A. E. Jordan
From: Alan Reische
Would US citizens be required to hold passports for 1927 travel ex US,
and if so, what information would have been required?
Yes by the late 1920s US citizens were getting passports for travel to Europe not so much for the Caribbean or near in places. My grandparents did the grand tour in the mid 1920s and I got their passports although it was painful to do.
The applications through the early 1920s are online and you can search them out and review them that way. After that cutoff they are still at the passport bureau. When I did it I was told you could do a FOIA via either the State Department or the Passport Bureau. I did the State Department because the woman at State was very nice and helpful. She actually intervened with Passport Bureau when I was having problems getting the records,
First thing I would suggest if you are going to file for a copy is search the passenger lists on line and see if you can find the people either inbound or outbound. Sometimes not always they wrote passport numbers in when they returned and if you get that lucky it is a major head start. It shows up with pp note most times. But even if you do not find the passport it gives you dates for the travel.
When I did my requests they wanted the dates, the names, the address they were living at and both proof the person was deceased and proof of relationship which I did with a photocopy of the death certificate. I did not send originals.
In the case of my great grandfather they passport folks sent me the dreaded not found letter the first time I filed even though I knew the basic details of his travel and the address where he lived. I later found his passenger lists with the passport numbers and I printed and highlighted his name and passport number and that time they found them. It took months to get them (he had two passports for two different trips) and as I said State had to give them a little push. A year after I got the first copies I got a second copy in the mail from the Passport Bureau of the exact same information.
I wanted it because in addition to a photo it asks where he was born but at least in my case he got away with saying just Russia without details. Even still I got his description, his address, when he planned to go and where he was going and why , which was he was visiting his son studying in Europe. So I did not get what I hoped for but they were still interesting to see.