1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 7, 2020 7:08 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking list of African Americans employed by the White House


      I am seeking a list of African Americans employed by the White House from 1956 until 1976. My Great-Aunt worked as a cook at the White House during those years. I would like official records denoting her as an employee.

        • Re: Seeking list of African Americans employed by the White House
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Ms. Boulden,


          Thank you for your posting your request on History Hub!


          While we are unaware of a list specifically of African Americans employed by the White House, there may be an Official Personnel File (OPF) for her. OPFs and medical information for individuals who worked for the U.S. government in a civilian capacity since 1952 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center. Written requests may be mailed or faxed to National Personnel Records Center Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL 62295. The fax number is 618-935-3014. Please include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, Social Security Number (if applicable), name and location of employing Federal agency, and beginning and ending dates of Federal service. If there is any of that information that you do not know, you may omit it, however the more information you provide, the easier it will be for NPRC staff to locate the correct file. Certain information in the OPF may not be available to the general public without the written consent of the individual. For more information, please check their web site at https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/civilian-personnel.


          Also, there may be some records concerning the White House residence staff at the presidential libraries for the president’s during whose terms she served.  We suggest that you contact the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, and the Gerald R Ford Presidential Library and Museum.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from various Presidential Libraries. Also, the National Personnel Records Center is is currently only servicing emergency requests and will soon expand its service to include time-sensitive requests from veterans for records needed to secure VA home loan guarantees and employment opportunities.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!