National Archives at St. Louis

Official Personnel Folders (OPF), Archival Holdings

The archival holdings of civilian Official Personnel Folders (OPF) include records created by various Federal agencies during the period 1850-1951.*  For information about Federal civilian employees whose employment ended after 1951.

Agency Dates of Holdings*
Agriculture 
   Agriculture1890 - 1951
   Bureau of Agricultural Economics1912 - 1953
   Agriculture Extension Service1908 - 1947
   Agriculture Marketing Service1935 - 1947
   Agriculture Research Service1900 - 1947
   Bureau of Animal Industry1900 - 1947
   Comm - FmHA & Predecessors 1951
Advisory Committee on Education 1937-1939
Alaska Railroad 1903 - 1965
Army and Air Force 1939 - 1951
Board of Investigation of Research - Transportation 1941 - 1944
Bonneville Power Administration 1937 - 1947
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 1863 - 1951
Bureau of the Accounts 1936 - 1947
Bureau of the Census 1900 - 1947
Civil Aeronautics Board 1943 - 1947
Office of Censorship 1939 - 1945
Childrens Bureau 1912 - 1953
Civil Service Commission 1883 - 1950
Civilian Conservation Corps (Request Information) 1933 - 1943
Office of Civilian Defense 1941 - 1945
Coast and Geodetic Survey 1903 - 1956
Commerce Department1889 - 1951
Commissions on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government
(Hoover Commissions)
1947 - 1949
Committee for Congested Production Areas 1943 - 1945
Committee of Fair Employment Practice 1941 - 1946
Office of the Comptroller of Currency1951
U.S. Customs Service1891 - 1967
Bureau of Dairy Industry 1945
Defense Transportation1941 - 1949
Department of Health Education and Welfare 1904 - 1947
Emergency Management1941 - 1944
Farm Credit Banks/Federal Land Banks 1922 - 1973
Farmers Home Administration 1932 - 1951
Federal Aviation Administration 1948 - 1956
Federal Bureau of Prisons1919 - 1947
Federal Crop Insurance Corporation 1938 - 1947
Federal Power Commission 1929 - 1947
Federal Housing Administration 1935 - 1959
Federal Housing Authority 1947
Federal Public Housing Authority 1938 - 1941
Federal Security Agency1870 - 1951
Federal Trade Commission 1903 - 1952
Food Administration 1917 - 1919
Food and Drug Administration 1906 - 1947
Fish and Wildlife Service 1938 - 1947
Foreign Economic Administration 1940 - 1945
Forest Service1821 - 1972
Gallaudet College 1965 - 1973
General Services Administration1944 - 1951
U.S. Geological Survey 1879 - 1947
Office of Government Reports 1935 - 1948
Housing Corporation 1918 - 1933
Immigration and Naturalization Service 1898 - 1947
Independent Agencies 1925 - 1952
Indian Affairs 1850 - 1957
Inland Waterways Corporation 1926 - 1936
Interior Department1904 - 1968
Internal Revenue Service1894 - 1952
Justice Department1850 - 1950
Labor Department1884 - 1951
Land Management 1935 - 1954
Maritime Administration1936 - 1961
Maritime Labor Board 1938 - 1942
Bureau of Mines 1910 - 1947
Bureau of the Mint 1893 - 1947
National Bureau of Standards 1941 - 1947
National Mediation Board 1920 - 1926
National Park Service 1921 - 1960
National Recovery Administration1933 - 1936
Navy Department1919 - 1951
National Youth Administration1937 - 1944
Natural Resource Planning Board 1934 - 1938
United States New York World's Fair Commission 1937 - 1941
Panama Canal Commission1900 - 1970
Petroleum Administration for War 1941 - 1946
Bureau of Plant Industry, Soils, and Agricultural Engineering 1908 - 1946
Price Decontrol Board 1946 - 1948
Post Office Department1919 - 1951
Office of U.S. Attorneys 1964
Office of Community War Services 1941 - 1945
Office of Housing Expediter 1947
Office of Inter-American Affairs 1942 - 1953
Office of Price Administration1940 - 1947
Office of Scientific Research and Development 1941 - 1947
Office of Territories 1907 - 1951
Office of War Information 1933 - 1945
Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion 1942 - 1947
Prison Industries Reorganization Administration 1935 - 1940
Project J1945
Public Buildings Service 1900 - 1950
Public Buildings and Public Parks of the National Capital 1908 - 1933
Bureau of Public Debt 1917 - 1947
Public Health Service 1915 - 1949
Public Housing Administration 1937 - 1947
Railroad Administration 1918 - 1937
Bureau of Reclamation 1902 - 1957
Reconstruction Finance Corporation1932 - 1957
Rural Electrification Administration 1936 - 1947
Russian Railway Service Corps 1917 - 1920
Smaller War Plant Corporation 1942 - 1945
U.S. Shipping Board1917 - 1937
Selective Service System 1861 - 1951
Social Security Administration 1947
Soil Conservation Service 1900 - 1947
State Department1882 - 1951
Sugar Equalization Board1947
Treasury Department1883 - 1962
Veterans Administration1870 - 1951
War Assets Administration1946 - 1947
War Finance Corporation1918 - 1926
War Production Board1942 - 1947
War Relocation Authority1942 - 1946
Weather Bureau1941 - 1947
Works Progress Administration (Request Information)1933 - 1944
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* Dates of holdings are not all inclusive. OPFs that document employment after 1951 with some of the agencies listed above may now be open to the public. However, please note: not all OPFs of former civil servants whose employment ended prior to 1952 are open to the public. The OPFs of individuals employed prior to 1952 by some agencies whose personnel management systems do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) are not yet open to the public. Access to such records is restricted under the Privacy Act of 1974 (P. L. 93-579) and only limited types of information from these records are releasable to non-authorized users. Once a specific record has been identified and located, the NPRC will make a determination on the record's status and releasability.

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