Philadelphia Custom House records


Creator: United States Custom House (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Date(s): 1779-1934
Bulk Dates: 1790-1900
Call Number: MSS 0781
Language: Materials primarily in English. Some materials in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Abstract: The Philadelphia Custom House records consist of materials generated by and related to the United States Customs Service of the Port of Philadelphia from 1779 to 1932. These records illustrate commercial and shipping interests, as well as foreign trade relations, in the United States from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. The materials also highlight the growth of the U.S. Customs Service as it took on new responsibilities and wielded greater authority over the course of the nineteenth century. In addition to documents related to shipping and paying duties, the collection also contains materials related to marine insurance, the internal administration of the Philadelphia Custom House, and the activity of ship crews.
Physical Description:
  • 12.2 linear feet (13 boxes)
  • 1 oversize removal
  • 1 oversize box
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Barry and Sue Moyerman, December 1972
Processing Information: Processed and encoded by Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger, 2017. Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard