Ship Passenger Lists (the 1870s through the 1960s)
The GG Archives is a Great Resource for Ship Passenger Lists - USA, Canada, Australia, and Other World Ports, from the 1870s - 1960s.
Early passenger lists were handwritten, but once printing presses became commonplace on many steamships, the ship manifests became a souvenir of the voyage. The covers of many of the older lists contained superb graphics and are highly prized by collectors.
The GG Archives has an extensive collection of these passenger records in our Maritime Collection. Our most extensive holdings of ship passenger arrival records are for the Cunard Line / Cunard White Star Line.
The lists of passengers vary considerably between steamship lines in terms of information provided on each passenger. Additionally, on many voyages, each class received a separate passenger list. In contrast, others combined multiple classes into one or two lists for the same voyage. Newspaper reporters of the era were usually on hand to review passenger arrivals for VIPs and other noteworthy passengers.
Our extensive collection of souvenir passenger lists cover the late 1870s through the early 1960s with the bulk between 1900 and 1939. Browse these collections by steamship line, ports of call, year of voyage, geographic region, or by ship. Significant Ports of Call for our collection of passenger lists include Boulogne-sur-Mer, Bremen, Cherbourg, Hamburg, Liverpool, New York (Ellis Island), and Southampton.
Browse Our Collections of Passenger Lists
Passenger Lists Organized by Steamship Line. Significant collections include the Canadian Pacific, Cunard Line, French Line, Hamburg-America, Holland-America, North German Lloyd, United States Lines, and the White Star Line. Our collection features 28 steamship lines and many small collections with other steamship lines.
The option to browse our Passenger List collection by the name of the ship will assist researchers to focus their search on a specific vessel without requiring other information such as steamship line or year/date of a voyage to locate the list of passengers.
Organized by Port of Call, the listings for Digitized Passenger Lists of the GG Archives typically include the date, vessel, route, and class for voyages that originated from or called upon a port listed.
Organized by Year of Voyage, the listings for Passenger Lists of the GG Archives typically include the date, vessel, route, and class for voyages that originated from or called upon a port listed.
Organized by Region (Australian, Canadian, French, German, Irish, Italian, Scandinavian, and South African), the listings typically include the date, vessel, route, and class for voyages that originated from or called upon a port listed.
Frequently Asked Questions About Passenger Lists
Passenger Lists, Ships List, Passenger Manifests all seem to mean the same thing, but what are the differences, and how can you utilize these documents most effectively? The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives provides several topical articles covering passenger lists.