Source Information Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Chinese Arrivals, 1900-1923 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.
Original data: Case Files of Chinese Immigrants from District No. 4 (Philadelphia) of the Immigration and Naturalization Series, 1895-1920; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1144, 51 rolls); Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Record Group 85; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

About Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Chinese Arrivals, 1900-1923

This database contains descriptive lists of Chinese seamen arriving at the port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1900 and 1923. Information recorded in these documents includes:

  • Name

  • Occupation or rating

  • Age

  • Height

  • Physical marks

  • Where born

  • Where shipped and date

  • Ever been in the U.S.

  • Any papers showing right of entry to the U.S.

  • Time of residence in the U.S.

  • Signature

  • Other remarks

  • Port of arrival

  • Ship name

  • Date of arrival

Some of this information may only be obtained by viewing the image of the seamen’s list. The amount of information recorded for an individual will vary according to form type and the information requested on it.

Related Records:

The records contained in this database originate from the same NARA microfilm rolls as the Case Files of Chinese Immigrants from Philadelphia (see source info), accessible through the following database:

U.S. Chinese INS Case Files, 1883-1924, and 1905 Census