Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service [INS]
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Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service [INS]

(Record Group 85)
1787-1993 (bulk 1882-1957)

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 85.1 Administrative History
  • 85.2 Headquarters Records of INS and its Predecessors
    1882-1955

    • 85.2.1 General records
    • 85.2.2 Records of the Division of Citizenship Training
    • 85.2.3 Records of the Federal Council of Citizenship Training
    • 85.2.4 Records relating to Chinese immigration and residence
    • 85.2.5 Records relating to registration of aliens
    • 85.2.6 Records relating to the assassination of President Kennedy
  • 85.3 Passenger Arrival Records
    1882-1957

    • 85.3.1 Passenger arrival lists (ship)
    • 85.3.2 Passenger arrival lists (air)
    • 85.3.3 Vessel crew lists
    • 85.3.4 Nunc pro Tunc (“Now for Then”) records
  • 85.4 Records of Alien Enemy Internment Camps
    1917-19, 1935-51

    • 85.4.1 Records of the World War I internment camp at Hot Springs, NC
    • 85.4.2 Records of World War II internment camps
  • 85.5 District Office Records of INS and its Predecessors
    1787-1976

    • 85.5.1 Records of INS District No. 2 (Boston, MA)
    • 85.5.2 Records of INS District No. 3 (New York, NY)
    • 85.5.3 Records of INS District No. 4 (Philadelphia, PA)
    • 85.5.4 Records of INS District No. 5 (Baltimore, MD)
    • 85.5.5 Records of INS District No. 9 (Chicago, IL)
    • 85.5.6 Records of INS District No. 10 (St. Paul, MN)
    • 85.5.7 Records of INS District No. 12 (Seattle, WA)
    • 85.5.8 Records of INS District No. 13 (San Francisco, CA)
    • 85.5.9 Records of INS District No. 14 (San Antonio, TX)
    • 85.5.10 Records of INS District No. 15 (El Paso, TX)
    • 85.5.11 Records of INS District No. 16 (Los Angeles, CA)
    • 85.5.12 Records of INS District No. 17 (Honolulu, HI)
    • 85.5.13 Records of INS District No. 28 (New Orleans, LA)
    • 85.5.14 Records of INS District No. 31 (Portland, OR)
  • 85.6 Cartographic Records (General)
  • 85.7 Motion Pictures (General)
  • 85.8 Sound Recordings (General)
  • 85.9 Machine-Readable Records (General)
    1971-93

85.1 Administrative History

Established: In the Department of Labor by EO 6166, June 10,
1933.

Predecessor Agencies:

In the Department of State:

  • Secretary of State (1819-64)
  • Commissioner of Immigration (1864-68)
  • Secretary of State (1868-74)

In the Department of the Treasury:

  • Secretary of the Treasury (1869-91)
  • Office of the Superintendent of Immigration (1891-95)
  • Bureau of Immigration (1895-1903)

In the Department of Commerce and Labor:

  • Bureau of Immigration (1903-6)
  • Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (1906-13)

In the Department of Labor:

  • Bureau of Immigration (1913-33)
  • Bureau of Naturalization (1913-33)

Transfers: To the Department of Justice by President’s
Reorganization Plan No. V of 1940, effective June 14, 1940.

Functions: Administers laws relating to admission, exclusion,
deportation, and naturalization of aliens, and investigates
alleged violations of those laws. Patrols U.S. borders to prevent
unlawful entry of aliens. Supervises naturalization work in
designated courts. Registers and fingerprints aliens in the
United States.

Finding Aids: Preliminary inventory in National Archives
microfiche edition of preliminary inventories.

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Immigration
and Naturalization Service and its predecessors in RG 287,
Publications of the U.S. Government.

85.2 Headquarters Records of INS and its Predecessors
1882-1957

History: Secretary of State responsible under the Passenger Act
(3 Stat. 488), March 2, 1819, for submitting immigration
statistics to Congress. A Commissioner of Immigration, to
supervise immigration and direct the work of the U.S. Emigrant
Office in New York City, was established within the Department of
State by the Immigration Act (13 Stat. 385), July 4, 1864.
Commissioner assumed also the responsibility for preparing annual
immigration statistics. This latter responsibility was resumed by
the Secretary upon abolishment of the position of Commissioner of
Immigration by an act of March 30, 1868 (15 Stat. 58).
Immigration statistics were also collected by the Department of
the Treasury beginning in 1869, and by an act of May 7, 1874 (18
Stat. 42), they were made a responsibility solely of the
Secretary of the Treasury. Beginning with the Chinese Exclusion
Act (22 Stat. 58), May 6, 1882, and the Immigration Act (22 Stat.
214), August 3, 1882, Congress enacted a series of laws intending
to restrict immigration into the United States of undesired alien
groups, to forbid importation of contract laborers, and to
provide a means for the apprehension and deportation of illegal
immigrants, vesting their implementation in the Secretary of the
Treasury, who carried out his responsibilities principally
through state agencies. Office of the Superintendent of
Immigration was established in the Department of the Treasury by
an act of March 3, 1891 (26 Stat. 1085), to supervise the
operation of immigration inspection stations, the medical
inspection of immigrants, and the exclusion of undesirables.
Superintendent redesignated Commissioner-General of Immigration
and office renamed Bureau of Immigration, effective July 1, 1895,
by the Omnibus Appropriation Act (28 Stat. 780), March 2, 1895.
Transferred to the Department of Commerce and Labor by the act
creating the department (32 Stat. 826), February 14, 1903.
Executive branch responsibilities for naturalization assigned to
redesignated Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization by the
Naturalization Act (34 Stat. 596), June 29, 1906. Transferred to
the Department of Labor and separated into the Bureau of
Immigration and the Bureau of Naturalization by the act creating
the department (37 Stat. 737), March 4, 1913. Consolidated to
form INS, 1933. SEE 85.1.

85.2.1 General records

Textual Records: Letters sent, 1882-1912. Letters received, 1882-
1906, with registers, 1882-1903, and indexes, 1893-1906. Subject
correspondence, 1906-32 (224 ft.), with name and subject indexes
(21 ft. and 31 rolls of microfilm). Subject and policy files,
1891-1957 (7,886 ft.). Security classified subject and policy
files, 1906-32 (242 ft.). Administrative issuances, 1909-56.
Deportation Division passport lists, 1927-37. Political refugee registration files, 1934-35.
Appropriation ledgers, 1911-39. Immigration statistics, 1892-
1918. Administrative files relating to naturalization, 1906-40
(449 ft.). Central subject files, 1949-58 (224 ft.) Indexes to naturalizations of World War I soldiers,
1918; and to fraudulent naturalizations, 1906-15.

Microfilm Publications: T458.

Map (1 item): United States, showing number of aliens in each
state and percentage of aliens included in each state’s
population, 1940.

Sound Recordings (78 items): INS- and Department of Justice-
sponsored radio broadcasts of programs detailing problems facing
aliens in the United States and documenting immigrant rights and
responsibilities; and dramatic presentations on the work of the
border patrol, 1940-45.

85.2.2 Records of the Division of Citizenship Training

Textual Records: Education and Americanization files, 1914-36
(182 ft.), with index to participating cities and towns.
Citizenship Education Program files, 1935-54. Citizenship
training textbooks, 1918-55. Public relations files, 1940-54.

85.2.3 Records of the Federal Council of Citizenship Training

History: Established as an interagency body by EO 3773, January
12, 1923, to make recommendations concerning improved citizenship
training in the United States. Initial meeting held February 2,
1923; last meeting, June 22, 1925.

Textual Records: Minutes of meetings, 1923-25. Reports received
by the council, 1922-23. Correspondence, 1923-25. Subject files,
1923-24.

85.2.4 Records relating to Chinese immigration and residence

Textual Records: Letters sent, 1900-8. General correspondence,
1898-1908, with index. Correspondence and investigative reports
concerning the smuggling of Chinese into the United States from
Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, 1914-21. Chinese Division
file, 1924-25. Applications for certificates of residence, 1893-
1920. Numerical and chronological files relating to certificates
of residence, 1902-3. Records of Chinese deportations, 1902-3,
and of a census of Chinese in MT and ID, 1894-96.

85.2.5 Records relating to registration of aliens

Textual Records: Microfilm copies of registration forms filed by
resident aliens in the United States, 1940-43 (5,071 rolls); by
aliens at U.S. consular offices, 1940-44 (273 rolls); by foreign
diplomats in the United States, 1940-43 (81 rolls); and by alien
seamen at U.S. ports of entry, 1940-44 (440 rolls).

Specific Restrictions: As specified by Congress in section 264(b)
of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (66 Stat. 163),
June 27, 1952, these records can be made available only to such
persons and agencies as are designated by the Attorney General.

85.2.6 Records relating to the assassination of President Kennedy

Textual Records: Selected case files relating to the John F. Kennedy
Assassination, 1923-93.

85.3 Passenger Arrival Records
1882-1957

85.3.1 Passenger arrival lists (ship)

Textual Records: Microfilm copies of ship passenger arrival
lists, including lists for Baltimore, MD, 1891-1948 (150 rolls)
and 1954-57 (34 rolls), with card index, 1897-1952 (42 rolls);
Boston, MA, 1893-1943 (454 rolls), with book index, 1899-1916
(107 rolls), and card index, 1902-20 (22 rolls); Brunswick, GA,
1904-39 (1 roll); Charleston, SC, 1906-45 (5 rolls); Detroit, MI,
1946-57 (22 rolls), with card manifests, 1906-54 (117 rolls);
Galveston, TX, 1896-1951 (36 rolls), with indexes (10 rolls);
Gloucester, MA, 1906-43 (1 roll); Gulfport, MS, 1904-44 (3
rolls), with card index, 1904-54 (1 roll, including index to
Pascagoula, MS); Hartford, CT, 1919-43 (1 roll); Jacksonville,
FL, 1904-45 (4 rolls); Key West, FL, 1898-1945 (122 rolls);
Knights Key, FL, 1908-12 (4 rolls); Miami, FL, 1899-1945 (140
rolls); Mobile, AL, 1904-45 (18 rolls); New Bedford, MA, 1902-42
(8 rolls), with card index, 1902-54 (2 rolls); New Orleans, LA,
1903-45 (189 rolls), with card index, 1900-52 (22 rolls); New
York, NY, 1897-1957 (8,892 rolls), with book index, 1906-42 (807
rolls), and card index, 1897-1948 (964 rolls); Panama City, FL,
1927-39 (1 roll); Pascagoula, MS, 1903-35 (1 roll), with card
index, 1903-35 (on roll with Gulfport, MS); Pensacola, FL, 1900-
45 (4 rolls); Philadelphia, PA, 1883-1945 (181 rolls), with book
index, 1906-26 (23 rolls), and card index, 1883-1948 (61 rolls);
Port Everglades, FL, 1932-45 (3 rolls); Portland, ME, 1893-1943
(35 rolls), with book index, 1907-30 (12 rolls), and card index,
1893-1954 (1 roll); Providence, RI, 1911-43 (49 rolls), with book
index, 1911-34 (15 rolls), and card index, 1911-54 (2 rolls); St.
Albans, VT, 1895-1954 (665 rolls), with indexes, 1895-1952 (504
rolls); St. Petersburg, FL, 1926-41 (1 roll); San Francisco, CA,
1893-1957 (534 rolls), with indexes, 1893-1934 (30 rolls);
Savannah, GA, 1906-45 (5 rolls); Seattle, WA, 1882-1957 (372
rolls); Tampa, FL, 1898-1945 (72 rolls); West Palm Beach, FL,
1920-45 (2 rolls); and miscellaneous ports in FL and SC, 1904-42
(1 roll), with card index to miscellaneous ports in AL, FL, GA,
and SC, 1890-1924 (26 rolls). Microfilm copies of passenger and
crew lists, 1897-1982 (44,316 rolls), with accompanying binders
and index cards (880 ft).

Microfilm Publications: For passenger lists and indexes available
for purchase on microfilm, please consult the latest edition of
the National Archives microfilm catalog.

85.3.2 Passenger arrival lists (air)

Textual Records: Microfilm copies of airplane passenger arrival
lists, including lists for Miami, FL, 1929-45 (178 rolls), with
index, 1930-42 (68 rolls); New Orleans, LA, 1943-45 (12 rolls);
West Palm Beach, FL, 1931-45 (2 rolls); and miscellaneous ports
in FL, 1944-45 (1 roll).

85.3.3 Vessel crew lists

Textual Records: Microfilm copies of vessel crew lists, including
lists for Baton Rouge, LA, 1919-24 (1 roll); Boston, MA, 1917-43
(269 rolls); Brunswick, GA, 1904-38 (2 rolls); Charleston, SC,
1910-45 (38 rolls); Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1939-45 (11 rolls);
Gloucester, MA, 1918-43 (13 rolls); Gulfport, MS, 1904-45 (12
rolls); Hartford, CT, 1929-43 (4 rolls); Jacksonville, FL, 1906-
45 (39 rolls); Key West, FL, 1914-45 (19 rolls); Lake Charles,
LA, 1940-45 (1 roll); Miami, FL, 1920-45 (123 rolls); Mobile, AL,
1903-45 (63 rolls); New Bedford, MA, 1917-43 (2 rolls); New
Orleans, LA, 1910-45 (311 rolls); New York, NY, 1888-1921 (19
rolls); Pascagoula, MS, 1907-28 (3 rolls); Pensacola, FL, 1905-45
(18 rolls); Philadelphia, PA, 1917-45 (221 rolls); Portland, ME,
1917-44 (37 rolls); Providence, RI, 1918-43 (22 rolls); San
Francisco, CA, 1905-54 (182 rolls); Savannah, GA, 1910-45 (32
rolls); Seattle, WA, 1903-17 (15 rolls); Tampa, FL, 1904-45 (72
rolls); and West Palm Beach, FL, 1925-45 (13 rolls).

Microfilm Publications: For crew lists available for purchase on
microfilm, please consult the latest edition of the National
Archives microfilm catalog.

85.3.4 Nunc pro Tunc (“Now for Then”) records

Textual Records: Microfilm copy of affidavits and testimony given
by illegal aliens at Ellis Island, NY, for the purpose of
securing certificates of arrival for naturalization purposes,
1911-21 (12 rolls).

85.4 Records of Alien Enemy Internment Camps
1917-19, 1935-51

85.4.1 Records of the World War I internment camp at Hot Springs,
NC

Textual Records: General subject file, 1917-18. Accounting
records, 1917-19.

85.4.2 Records of World War II internment camps

Textual Records: General records, 1941-45. Field reports, 1941-
45. Miscellaneous records, 1942-45. General files and other
records of internment camps at Bedford, PA, 1945; Camp Upton, NY,
1942-45; Crystal City, TX, 1942-48; Fort Lincoln, ND, 1941-46;
Fort Missoula, MT, 1935-45; Fort Stanton, NM, 1942-45; Greenbrier
Hotel, White Sulphur Springs, WV, 1941-45; Kenedy, TX, 1942-45;
Old Raton Ranch Camp, Santa Fe, NM, 1942-46; Seagaville, TX,
1942-45; Staunton, VA, 1942-45; and Tule Lake, CA, 1945-48.
Records relating to the operation of more than one facility,
1941-51.

Motion Pictures (2 reels): Activities at the Crystal City, TX,
internment camp, 1942-43.

85.5 District Office Records of INS and its Predecessors
1787-1976

History: INS operated through field and branch offices until
1942, when existing field offices were designated as headquarters
for numbered districts 1-22, and branch offices were redesignated
as stations:

Reduced by consolidation to 16 districts in 1943:

A large number of additional immigration and border inspection
stations were opened beginning in 1946, including some in foreign
countries. In 1948, the headquarters for District 6 moved from
Atlanta to Miami. In 1949, Honolulu was made headquarters for a
new District 17, and District 10 was discontinued, with Spokane
made a part of District 12. In 1954, District 11 was
discontinued, with Kansas City, Omaha, and St. Louis assigned to
District 9, and Denver to District 15. In 1955, Districts 1, 5,
16, and 17 were discontinued. St. Albans was assigned to District
7, Baltimore to District 4, and Los Angeles and Honolulu to
District 13. The remaining districts were distributed among new
geographical regions:

Northeast Region (Burlington, VT)

Jurisdiction: CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI, VT

Southeast Region (Richmond, VA)

Jurisdiction: AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NJ, NC, PA, PR, SC, TN, VA, WV

Northwest Region (St. Paul, MN)

Jurisdiction: AK, ID, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, ND, OH,
OR, SD, WA, WI

Southwest Region (San Pedro, CA)

Jurisdiction: AZ, CA, CO, HI, NV, NM, OK, TX, UT, WY

In 1956, St. Louis, MO, replaced Minot as a suboffice of District
9, and Helena, MT, replaced Boise in Region 12. In 1957, the
districts were increased to 32 by upgrading certain suboffices
and reopening closed district offices. Jurisdiction over NJ
transferred from Southeast to Northeast Region, and jurisdiction
over OH transferred from Northwest to Southeast Region:

Northeast Region (Burlington, VT)

Southeast Region (Richmond, VA)

Northwest Region (St. Paul, MN)

Southwest Region (San Pedro, CA)

In 1958, headquarters of District 18 moved from Tucson to
Phoenix, AZ. Three additional districts were opened in 1960:
District 35, Mexico City, Mexico, under the Southwest Region;
District 33, Manila, Philippine Islands; and District 34,
Frankfurt, Germany. In 1962, District 36, Port Isabel, TX, was
opened under the Southwest Region. In 1963, District 35 was
removed from the Southwest Region, and District 37, Rome, Italy,
was opened. In 1964, the district numbers were dropped and the
districts were renamed after the city in which the headquarters
was located:

Northeast Region (Burlington,VT)

District Offices: Boston, MA; Buffalo, NY; Hartford, CT; Newark,
NJ; New York, NY; Portland, ME; St. Albans, VT.

Southeast Region (Richmond, VA)

District Offices: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Cleveland, OH;
Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; Philadelphia, PA; San Juan, PR;
Washington, DC.

Northwest Region (St. Paul, MN)

District Offices: Anchorage, AK; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI;
Helena, MT; Kansas City, MO; Omaha, NE; Portland, OR; St. Paul,
MN; Seattle, WA.

Southwest Region (San Pedro, CA)

District Offices: Denver, CO; El Paso, TX; Honolulu, HI; Los
Angeles, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Port Isabel, TX; San Antonio, TX; San
Francisco, CA.

Foreign Districts

District Offices: Frankfurt, Germany; Manila, PI; Mexico City,
Mexico; Rome, Italy.

Headquarters for the Northwest Region redesignated Twin Cities,
MN, office, 1969. District office in Manila closed and district
office opened in Hong Kong, 1970. Port Isabel District Office
closed and Houston District Office opened, 1973. District office
in Frankfurt, Germany, closed and regional offices redesignated
and jurisdictionally realigned, 1975:

Eastern Region (Burlington, VT)

Jurisdiction: CT, DE, DC, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, PR, RI, VT,
VA, WV

District Offices: Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Buffalo, NY;
Hartford, CT; Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA;
Portland, ME; St. Albans, VT; San Juan, PR; Washington, DC.

Northern Region (Twin Cities, MN)

Jurisdiction: AK, CO, ID, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, ND,
OH, OR, SD, UT, WA, WI, WY

District Offices: Anchorage, AK; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH;
Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Helena, MT; Kansas City, MO; Omaha, NE;
Portland, OR; St. Paul, MN; Seattle, WA.

Southern Region (Dallas, TX)

Jurisdiction: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NM, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX

District Offices: Atlanta, GA; El Paso, TX; Houston, TX; Miami,
FL; New Orleans, LA; San Antonio, TX.

Western Region (San Pedro, CA)

Jurisdiction: AZ, CA, HI, NV

District Offices: Honolulu, HI; Los Angeles, CA; Phoenix, AZ; San
Francisco, CA.

Foreign Districts

District Offices: Hong Kong; Mexico City, Mexico; Rome, Italy.

District offices opened in San Diego, CA, and Harlingen, TX,
1976. Hong Kong office closed and Bangkok, Thailand, office
opened, 1984. St. Albans District Office closed, 1983. Western
Region headquarters moved from San Pedro to Laguna Niguel, CA,
1989.

85.5.1 Records of INS District No. 2 (Boston, MA)

Textual Records (in Boston, except as noted): Naturalization
records, 1787-1906, with index. Copies of naturalization
petitions and certificates, 1791-1906 (in Washington Area).
Chinese Exclusion Act immigration case files, 1900-55, including
case files from sub-offices in Gloucher and Springfield, MA;
Providence, RI; and Hartford, CT, 1947-55; and the district
office in Montreal, 1900-52.

85.5.2 Records of INS District No. 3 (New York, NY)

Textual Records (in New York, except as noted): Letters sent,
1903-12 (in Washington Area). Citizenship education files, 1906-
44 (in Washington Area). Negative photostatic copies of
naturalization records, 1792-1906 (1,712 ft.), with indexes.
Chinese Exclusion Act immigration case files, 1921-44.

85.5.3 Records of INS District No. 4 (Philadelphia, PA)

Textual Records (in Philadelphia): Office diaries, 1882-1902.
Letters sent, 1884-1912. Letters received, 1882-1903. Contract
labor violations case files, 1893-1903. Daily activity reports of
immigrant inspectors, 1888-93. Registers of immigrant arrivals,
1892; detainment, 1901-12; and debarment and deportation, 1891-
1917. Alien departure applications, 1918-19. Departure reports of
aliens, 1942-51. Lists of immigrants deported from the ports of
Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Baltimore, 1896-1902. Records
of the Special Board of Inquiry, 1893-1909. Chinese Exclusion Act
immigration case files, 1895-1952 (bulk 1895-1920), with
register, 1897-1903, and indexes, 1904-20. Records relating to
investigations of Chinese cases, 1900-19. Records of the
Pennsylvania Board of Public Charities, including minutes of
meetings, 1882-84; letters received, 1872-73; reports of the
executive committee, 1882-90; annual reports from hospitals and
charitable institutions, 1875-85; and reports of immigration at
the Port of Philadelphia, 1888-89.

Microfilm Publications: M1144, M1500.

85.5.4 Records of INS District No. 5 (Baltimore, MD)

Textual Records (in Philadelphia): Chinese Exclusion Act
immigration case files, 1904-40.

85.5.5 Records of INS District No. 9 (Chicago, IL)

Textual Records (in Chicago): Soundex naturalization index,
covering naturalizations in federal and county courts in parts of
IL, IN, IA, and WI, 1840-1950 (1,114 ft.). INS copies of
naturalization petitions, U.S. District Court, Northern District
of Illinois, 1871-1906, with index; naturalization petitions and
orders, County Court of Cook County, IL, 1876-1906, with index;
naturalization petitions and orders, Circuit Court of Cook
County, IL, 1871-1906, with indexes; naturalization petitions and
orders, Criminal Court of Cook County, IL, 1871-1906, with
indexes; and naturalization orders, 1871-1906, and naturalization
petitions, 1893-1906, Superior Court of Cook County, IL. Chinese
Division correspondence, 1893-1924. Chinese Exclusion Act
immigration case files, 1899-1939.

85.5.6 Records of INS District No. 10 (St. Paul, MN)

Textual Records (in Chicago): Chinese Exclusion Act immigration
case files, 1906-42.

85.5.7 Records of INS District No. 12 (Seattle, WA)

Textual Records (in Seattle): Chinese Exclusion Act immigration
case files, 1882-61.

85.5.8 Records of INS District No. 13 (San Francisco, CA)

Textual Records (in San Francisco): General correspondence, 1914-
41. Angel Island historical file, 1894-1941. Alien enemy files,
1911-29. Passport and travel control file, 1918-24.
Correspondence, testimony, photographs, coaching material, and
other records relating to fraudulent Chinese applications for
admission, including records relating to the Densmore
investigation that uncovered fraud at the Angel Island
Immigration Station, 1906-40. Angel Island construction files,
1912-13; telephone cable files, 1910-40; and boat files, 1910-41.
Chinese Exclusion Act immigration case files, 1882-1957.
Deportation and criminal naturalization case files of labor
leader Harry R. Bridges, 1930’s-1950’s.

85.5.9 Records of INS District No. 14 (San Antonio, TX)

Textual Records (in Fort Worth): Index to naturalization records
in federal, state, and county courts in Texas (1853-1939),
prepared by the Works Progress Administration, ca. 1939.

85.5.10 Records of INS District No. 15 (El Paso, TX)

Textual Records (in Fort Worth): Letters sent, 1894-1912. Letters
received, 1896-1911. Letters received from the inspector in
charge, Tucson, AZ, and letters sent by the Chinese inspector,
Benson, AZ (“Correspondence”), 1907-9. Correspondence files,
consisting primarily of letters received by the supervising
inspector, El Paso, TX, from field offices, 1911-19. Issuances,
1907-11. Immigration investigation case files, 1915-43.

85.5.11 Records of INS District No. 16 (Los Angeles, CA)

Textual Records (in Los Angeles): Chinese Exclusion Act
immigration case files, 1893-1976, including case files from
suboffices or stations in Bakersfield, CA, 1911-65; Calexico, CA,
1912-68; Los Angeles, CA, 1893-1950; San Diego, CA, 1894-1976; San
Pedro, CA, 1894-1965; and Nogales, AZ, 1922-44. Descriptions of Chinese deportees
of the Los Angeles District Office, 1911-15. Alien enemy case files, 1931-48.

85.5.12 Records of INS District No. 17 (Honolulu, HI)

Textual Records (in San Francisco): Chinese Exclusion Act
immigration case files, 1900-1950’s. Certifications of
citizenship, 1920-1940’s.

85.5.13 Records of INS District No. 28 (New Orleans, LA)

Textual Records (in Fort Worth): Index to certificates of
naturalization (1831-1906), prepared by the Work Projects
Administration, ca. 1939.

85.5.14 Records of INS District No. 31 (Portland, OR)

Textual Records (in Seattle): Testimony of witnesses of Chinese
applicants for admission, 1893-1904. Registers and lists of
Chinese applicants for admission, Port Townsend and Tacoma, WA,
1896-1903; and Astoria and Portland, OR, 1893-1903. Registers of
Chinese landed or refused permission to land at Portland, 1893-
1902. Ships’ manifests for vessels sailing from China to
Portland, 1889-1904. Registers of Chinese businesses, 1896-1900.
Registers of Chinese partnerships and their employees, 1895-1926.
Records relating to Chinese contract laborers, 1882-99. Registers
of Japanese landing at Portland, OR, 1893-99. Lists of registered
German, Italian, and Japanese aliens in Oregon, 1942. Chinese
Exclusion Act immigration case files, 1891-1943.

85.6 Cartographic Records (General)

SEE Map UNDER 85.2.1.

85.7 Motion Pictures (General)

SEE UNDER 85.4.2.

85.8 Sound Recordings (General)

SEE UNDER 85.2.1.

85.9 Machine-Readable Records (General)
1971-93
86 data sets

Data on deportations, 1974-91; lawful immigrations, 1971-1982, 1993;
derivative citizenship, 1974-83; required departures, 1973-91;
and naturalizations, 1971-91, all with supporting documentation.


Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
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