National Archives at Atlanta

National Archives at Atlanta

3 Items

Assesses and collects customs fees and penalties. Intercepts and seizes contraband, including narcotics and illegal drugs. Processes persons, carriers, cargo, and mail into and out of the United States. Administers navigation laws. Detects and apprehends violators of customs laws. Enforces export control laws. Cooperates with other federal agencies and foreign governments in suppressing illegal traffic in narcotics and pornography. Collects international trade statistics.

Historical functions of the Customs Service included administration of navigation aids and lighthouses, transferred to Lighthouse Board by act of August 31, 1852 (10 Stat. 119); and functions relating to the protection of seamen, and to revenue cutters, transferred to Revenue Marine Division (later Revenue Cutter Service) in 1871. The Bureau of Customs assumed responsibility for vessel documentation by EO 9083, February 28, 1942, which abolished the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation.

Concerns over Bolsheviks

Bolshevik Propaganda

June 1919

These documents from U.S. Customs pertains to individuals suspected of having Bolshevik contacts. Less than two years after the Russian Revolution...

Tags: Espionage | Florida | Propaganda
Bolshevik Propaganda

Bolshevik Concerns


As early as 1918, U.S. Customs Intelligence was monitoring communist publications entering the country, including the constitution of...

Tags: Communism | Florida

Customs Quarantine

Various Dates

The Public Health Service was responsible for the quarantine of arriving vessels to verify the health and sanitation of their contents...

Tags: Foreign Countries | Health | Quarantine | South Carolina