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Name Port of Debarkation
Details U.S. Army Port of Debarkation, Hoboken, 1918-1921. Formerly the Port of Embarkation; upon the end of World War I in November 1918, it became a destination port for returning personnel and war dead. Other ports also served this role.
Number of Archive records 15.0
Number of Object records 19.0
Number of Library records 4.0
Number of Photo records 18.0

Associated Records

Image of The Hoboken Piers. Issued by The County of Hudson & The City of Hoboken, New Jersey, n.d., ca. 1925. - Pamphlet

The Hoboken Piers. Issued by The County of Hudson & The City of Hoboken, New Jersey, n.d., ca. 1925. - Pamphlet

The Hoboken Piers. Issued by The County of Hudson and The City of Hoboken, New Jersey, no date, ca. 1925. 7" x 10" high booklet. Yellow covers, 24 pp. PDF on file. Regarding an investigation of the government appropriation of the piers, management by the War Department and U.S. Shipping Board, revenues and current conditions of the Hoboken piers. Reprints three 1925 newspaper editorials: Sept 17th: Newark Evening News 19th: Newark Star-Eagle," 24th: Hudson Dispatch." Followed by: Justice James F. Minturn's April 7, 1925 instructions to a Grand Jury investigating the Hoboken piers follows the editorials. At the end is the Sept. 25th presentment of the Grand Jury's findings

Image of Document: Opinion - Taxability of the Hoboken Piers. Prepared by Sullivan, Donovan & Heenehan, New York, no date, ca. 1949-52. - Report

Document: Opinion - Taxability of the Hoboken Piers. Prepared by Sullivan, Donovan & Heenehan, New York, no date, ca. 1949-52. - Report

Digital images: Opinion - Taxability of the Hoboken Piers. Prepared by Sullivan, Donovan & Heenehan, New York City, no date, ca. 1949-1952. Photostatically duplicated leaves, 8-1/2" x 11" plus plate as described. Report cover; 33 pp plus ca. 22 x 18" wide plate being hand-drawn map of piers with tables below of deeds & owners (imaged here but also for reference see archive 2005.079.0024.01 for a more detailed record of the map.) PDF on file. The Museum does not own the originals. Text refers to court decisions as late as 1948 which provides an approximate document date. Who solicited this opinion is not indicated, but from the subject and conclusions it was probably the City of Hobo

Image of Troop billet card for U.S.S. Leviathan, U.S. Navy Armed Transport, no date, circa 1917-1919. - Card, Admittance

Troop billet card for U.S.S. Leviathan, U.S. Navy Armed Transport, no date, circa 1917-1919. - Card, Admittance

Troop billet card for U.S.S. Leviathan, U.S. Navy Armed Transport, no date, circa 1917-1919. Printed card stock, 3" high x 4-1/2" wide. Used during World War I when the Leviathan operated out of Hoboken which was the Port of Embarkation and later Port of Debarkation for U.S. Army personnel. This ticket or pass is printed in blue ink with specific location information printed in red. The red printing indicates that the compartment "ERS-1" is located on "E" deck "Amidship." Bunk is printed as "No. 1559" and is crossed out and inked in as "500." Deck space: "B-Deck port side." Latrines and washroom in compartment: "E-Room Sec. No. 1." Abandon Ship Mustering Station: "No. 4," located: "B-Deck

Image of Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. Rules for the Government of Operating Department. Effective December 15, 1918. - Book, Instruction

Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. Rules for the Government of Operating Department. Effective December 15, 1918. - Book, Instruction

United States Railroad Administration, W.G. McAdoo, Director General of Railroads. Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. Rules for the Government of Operating Department. Effective December 15, 1918. Semi-limp cloth, 4-1/4" wide x 6" high, 223 pp. Some illustrations related to forms, train signals and block signals. Copy number 11349 (ink stamped number inside front cover.) Belonged to Lester E. Henry, Henryville, Penna. Noteworthy that this was the first revision of rules after the ending of World War One in November 1918. While the railroad is still under the control of the U.S. Government, it does not mention the war. The DL&W routes covered a wide geographic area. The Lackawanna Ter

Image of DVD, lectures: Ann Hagedorn & Chad Millman for exhibition - Heaven, Hell or Hoboken: A City Transformed by World War I. Nov. 16 & Nov. 23, 2008 at the Museum. - Videodisc, Digital

DVD, lectures: Ann Hagedorn & Chad Millman for exhibition - Heaven, Hell or Hoboken: A City Transformed by World War I. Nov. 16 & Nov. 23, 2008 at the Museum. - Videodisc, Digital

DVD with two lectures: Ann Hagedorn & Chad Millman in conjunction with exhibition - Heaven, Hell or Hoboken: A City Transformed by World War I. Nov. 16 & Nov. 23, 2008 at the Museum, 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken. Videographer: Patrick Ricciardi (in association with the City of Hoboken.) Color. Running time: ca. 2:04. Two digital video disk archive copies and one user copy; media archives. Both speakers introduced by Museum director Robert Foster. November 16th talk: Ann Hagedorn, author of 2007 book, "Savage Peace, Hope and Fear in America, 1919." ca. 1 hour. November 23 talk: Chad Millman, author of "The Detonators: The Secret Plot to Destroy America and an Epic Hunt for Justice." (NY &

Image of The Convoy. Vol. 1, No. 3, May 1919. Published Monthly at the Steneck Building, Hoboken, N.J. - Serial

The Convoy. Vol. 1, No. 3, May 1919. Published Monthly at the Steneck Building, Hoboken, N.J. - Serial

The Convoy. Volume 1, Number 3, May 1919. Published Monthly at the Steneck Building, Hoboken, N.J., in the Interests of the Force by Men of the Regular Navy. Folio magazine, 8-3/4" wide x 11-5/8" high, 36 pp. including covers; illustrated. Horizontal crease at center. PDF on file. Masthead and editorials, page 22. (Notes address as Room 203, Steneck Building, 34 Newark St. - Steneck Building at the southeast corner of River and First Streets is 95 River St. - the Newark St. address may have been another location used by the Steneck Trust Company during the First World War.) Major articles, many including photographs of ships and a few personnel, include: Vessels Lost and Damaged.

Image of Military Telephone Directory, Port of Embarkation, Hoboken, N.J.; N.Y., N.Y. Sept. 1918. Issued by Information Office, Hoboken. - Directory, Telephone

Military Telephone Directory, Port of Embarkation, Hoboken, N.J.; N.Y., N.Y. Sept. 1918. Issued by Information Office, Hoboken. - Directory, Telephone

Military Telephone Directory, Port of Embarkation, Hoboken, N.J.; New York, N.Y. September 10, 1918. Softcover, 5-3/4" wide x 8-3/4" high, 116 pp plus covers. Selected text from alphabetical section is in notes. PDF on file. Tiffs media archive. Issued by the Information Office, Port of Embarkation, Hoboken, Room 367, Pier 2. Cover text besides title and date: "Destroy Directory dated July 1, 1918, as many listings have been changed. The contents of this Directory were compiled from information furnished by the various departments and are confidential and may not be republished in any form without permission of the military authorities." Part I. Alphabetical Section Part I

Image of Menu: Thanksgiving Dinner. 301st Guard &  Fire Co., Q.M.C., U.S.A. U.S. Army Piers, Hoboken, N..J., Nov. 28, 1918. - Menu

Menu: Thanksgiving Dinner. 301st Guard & Fire Co., Q.M.C., U.S.A. U.S. Army Piers, Hoboken, N..J., Nov. 28, 1918. - Menu

Menu: Thanksgiving Dinner. 301st Guard and Fire Co., Q.M.C. [Quartermasters Corps], U.S.A. [United States Army]; United States Army Piers, Hoboken, New Jersey, Thursday, November 28th, 1918. Single folio printed cardstock, 5-1/4" wide x 7" high, [4] pp. (Pages [2], [4] blank.) The cover has a full color patriotic vignette of a honor guard, Navy and Army, flanking a nurse in white uniform and headdress. It is embossed as can be seen on page [2]. The holiday would have had a special significance as the Armistice that was declared on November 11, 1918 ending World War I hostilities, had occurred less than three weeks earlier. That the war was over meant that the role of these servicemen ha

Image of Pass to Port of Embarkation, all piers, Hoboken, N.J., issued Dec. 2, 1918 to George C. Briggs. - Pass

Pass to Port of Embarkation, all piers, Hoboken, N.J., issued Dec. 2, 1918 to George C. Briggs. - Pass

Headquarters Port of Embarkation, Hoboken, New Jersey, Special Pass; issued to George C. Briggs (Chicago Daily News), Dec. 2, 1918; to "All piers under jurisdiction of this Port"; good "to and including Dec. 6, 1918." Printed paper form, 2-1/2" high x 4-1/16" wide with ink-stamped issue date, typewritten entries and ink signature (not legible) of authorizing officer. Press-numbered with pass number: 1362. The line "By Command of Major General Shanks" has "Major General [David C.] Shanks" x'ed over and the name "Brig-Gen McManus" [Brigadier General George H. McManus] typed above. The printed text "Not Good on Sailing Days" has been crossed out and initialed by the issuing officer. Also

Image of Articles re Hoboken YMCA Hudson Hut; Railroad Association Magazine, Volume VIII, No. 1, Jan. 15, 1920.  - Report

Articles re Hoboken YMCA Hudson Hut; Railroad Association Magazine, Volume VIII, No. 1, Jan. 15, 1920. - Report

Hudson Hut, Hoboken. Railroad Association Magazine, Volume VIII, No. 1, January 15, 1920. 32 pp plus cover (lacking rear cover), 8-1/4" x 11-1/4" high; photos. One leaf clipped (pp 21-22) at bottom. PDF on file. Publication subtitled: The Organ of the Railroad Young Men's Christian Associations. Cover story with featured articles, testimonials, etc, with photos about the Hoboken YMCA Hudson Hut and other ones takes is the first half of this issue. A tribute to this support facility for the many service members of the Army and Navy (and merchant marine men) at the Port of Embarkation and Debarkation in Hoboken during World War I. Many people associated with the organization wrote arti

Image of Postcard: U.S.S. Patricia, former German Liner, now in transport service, Hoboken, July 1919.  - Postcard

Postcard: U.S.S. Patricia, former German Liner, now in transport service, Hoboken, July 1919. - Postcard

Postcard: U.S.S. Patricia, former German Liner, now in transport service, Hoboken, July 1919. Real photo postcard (Azo stamp block), 3-3/8" x 5-3/8" wide; unused. See notes for history of this ship, a former Hamburg American Line passenger ship, S.S. Patricia. It only served in 1919 from March to September in the U.S. Army Transport Service at Hoboken which was a Port of Debarkation (previously the Port of Embarkation.) View of the vessel at a dock with an army truck in the foreground.

Image of Brochure: United States Lines, Sailing List No. 4, Nov. 26, 1921; Proposed Sailings; Sailing from Pier 1, Hoboken, N. J. - Brochure

Brochure: United States Lines, Sailing List No. 4, Nov. 26, 1921; Proposed Sailings; Sailing from Pier 1, Hoboken, N. J. - Brochure

Brochure: United States Lines, Sailing List No. 4, Nov. 26, 1921; Proposed Sailings; Sailing from Pier 1, Hoboken, N. J. Printed leaf, 9" high x 11-3/4" wide folded to 4" wide. An important document from the first year that this line was in operation. See archives 2012.001.0012 for a September 1921 travel brochure (minimum rates and ships listed vary from that found in this item.) Ships listed in the schedule: S.S. America S.S. George Washington S.S. Potomac S.S. Princess Matoika S.S. Hudson S.S. Panhandle State S.S. Centennial State A Steamer (this is presumed to have been originally the S.S. Old North State or S.S. Susquehanna as listed in 2012.001.0012.) The United Sta

Image of Brochure: New York to Europe on U.S. Government Ships. United States Lines. Operators for U.S. Shipping Board. Issued circa September 1921. - Brochure

Brochure: New York to Europe on U.S. Government Ships. United States Lines. Operators for U.S. Shipping Board. Issued circa September 1921. - Brochure

Brochure: New York to Europe on U.S. Government Ships. United States Lines. Operators for U.S. Shipping Board. Issued circa September 1921. Printed booklet, 9" high x 8" wide folded to 4" wide. Color cover, [16] pp., photo illustrated, route map. (n.b. cover is considered as page [16] which is typical of the pagination for this publication format.) This travel brochure is an important document from the first year that this line was in operation. Page [15] has "Minimum Rates, Effective September 1, 1921." Hoboken is not mentioned, but the line sailed from Pier 1 in Hoboken when it began scheduled sailings (see archives 2012.001.0011 for United States Lines, Sailing List No. 4, Nov. 26, 192

Image of ALS, 2, by N.T. Cissue(?), U.S.S. Paysandu, to his sister; written & sent from Admiral Benson Service Club, 816 Washington St., Hoboken; Feb 17, 1919; March 5, 1919.
 - Letter

ALS, 2, by N.T. Cissue(?), U.S.S. Paysandu, to his sister; written & sent from Admiral Benson Service Club, 816 Washington St., Hoboken; Feb 17, 1919; March 5, 1919. - Letter

Two holographic Hoboken letters by N.T. Cissue(?) of the U.S.S. Paysandu to his sister, Mrs. J.W. Pearce, Georgetown, Ohio; sent from Admiral Benson Service Club, 816 Washington St., Hoboken; Feb 17, 1919; March 5, 1919. Writer was in U.S. Navy and recently re-assigned to U.S.S. Paysandu (it was only in naval service from late January to late June of 1919) from the U.S.S. Edgar F. Luckenbach, both troop transports ship used for transatlantic return of U.S. Army forces from Europe after World War I. Both operated in Hoboken in its role as a Port of Debarkation. The first letter is a rant about the conditions of the ship, naval life, general hardships including pay and expresses thoughts

Image of Letter of World War One soldier on stationery of American Red Cross, U.S. Embarkation Hospital No. 1, Hoboken, N.J., February 20, 1919. - Letter

Letter of World War One soldier on stationery of American Red Cross, U.S. Embarkation Hospital No. 1, Hoboken, N.J., February 20, 1919. - Letter

Letter of World War One soldier on stationery of American Red Cross, U.S. Embarkation Hospital No. 1, Hoboken, N.J., February 20, 1919. Single leaf, 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" high; written both sides in pencil. See notes for transcribed text. The author is only identified by his first name, August, and he returned from Europe on the troopship U.S.S. Leviathan. See notes for transcribed text. ---- The hospital name was the wartime designation of Saint Mary Hospital on Willow Avenue between Third and Fourth Streets. Hoboken served as the main Port of Embarkation for the United States Army and the hospital became an Army controlled facility for the duration. When the war ended on Nov. 11, 1918, th

Image of Letterhead of the War Camp Community Service, Officers' House, Hoboken, no date, ca. 1917-1919. - Paper, letterhead

Letterhead of the War Camp Community Service, Officers' House, Hoboken, no date, ca. 1917-1919. - Paper, letterhead

Letterhead of the War Camp Community Service, Officers' House, Hoboken, N.J., Hudson and Third Sts. Ca. 1917-1919. Single 8.5" x 11" sheet folded short direction. Round logo at top printed in red and blue with type printed in blue below. The location was the Grand Hotel that was taken over for housing of U.S. Army officers and their families during World War I when the Port of Embarkation was located at the Hoboken piers.

Image of Dance card for Entertainment and Ball U.S. Army Embarkation Hospital Band [under the] auspices Frank Jenne Association, Dec. 14, 1918. - Program

Dance card for Entertainment and Ball U.S. Army Embarkation Hospital Band [under the] auspices Frank Jenne Association, Dec. 14, 1918. - Program

Dance card for Entertainment and Ball U.S. Army Embarkation Hospital Band [under the] auspices Frank Jenne Association, Dec. 14, 1918. 4-7/8" high x 3-1/2" wide. 4 pp. plus printed cover. Held at the Hoboken High School on a Saturday. Dark blue lightweight cord attachment presumably for a pencil which is not present. Item was removed from an album with the remains of a page attached to the blank back cover.

Image of Record: Harding's Address; Ceremony for War Dead at Hoboken pier, May 23, 1921. Victor 35178. - Record, Phonograph

Record: Harding's Address; Ceremony for War Dead at Hoboken pier, May 23, 1921. Victor 35178. - Record, Phonograph

(President Warren G. Harding recording) Address at Hoboken on return for burial of 5,212 American Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Nurses, May 23, 1921. Warren G. Harding, President of the United States. Victor 35718-A. Released January 1923 (matrix May 24, 1922.) 12" double-side disc, 78 rpm. Victor Talking Machine Co., Camden, N.J. Applied printed photo of Harding appears in a label window on both sides. Record not played. Audio files for A side only attached (offline). Transcriptions of the speeches on both sides are in notes; sources cited. The address was inside a pier at the U.S. Army Port of Debarkation at Hoboken (it has served as the Port of Embarkation during World War I.) Audi

Image of Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Fire. Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Fire. Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Fire. Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. Photographic print with imprinted (Azo) back; undivided. No publisher indicated or stock number. Direction of view is probably generally east - southeast.

Image of Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. - Postcard

Postcard: [1921 pier fire.] Fire Pier 5, Hoboken, N.J. Aug 24-1921. 1921; unposted. Photographic print with imprinted (Azo) back; undivided. Two copies, both unposted. No publisher indicated or stock number. View is southeast from circa Fourth and River Streets. Sign on River Street entrance gate: Pier No. 1-2. U.S. Army Transport Service, Panama R.R. [Railroad] S.S.[Steamship] Line, Cosmopolitan Line.