1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 7, 2021 2:50 PM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking employment record at Indiana Ordnance Works

    Edward Leary Newbie

      Seeking guidance to whom a FOIA/PA request should be submitted to obtain the employment record held by the Indiana Ordnance Works (IOW) in the summer of 1945 for an individual who was transferred by Dupont’s Clinton Laboratories at the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to the IOW. Records obtained by FOIA from Department of Energy at Oak Ridge confirmed the individual’s transfer to IOW and the transfer of his employment record to the IOW described by DoE as a DoD facility in WWII.

        • Re: Seeking employment record at Indiana Ordnance Works
          Rachael Salyer Pioneer

          Dear Mr. Leary,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of the individual’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.


          Next, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located 2 series and 13 files in various record groups that relate to the Indiana Ordnance Works in the 1940s. We also located 2 series in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance (Record Group 156) that relate to the Indiana Arsenal. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov for access to and information about these and similar records.


          Plus, we located the publication Arsenals of Democracy in the Publications of the U.S. Government (Record Group 287) that includes information about the Indiana Ordnance Works. This file has been digitized and may be viewed online via the Catalog.


          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.


          Finally, information about the Indiana Ordnance Works and the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant is available online from the Charlestown Clark County Public Library and the Indiana Historical Bureau. We suggest that you contact these or similar organizations for additional assistance.


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