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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Thank you. I had hesitated to do this because when I have twice requested my mother's service record with the Coast Guard, I have received the records of a different person with a similar name, even though I have her full name, birthdate, social security number, and military service number. But, I think it is worth trying again with these records, so thank you!