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Record Description
Record Type: Passenger Lists
Collection years: 1900-1974
Languages: Dutch, Flemish
Title in the Language: Nederland, passagierslijsten van de Holland-Amerika Lijn Steamship
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Rotterdam Municipal Archives

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This collection includes records from 1900 to 1974.

This collection consists of passenger lists for the Holland-America Line (Holland Amerika Lijn), which transported numerous refugees from war-torn Europe to the United States prior to 1941. The passenger lists show the name of the ship, its destination, and the date it left port. The passenger's name is included, along with various details of passage arrangements, fees, etc. Passenger lists are available from 3 May 1900 through 14 October 1974.

Original records are available through the Rotterdam City Archive (Gemeentearchief te Rotterdam), Netherlands. This collection is being published as images become available. The text is handwritten in Dutch in a ledger type register. Passengers are listed by passage contract number.

It was necessary to keep a record of all the passengers boarding on to the company’s different steamships traveling from the Netherlands to North America. These passenger lists are from the voyages of the Holland-America Line, a Dutch steamship company that covered transatlantic routes, mainly between the ports of Rotterdam and New York, and occasionally calling on the ports of Boulogne-sur-mer, Plymouth, Southampton, Boston and Halifax. The names of the vessels were: Potsdam, Rotterdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Statendam, Ryndam, Veendam, and Volendam.

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  • Passage contract number
  • Name of passenger
  • Number of persons traveling together
  • Departure and destination places
  • Date of departure
  • Price of passage
  • Ship name
  • Passenger’s cabin class

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