Military Records

World War I Records at the National Archives at St. Louis

List of Related Series 

The National Personnel Records Center maintains 20th century U.S. military and civilian personal data series. This includes many collections related to military service in World War I that are a part of the Archival Programs Division within the National Archives at St. Louis. Types of available records include Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) and Auxiliary records, which can include Pay Vouchers, Award Cards, Burial Files, Selective Service Records, Court-Martial Case Files, and more. 

The following is a list of the significant series related to military service during World War I in the holdings of the National Archives at St. Louis. Some series are related to all branches of the service, and some are specific to the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard.

All Service Branches:

The following are series related to Military Personnel Records that include all service branches. 

(Note: Some of these series cover a wider range of time and events than just the World War I era)

Correspondence, Reports, Telegrams, Applications, and Other Papers Relating to Burials of Service Personnel, 1/1/1915 - 12/31/1939
War Department. Office of the Quartermaster General. Administrative Service. Memorial Branch. 6/15/1930-12/27/1940  (Most Recent) 
War Department. Office of the Quartermaster General. 1914-9/18/1947  (Predecessor)
Record Group 92: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774 – 1985
5,419 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 595318

 


Disinterment Records Files, Gravesite Reservation Cards, Record of Interments, and Grave Cards, 6/15/1864 - 12/31/2011
Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. 9/18/1947-  (Most Recent)
Record Group 319: Records of the Army Staff, 1903 – 2009
347 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 7543569


Deceased Veterans Claims (XC Files), 10/1917 - ca. 1945
Veterans Administration. 7/21/1930-3/15/1989  (Most Recent) 
Department of the Interior. Bureau of Pensions. 1849-1930  (Predecessor) 
National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. 1873-1930  (Predecessor) 
Department of the Treasury. Bureau of War Risk Insurance. 9/2/1914-8/9/1921  (Predecessor) 
U.S. Veterans Bureau. 1921-7/21/1930  (Predecessor)
Record Group 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 - 2007
12,894 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 23904754


Deceased Veterans Claims (XC Files), 10/1917 - ca. 1949
Veterans Administration. 7/21/1930-3/15/1989  (Most Recent) 
Department of the Interior. Bureau of Pensions. 1849-1930  (Predecessor) 
National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. 1873-1930  (Predecessor) 
Department of the Treasury. Bureau of War Risk Insurance. 9/2/1914-8/9/1921  (Predecessor) 
U.S. Veterans Bureau. 1921-7/21/1930  (Predecessor)
Record Group 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 - 2007
15,903 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 12280123


Deceased Veterans Claims (XC Files), 10/1917-ca. 1955, 10/1917 - 1955
Veterans Administration. 7/21/1930-3/15/1989  (Most Recent) 
Department of the Interior. Bureau of Pensions. 1849-1930  (Predecessor) 
National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. 1873-1930  (Predecessor) 
Department of the Treasury. Bureau of War Risk Insurance. 9/2/1914-8/9/1921  (Predecessor) 
U.S. Veterans Bureau. 1921-7/21/1930  (Predecessor)
Record Group 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 - 2007
1,630 boxes
National Archives Identifier 28894631


Deceased Veterans Claims (XC Files), 10/1917 - ca. 1955, 10/1917 - 1955
Veterans Administration. 7/21/1930-3/15/1989  (Most Recent) 
Department of the Interior. Bureau of Pensions. 1849-1930  (Predecessor) 
National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. 1873-1930  (Predecessor) 
Department of the Treasury. Bureau of War Risk Insurance. 9/2/1914-8/9/1921  (Predecessor) 
U.S. Veterans Bureau. 1921-7/21/1930  (Predecessor)
Record Group 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 - 2007
850 boxes
National Archives Identifier 26466267

 
North Carolina World War I Military Service Cards, 1917 - 1918
National Archives and Records Administration. 4/1/1985-  (Most Recent) 
North Carolina. Adjutant General's Dept.  (Predecessor)
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
52 boxes
National Archives Identifier 2561092

 

Army:

The following are series related to Military Personnel Records that are specific to the U.S. Army.

(Note: Some of these series cover a wider range of time and events than just the World War I era)

 

Official Military Personnel Files, 1912 - 1998
Department of Defense. Department of the Army. U.S. Total Army Personnel Command. 
12/8/1988-10/1/2003  (Most Recent)
Record Group 319: Records of the Army Staff, 1903 - 2009
7,433 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 299741


Army Award Cards, 1917 - 1947
War Department. The Adjutant General's Office. 3/4/1907-9/18/1947  (Predecessor)
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
174 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 5720378


Monthly Reports and Personnel Records, 1917 - 1950
Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief of Chaplains. 9/18/1947-  (Most Recent)
Record Group 247: Records of the Office of the Chief of Chaplains, 1902 - 1964
2,654 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 6016856


Court-Martial Case Files, 1917 - 1938 
War Department. Office of the Judge Advocate General. 1884-9/18/1947  (Most Recent)
Record Group 153: Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army), 1792 - 2010
7,151 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 5916929


Discharge From the Draft Records, 11/10/1918 - 11/15/1918
War Department. Office of the Provost Marshal General. 5/22/1917-7/15/1919  (Most Recent)
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
68 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 5752997


U.S. Army Discharge Reports, ca. 1917 - 1920
War Department. The Adjutant General's Office. 3/4/1907-9/18/1947  (Predecessor) 
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
26 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 4683632


World War I Army Officers Reports of Change Cards, 1918 - 1918
War Department. The Adjutant General's Office. 3/4/1907-9/18/1947  (Most Recent)
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
54 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 6050409


World War I Officers and Nurses Pay Cards, 1917 - 1921
National Archives and Records Administration. 4/1/1985-  (Most Recent) 
Department of the Treasury. Office of the Auditor for the War Department. 1894-1921  (Predecessor) 
General Accounting Office. 1921-7/7/2004  (Predecessor)
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
730 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 1488333


Field Clerk Pay Cards, 8/1916 - 1921
National Archives and Records Administration. 4/1/1985-  (Most Recent) 
War Department. 1789-9/18/1947  (Predecessor) 
Department of the Treasury. 1789-  (Predecessor) 
General Accounting Office. 1921-7/7/2004  (Predecessor) 
General Services Administration. National Archives and Records Service. 1949-1985  (Predecessor)
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
33 Boxes 
National Archives Identifier 2990428


U.S. Army Warrant Officer Pay Cards, 1917 - 1921
National Archives and Records Administration. 4/1/1985-  (Most Recent) 
War Department. 1789-9/18/1947  (Predecessor) 
Department of the Treasury. 1789-  (Predecessor) 
General Accounting Office. 1921-7/7/2004  (Predecessor) 
General Services Administration. National Archives and Records Service. 1949-1985  (Predecessor)
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
6 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 3518560


World War I Officers and Nurses Final Pay Vouchers, 1917 - 1921
National Archives and Records Administration. 4/1/1985-  (Most Recent) 
Department of the Treasury. Office of the Auditor for the War Department. 1894-1921  (Predecessor) 
General Accounting Office. 1921-7/7/2004  (Predecessor)
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
251 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 1561423


World War I Enlisted Men Final Military Pay Vouchers, 1917 - 1921 
National Archives and Records Administration. 4/1/1985-  (Most Recent) 
Department of the Treasury. Office of the Auditor for the War Department. 1894-1921  (Predecessor) 
General Accounting Office. 1921-7/7/2004  (Predecessor)
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
1,591 boxes (textual) 1,027 (microfilm)
National Archives Identifier 1436496


U.S. Army Enlisted Personnel Payment Records, 7/1915 - 9/1917 
General Accounting Office. 1921-7/7/2004  (Most Recent) 
Department of the Treasury. Office of the Auditor for the War Department. 1894-1921  (Predecessor)
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
8 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 5756921


Army Reserve Officer Training Camp Rosters, 1917 - 1919
War Department. 1789-9/18/1947  (Most Recent
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
23 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 4735009


Returns of the Nurse Corps, 1917 - 1921
National Archives and Records Administration. 4/1/1985-  (Most Recent) 
War Department. 1789-9/18/1947  (Predecessor) 
General Services Administration. National Archives and Records Service. 1949-1985  (Predecessor)
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
44 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 3370993


Army Student Nurse Individual Academic Records, 1918 - 1951
Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Surgeon General. 9/18/1947-  (Most Recent)
War Department. Office of the Surgeon General. 1818-9/18/1947  (Predecessor)
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
28 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 4851528


U. S. Army Files of the Mexican Border Service, 1916 - 1917
National Archives and Records Administration. 4/1/1985-  (Most Recent)
War Department. The Adjutant General's Office. 3/4/1907-9/18/1947  (Predecessor)
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
35 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 2462216


Russian Railway Service Corps Personnel Files, 1917 - 1920
War Department. The Adjutant General's Office. 3/4/1907-9/18/1947  (Most Recent) 
Department of State. 9/1789-  (Predecessor)
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
16 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 5721174


National Guard Papers, 1916 - 1919
National Archives and Records Administration. 4/1/1985-  (Most Recent) 
War Department. The Adjutant General's Office. 3/4/1907-9/18/1947  (Predecessor) 
Department of Defense. Department of the Army. 9/18/1947-  (Predecessor) 
General Services Administration. National Archives and Records Service. 1949-1985  (Predecessor)
Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
26 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 2990429

 

Navy:

The following are series related to Military Personnel Records that are specific to the U.S. Navy. 

(Note: This series covers a wider range of time and events than just the World War I era)

Official Military Personnel Files, 1885 - 1998
Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. Navy Personnel Command. Bureau of Personnel. ca. 1995-  (Most Recent) 
Department of the Navy. Bureau of Navigation. 7/5/1862-11/18/1909  (Predecessor)
Record Group 24: Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1798 - 2007
14,771 Boxes (Navy WWI Enlisted)
National Archives Identifier 299693

Marine Corps:

The following are series related to Military Personnel Records that are specific to the U.S. Marine Corps. 

(Note: This series covers a wider range of time and events than just the World War I era)

Official Military Personnel Files, 1905 - 1998
Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. U.S. Marine Corps. Personnel Management Division. ca. 1947-  (Most Recent) 
Department of the Navy. U.S. Marine Corps. 1834-9/18/1947  (Predecessor)
Record Group 127: Records of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1775 – 
4,363 Boxes (Marine Corps WWI Enlisted)
National Archives Identifier 299715

Coast Guard:

The following are series related to Military Personnel Records that are specific to the U.S. Coast Guard.

(Note: This series covers a wider range of time and events than just the World War I era)

Official Military Personnel Files, ca. 1898 - ca. 2004
Department of Homeland Security. U.S. Coast Guard. 3/1/2003-  (Most Recent) 
Department of the Treasury. Life Saving Service. 1878-1915  (Predecessor) 
Department of the Treasury. Revenue Cutter Service. 7/31/1894-1915  (Predecessor)
Record Group 26: Records of the U.S. Coast Guard, 1785 - 2005
Approximately 2,000 boxes Relating to World War 1
National Archives Identifier 597218

Requesting Records:

The National Archives at St. Louis maintains the series listed above.

For Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs), complete a Standard Form (SF) 180 and contact the National Personnel Records Center, 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138.

For Auxiliary Records (all the other records listed here), contact the National Archives at St. Louis, P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138 or email: stl.archives@nara.gov

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