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    Records of Army Officer Correspondence Received by War Department 1918-1940

    James Burnett Wayfarer

      Am looking for existing correspondence from Army officers to the War Department, in general or to specific departments, during the general period from America's entry into World War I up to 1940, the year before our entry into WWII.  Of Specific interest would be correspondence from then Col. Conrad S. Babock, commanding officer, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Division to the War Department. Is such correspondence individually recorded in Records Groups or would it, if it existed, be incorporated under a general heading within that record group? 

        • Re: Records of Army Officer Correspondence Received by War Department 1918-1940
          Rebecca Collier Navigator

          Dear Mr. Burnett,

           

          Thank you for contacting the History Hub.

           

          Twentieth Century War Department and Army records are usually arranged by unit and/or by subject instead of by correspondent. To locate correspondence by Col. Babcock, we suggest that you search the “Records of Divisions, 1917-1920” in Record Group (RG) 120, NM-91 1241 [NAID 301641] for the 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division in Boxes 83-88.  There are additional records for the 1st Division on Roll 17 of the “Index of World War I Historical Records” in RG 165, A1 311 [NAID 2523192].  Otherwise, please check the various decimal files of RG 407 and RG 165 depending on the subject or topic of the correspondence.

           

          If you wish to review these records, the staff of the Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RDT2) will be pleased to make the finding aids to these records available to you or your representative in the Textual Research Room at the National Archives in College Park, MD.  RDT2 is located at 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, near the University of Maryland--College Park campus.

           

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          We hope that this information. Best of luck with your research.

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