Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Savannah, Ga.
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Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Savannah, Ga.

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: United States. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Title: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Savannah, Ga.
Dates: 1906-1945
Extent: 0.08 cubic feet (4 microfilm boxes)
Identification: MS 5930

Biographical/Historical Note

A federal act of 1882 established procedures for recording immigrants arriving in the United States. The records maintained by federal immigration officials were often called immigration passenger lists of manifests.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a microfilm copy of "Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Savannah, Ga., 1905-1945," a portion of the National Archives and Records Administration's "Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1891-1857." The National Archives microfilm copies of the passenger lists vary in information and content. Generally the lists contain the following information: name of master of vessel, name of vessel, names of ports of embarkation and arrival, date of arrival, name of passenger, age, gender, marital status, occupation, nationality, last residence, final destination, whether the passenger had been in the U.S. before, and if so, the relative's name, address, and kinship to the passenger. The format of passenger lists was revised in 1903 to include race. In 1906 they added personal description and birthplace, and in 1907 they included name and address of nearest relative in the immigrant's home country. Immigration passenger lists include the names not only of immigrants but also of visitors and U.S. citizens returning from abroad.

Index Terms

Emigration and immigration.
Ocean travel.
Passenger lists.
Savannah (Ga.)
United States. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Location of Originals

Original records in the National Archives.

Technical Access Restrictions

A microfilm reader is required to access this collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, Savannah (Ga.) passenger lists, MS 5930, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1X-5930-01, June 5, 1906 - June 19, 1917


2X-5930-02, July 15, 1917 - May 22, 1923


3X-5930-03, June 18, 1923 - June 10, 1934


4X-5930-04, April 1944 - December 1945