2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 13, 2021 10:58 AM by Peggy Ann Brown

    Seeking mother's Civilian summer employment records

    Peggy Ann Brown Wayfarer

      In summers 1938-1940, my mother, a high school teacher of English and secretarial skills in Missouri, came to Washington, DC as a temporary secretary (clerk?) to work in various federal offices during regular employees' vacations. Is there any way to find her employment record for these summers?  Thank you.

        • Re: Seeking mother's Civilian summer employment records
          Rachael Salyer Pioneer

          Dear Ms. Brown,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of your mother’s Official Personnel File (OPF). OPFs and medical information for individuals who worked for the U.S. government in a civilian capacity before 1952 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). Please email RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov and include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, Social Security Number (if applicable), name and location of the employing Federal agency, beginning and ending dates of Federal Service. For more information, please check the Official Personnel Folders (OPF), Archival Holdings and Access website.


          If her employment was part of a civil works or other special project or if you know which agencies she worked with, there may be other relevant records to explore. For example, the series Correspondence with Government Agencies and Private Organizations Relating to Civil Works, 1923-1942 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers (Record Group 77) includes records related to school teachers. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov for information about these and similar records. In your inquiry, please include as much information as possible (e.g. full name, dates, project, agency).


          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 RL-SL and RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


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