5 Replies Latest reply on Sep 22, 2019 7:16 AM by J. Andrew

    Seeking civilian employee personnel records

    a eldredge Wayfarer

      Are civilian employees personnel files available if you only have approximate years they may have worked at a Navy Hospital in WWII or in Okinawa around 1950?  In looking at NARA site for OPF, it states the dates of service must be known.  I can only make an educated guess--  would they respond in a positive way?  Thanks.

        • Re: Seeking civilian employee personnel records
          Holly Rivet Scout

          Dear Mr. Eldredge,

           

          Thank you for posting your question on History Hub!

           

          A person working on a military base as a civilian could be in one of two categories: contractors who were paid with private funds or federal employees paid with public funds.  The National Archives will only have Official Personnel Files (OPF) of the latter. 

           

          The first thing we suggest would be to check the 1950 Federal Register. This annual publication lists every federal employee, their official title, and salary.  You may search for the last name within this .pdf (Ctrl+F). This will provide you with the agency and sub-agency the person worked for.  Follow this link for a search result page that provides you with the Federal Registers from 1950-1954.  If you search each year, you will be able to confirm if they were still employed with the Federal Government past 1951. 

           

          If this person was employed with the Federal Government before 1952, please contact our St. Louis location.  If they were still employed in 1952 or if you’re still unsure of the exact date of separation of service, contact the Valmeyer Annex.  If they determine St. Louis has the file, they will refer you to them. 

           

          We hope this information has been helpful!

           

          Sincerely,

          Holly Rivet

           

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          • Re: Seeking civilian employee personnel records
            a eldredge Wayfarer

            Thank you for the guidance.  Crossing fingers!

            • Re: Seeking civilian employee personnel records
              a eldredge Wayfarer

              no luck using the link to find the name of interest..

                • Re: Seeking civilian employee personnel records
                  J. Andrew Adventurer

                  Like I said before, I wouldn't count on the Official Register to have the name you are looking for.  It is true that for the 19th century they listed practically every employee down to the messenger boys, but once you get into the 1950s government was so big that this was impracticable.  Usually only the most senior officials were listed.  My advice is to send in a request for the OPF using what information you do have, and hope for the best.

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