Ship's Manifests for Entry to the Port of New York
This section shows four examples of manifests used aboard passenger ships docking in New York between 1899 and 1912, plus an Ellis Island detainee log. Earlier manifests were often unstructured logs, and need to be individually interpreted. These examples are all on U.S. Government-specified forms, and so are rather standard. Note that, while the date of authorization of each of the three manifest forms is provided, it often took months before the new forms were distributed and in widespread use. A brief section concerning the immigration ships themselves is provided.