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Hi, I found reference to an "Official register of the United States containing a list of officers and employees in the civil, military, and naval service..." published for a number of years in the 1800s and early 1900s, which does list postmasters throughout the country by state. One site (https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/012508017 ) had a number of years of the register, which appear to be full-text. A bit difficult to search tho. This register (or similar information) also appears to be on Ancestry.com. I did a quick search for Jerome Harvey and several records were found; Jerome L. Harvey and a J.L. Harvey, both in Iowa (Decatur, Cass, and Marion). There was also a Jerome Harvey in Potter PA. I do not have an Ancestry account so there are no dates or additional information that I can access. But it is another source you can try. Hope this is of some help. joan
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The Official Register is a good source.
I searched NARA's website and found this, which might also be helpful.
It looks like the records they are describing there correspond to this series in the catalog. https://catalog.archives.gov/id/596306
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Dear Mr. Hinshaw,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Records of Appointments of Postmasters, 1832 - 9/30/1971 in the Records of the Post Office Department (Record Group 28) that includes an entry for Jerome L. Harvey, appointed postmaster of Leon, Decatur County, Iowa, on 21 May 1889. His replacement was appointed 20 April, 1893. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The records were reproduced on Microfilm Publication M841, which is described on our topic page Appointment of Postmasters, 1832 - September 30, 1971. Microfilm Publication M841 has been digitized by Ancestry and is available through their website as data collection U.S., Appointments of U. S. Postmasters, 1832-1971. There may be a fee for using this service, or you may view these records online at one NARA’s facilities for free via ALIC.
Below is an image of the relevant portion of the record for Jerome L. Harvey.
We also searched the Official Register of the United States and located listings for Jerome L. Harvey as postmaster of Leon, Decatur County, Iowa, in 1889 and 1891.
Besides the 19th century Post Office Department records in the custody of RDT1, there may be other information at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum.
For more information about conducting genealogical research concerning you ancestor and his family, see NARA’s Resources for Genealogists.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
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The National Archives at St. Louis holds all the Official Personnel Folders for former civil servants. You may request a search of the Post Office Department employee records by emailing email@example.com.
Cara Moore Lebonick
Archives Reference Specialist
National Archives at St. Louis
For our general run, yes. But we have more specific runs by location or position that go back further.