1 Reply Latest reply on May 3, 2021 9:20 AM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking information on Alva E Hines

    Susan Hines Newbie

      My uncle returned to Europe after WWI to serve as a clerk in the Graves Registration Service. Are there employment records? He was in Belgium and France and his name was Alva E Hines. His wife Daisy Wheeler Hines joined him there. Later he joined the Veterans Bureau in Detroit, MI. Eventually, he became a lawyer there. Are their employment records and correspondence related to VA lawyers working in Detroit? I would like to know the nature of his work. He died in 1941.

        • Re: Seeking information on Alva E Hines
          Rachael Salyer Pioneer

          Dear Ms. Hines,


          We suggest that you request a copy of your uncle’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, the website is https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/opf.


          In addition, we searched the National Archives and located the series Geographic Files, 1917-1959 in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15) that contains some records related to Detroit. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at Washington, D.C. - Textual Reference (RDT1) at archvies1reference@nara.gov for access to and information about these records.


          We also identified the series Correspondence with Field Units, 1925-1948 and the series Field Supervisors Reports, 1925-1926 in Record Group 15 that may contain information about the Veterans Bureau’s Detroit office. These records have not been digitized. You may contact RDT1 for additional information about these and similar records.


          Next, we located the series Photographic Album Compiled for Frank T. Hines, 1/1/1923-12/31/1933 in Record Group 15 that contains one image of the Detroit Regional Office Staff that may be of interest to you. These records have been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog. You may contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at stillpix@nara.gov with any questions you might have about these records. 


          Finally, you may also use the Catalog to explore records related to the Graves Registration Service.


          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, RDT1, and RDSS. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We hope this information is helpful, and best of luck with your family research!