Dear Ms. Roderick,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located three series created by the Veterans Administration’s Department of Memorial Affairs, including the series Policy and Precedent Files, 1973-1975, the series Cemeterial Reference and General Information Files, 1973-1980, and the series National Cemetery Historical Files, 1973-1989 in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15) that may contain some helpful information. These records have not been digitized. For information about and access to these series, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next, we located the series Applications for Headstones, 1/1/1925-6/30/1970 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) that may be of interest to you as it contains applications for headstones for soldiers who served in all wars. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online via the Catalog. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) at email@example.com.
Plus, we located the series Lists of Inscriptions for Headstones for Private Cemeteries, 1911-1912; the series List of Inscriptions for Headstones for Private Cemeteries Furnished under Contract with Gross and Deely, 1911-1912; and the series Records of Headstone Contracts and U.S. Soldiers' Burials, 1861-1903 in Record Group 92 that might also contain some relevant information. These records have not been digitized. Please contact RDT1 with any questions you may have about these records.
Please review the authority file for a brief organizational history and links to other series created by the Quartermaster General's Memorial Division in the Catalog. And you may wish to review NARA’s Research Guide for Headstone Records for U.S. Military Veterans Buried in Nonfederal Cemeteries, 1879–1985.
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 RDT1 and RL-SL. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
Finally, more information about current policies and practices related to Pre-World War I Era Headstones and Markers are available on the website of the VA’s National Cemetery Administration. We suggest that you contact a particular State Veterans Affairs Office to see if they can offer you any additional guidance.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank you for responding, but it's not the reply I was hoping for.