifests of Passengers Arriving in the St. Albans, VT, District through Canadian Pacific and Atlantic Ports, 1895--1954. M1464. 640 rolls. PDF format

  • Manifests of Passengers Arriving in the St. Albans, VT, District through Canadian Pacific Ports, 1929--49. M1465. 25 rolls. PDF format

San Francisco, California

  • Indexes to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Francisco, CA, 1893--1934. M1389. 28 rolls. PDF format 16mm.
    This microfilm publication reproduces three alphabetical card indexes to passenger arrival records for the port of San Francisco, May 1, 1893--May 9, 1934. The first 21 rolls reproduce the general index to passengers. The second alphabetical index on rolls 22--27, relates to individuals arriving from the Philippines, from Honolulu (September 30, 1902--June 12, 1907), and from Insular Possesions (May 28, 1907--October 28, 1911).

    The records, which are arranged alphabetically by name of passenger, were extracted from the San Francisco passenger lists. Each entry provides the date of arrival and the vessel name. In the upper right hand corner of each index card there is a reference to the manifest number, the page number, and the line number on which the passenger's name appears. For example, 10383/15/23 refers to manifest number 10383, page 15, line 23.

    These records were transferred to the National Archives on microfilm. Errors in arrangement and ommissions cannot be corrected. Defective images, which were identified when the records were filmed, were microfilmed again, and the corrections were spliced on the beginning of each roll as retakes.

  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Francisco, CA, 1893--1953. M1410. 429 rolls. PDF format

  • Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Francisco, CA, December 1, 1954--February 1, 1957. M1411. 19 rolls. PDF format
    Inbound passenger manifests, crew lists, and related form I- 489 (statement of changes in crew). Arranged in chronological order by date of arrival. Passenger lists are form I-415 (manifest of inbound passengers, alien) and I-416 (manifest of inbound passengers, US citizens or nationals). These records were transferred to the National Archives on microfilm. Errors in arrangement and omissions cannot be corrected. Defective images, which were identified when the records were filmed, were microfilmed again, and the corrections were spliced on the beginning of each roll as "retakes." There is a gap between September 18, 1955 and November 8, 1955.

  • Customs Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Francisco, CA, January 2, 1903--April 1, 1918. M1412. 13 rolls. PDF format
    This microfilm publication reproduces copies of U. S. Customs Service passenger lists filed by masters of vessels entering the port of San Francisco between January 2, 1903 and April 1, 1918. The records were used by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to supplement the lists filed with immigration officials in the same port.

    The records are arranged chronologically by date of arrival. The lists were originally bound in volumes and are microfilmed as they appeared in the volumes. At the beginning of each of the volumes is a typed list of vessels.

  • Registers of Chinese Laborers Arriving at San Francisco, CA, 1882--88. M1413. 12 rolls. PDF format

  • Lists of Chinese Passengers Arriving at San Francisco, CA, 1888--1914. M1414. 32 rolls. PDF format

  • Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Francisco, CA, December 28, 1905--October 30, 1954. M1416. 174 rolls. PDF format

  • Alien Crew Manifests of Vessels Arriving at San Francisco, CA, California, Sept. 1, 1896--Sept. 24, 1921. M1436. 8 rolls. PDF format
    Arranged chronologically by date of arrival, these passenger manifest forms list alien seamen admitted to the United States. There are very few lists dated before 1902.

  • Indexes to Vessels Arriving at San Francisco, CA, 1882--1957. M1437. 2 rolls. PDF format 16mm.

  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Francisco, CA, from Insular Possessions, 1907--1911. M1438. 2 rolls. PDF format

  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Francisco, CA, from Honolulu, HI, Sept. 30, 1902--May 17, 1907. M1494. 1 roll. PDF format

  • Lists of Chinese Applying for Admission to the United States through the Port of San Francisco, 1903-1947. M1476. 27 rolls. PDF format

Savannah, Georgia

  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Savannah, GA, 1906--1945. T943. 4 rolls. PDF format

Seattle, Washington, and Other Washington Ports

  • Lists of Chinese Passengers Arriving at Seattle [Port Townsend], WA, 1882--1916. M1364. 10 rolls. PDF format
    This microfilm publication reproduces lists of Chinese passengers arriving at Seattle and Port Townsend, WA, from 1882--1916. The lists are arranged chronologically by date of arrival beginning in June 1882.

  • Certificates of Head Tax Paid by Aliens Arriving at Seattle, WA, from Foreign Contiguous Territory, 1917--1924. M1365. 10 rolls. PDF format 16mm.

  • Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Seattle, WA, 1890--1957. M1383. 357 rolls. PDF format

  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Seattle, WA, 1949--54. M1398. 5 rolls. PDF format

  • Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Seattle, WA, 1903--1917. M1399. 15 rolls.

  • Customs Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Port Townsend and Tacoma, WA, 1894-1909. M1484. 1 roll.

  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Seattle, WA, from Insular Possessions, 1908-1917. M1485. 1 roll.

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