National Archives at St. Louis
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)
What's New at NPRC
National Archives – Saint Louis staff participated in the National Genealogical Society’s Family History Conference in Saint Charles from May 13 – May 16, 2015. In addition to speaking with hundreds of genealogists and other attendees regarding the record series maintained at 1 Archives Drive, four staff members delivered presentations.
The speaker’s names, the topics discussed, and copies of their presentations are available below.
Personnel Records of the National Archives – Saint Louis
by Director & Access Coordinator – Saint Louis & Midwest Bryan McGraw
Feds in the Family Tree: Records of Civil Servants, the CCC, and the WPA
by Archivist Ashley Mattingly
The Sick and the Dead, Veterans Administration Claim Files and World War I Burial Files
by Archivist Daria Labinsky
Finding your World War I Veteran at the National Archives – Saint Louis
by Archivist Theresa Fitzgerald
"Poverty in America," lecture (May 29, 2013) that aired on C-SPAN
"Photographs of the Great Depression," lecture (April 17, 2013) that aired on C-SPAN
"Burnt in Memory: Looking back, looking forward at the 1973 St. Louis fire," Prologue (Spring 2013)
"Question 22: 1940 Census Provides a Glimpse of the Demographics of the New Deal," Prologue (Summer 2012)
Millions of men and women were employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression as a part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal program. Discover the history of these agencies and learn how to request reproduction copies of the associated personnel records maintained by the National Archives at St. Louis.
Mission and History:
Personnel Records, Quick Find:
|MILITARY PERSONNEL RECORDS|
|If the veteran separated from military service before 1956||If the veteran separated from military service after 1956|
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) is one of the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) largest operations. We are the central repository of personnel-related records for both the military and civil services of the United States Government. Our mission is to provide world class service to government agencies, military veterans and their family members, former civilian Federal employees, and the general public.
The NPRC, as it exists today, is the product of several previous operations. Today's organization is the embodiment of NARA's policy that places all inactive Federal personnel records, both military and civilian, in the custody of a single administrative unit. The history of the NPRC is a rich and varied story whose roots are interwoven in the fabric of the post-World War II American Experience.
NPRC Records Holdings, Overview:
|ARCHIVAL RECORDS||FEDERAL RECORDS|
|Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF) from all service branches for veterans with a discharge date of 1956 or prior*||Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF) from all service branches for veterans with a discharge date of 1957 or after*|
|Records of Persons of Exceptional Prominence (PEP): military personnel files of Presidents, members of Congress and the Supreme Court; famous military leaders; decorated heroes; celebrities; and other cultural figures who served in the military||Military health and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans, retirees and military family members treated at military service medical facilities|
|Official Personnel Folders (OPF) of former Federal civil servants whose employment ended prior to 1952||Official Personnel Folders (OPF) of former Federal civil servants whose employment ended after 1951|
|Organizational, Auxiliary and Other records pertaining to individual military and civilian service with the government of the United States - includes Selective Service Records||Employee Medical Folders (EMF) of former Federal civilian employees|
* Records are accessioned into the National Archives, and become archival, 62 years after the service member's separation from the military. This is a rolling date; hence, the current year, 2018, minus 62 years is 1956. Records with a discharge date of 1956 or prior are archival and are open to the public. Records with a discharge date of 1957 or after are non-archival and are maintained under the Federal Records Center program. Non-archival records are subject to access restrictions.
National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138
Status Check: Check the Status of a Military Service Records Request
Directions (Printable version)
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) and the National Archives at St. Louis are located in suburban north St. Louis County, near the intersection of MO-367 and I-270.
1 ARCHIVES DRIVE
ST. LOUIS, MO 63138
From Lambert St. Louis International Airport:
Take I-70 East toward St. Louis, merge onto I-170 North (Exit 238B) on the left, merge onto I-270 East (Exit 10B), exit to Bellefontaine Road (Exit 32) and turn left, take the first left onto Dunn Road. The building will be on the right.
From the West:
Take I-270 North/East toward Chicago, exit to Bellefontaine Road (Exit 32) and turn left, take the first left (after the bridge) onto Dunn Road. The building will be on the right.
From the East
Take I-270 West toward St. Charles, exit to Bellefontaine Road (Exit 32) and stay straight to go onto Dunn Road. The building will be on the right.
From the North:
Take US-67/MO-367 South, merge onto I-270 East toward Chicago, exit to Bellefontaine Road (Exit 32) and turn left, take the first left (after the bridge) onto Dunn Road. The building will be on the right.
From the South:
Take I-270 North (which becomes I-270 East), exit to Bellefontaine Road (Exit 32) and turn left, take the first left onto Dunn Road. The building will be on the right.
The Guard at the gate will provide further information about parking and building entry. Our Research Rooms are located on the first floor.