The Magazine of Early American Datasets (MEAD)

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This dataset contains the compulsory registrations of noncitizens (“aliens”) mandated by the Naturalization Act of 1798, part of the package of laws passed that comprised the Alien and Sedition Acts. The documents included are a group of registrations from the federal court district based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, identified in the National Archives as “Landing Reports of Aliens.” In addition, the dataset includes naturalization data, drawn from two books of collected naturalization data: P. William Filby’s Philadelphia Naturalization Records, and Jefferson Moaks’s The Minor Courts of Philadelphia. This dataset is part of a larger database I have created for my research, studying migration and citizenship in the early American republic.

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Date of this Version

Summer 8-3-2019


National Archives Record Group 21 (Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 1991): Landing Reports of Aliens, 1798-1828. U.S. District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania, Volume I. Has been scanned, and is available through National Archives and Records Administration Archival Research Catalog: . Last accessed January 24, 2008. P. William Filby, ed. Philadelphia Area Naturalizations: an Index to Records of Aliens' Declarations of Intention and/or Oaths of Allegiance, 1789-1880, in United States Circuit Court, United States District Court, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Quarter Sessions Court, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia (Detroit, Mich.: Gale Research Company, 1982); Jefferson M. Moak, The Minor Courts of Philadelphia: Declarations of Intention, and Petitions for Naturalization Filed in the Mayor's Court, 1802-1838, Recorder's Court, 1836-1838, Criminal Sessions Court, 1838-1840, General Sessions Court, 1840-1843 (Philadelphia, Penn.: Chestnut Hill Almanac, 1996.)

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Please refer to the documentation file for information about the dataset.

Additional Files

Philadelphia Migrant Landing Reports 1798-1801 Dataset Documentation.docx (832 kB)
Word file, describing scope, content, and other relevant information

Philadelphia Migrant Landing Reports 1798-1801 Dataset Documentation.rtf (30 kB)
RTF file, describing scope, content, and other relevant information

Landing Reports Database Visualization.pdf (91 kB)
PDF showing image of database relationships (also reproduced in Word documentation document, but not RTF version)

Tables Fields Export Combined.pdf (1473 kB)
PDF List and Description of Fields

Landing Reports Datasets Tab-Delimited (126 kB)
Compressed Zip of Tab-Delimited Data Files, one for each table in the database export

Scanned Landing Reports 1798-1807.pdf (22608 kB)



Date Posted: 05 August 2019