Ships Passenger Manifests


ships manifests

The Archives has indexed all the Ships Passengers Manifests from 1843-1900 in its collection according to the person’s nationality, and then alphabetically by last name. There is also an index not organized by nationality, but alphabetically for the years 1880-1900. These passengers were usually tourists or residents, and not contract laborers.

The Archives also has a copy of Ships Passenger Manifests from Feb.1900-Jan.1921.  There is a chronological listing of arrival dates, port of departure and the ship’s name.

In 1900, the U.S. Federal government, through its agency Immigration and Naturalization Service, took over all immigration functions from the Hawaiian government. This included the documenting of ship’s passengers arrivals & departures.

You can also search our Digital Collection, Index to Passenger Manifests, by name. Names for the Chinese and Japanese passengers are being continually added, check their About page for more information.


Passenger Manifests are on microfilm 73 and 50, and generally include:

  • name
  • age
  • profession
  • names of family members
  • country of origin
  • date of arrival
  • date of departure
  • ship’s name
  • port

NOTE: Arrivals from Feb.1900-July 1916, are from foreign countries only, and arrivals Aug.1916-Jan.1921 include the U.S. but from San Francisco only.

These microfilms are copies of records from the federal agency formerly known as the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). These records have then been transferred to the National Archives – Pacific Region branch.