Ships Passenger 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 index for Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese passengers can be searched for by name in our Digital Collection, Index to Passenger Manifests. Check the About page for more information. The indexes for other ethnicities are in the process of being scanned and uploaded, they are accessible in our Research Room.
Passenger Manifests are on microfilm 73 and 50, and generally include:
- names of family members
- country of origin
- date of arrival
- date of departure
- ship’s name
The microfilms are now accessible via our Digital Archives, Records of Passenger Arrivals and Departures
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. The microfilm scans can be accessed via our Digital Archives, Passenger Lists.
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.
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.