2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 20, 2021 12:04 PM by Mary Kennedy

    Seeking records of Signal Corps schools in VI Corps area

    Mary Kennedy Newbie

      During World War II my late mother Mary Flaherty was employed as a civilian member of the Board of Examiners and the Testing Department for the Signal Schools in the Sixth Corp Area in Chicago, Illinois from 3 August 1942 to 15 December 1943.  I would like to research the records of the Signal Schools in the Sixth Corp Area from 3 August 1942 to 15 December 1943 for more information generally about the Board of Examiners and the Testing Department and specifically for reference to my mother. Below is a letter of recommendation from Col. C. N. Sawyer, Commanding, Signal Corps. 

        • Re: Seeking records of Signal Corps schools in VI Corps area
          Rachael Salyer Ranger

          Dear Ms. Kennedy,


          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.


          Next, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Classified Central Decimal Files, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer (Record Group 111) that includes some information about Signal Corps schools that may be useful for your research. The series Records Concerning Field Offices, 1940-1955 in Record Group 111 contains some information related to Chicago that might be of interest to you as well. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov for assistance with these and similar records.


          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 is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!