1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 23, 2020 2:25 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking WWI civilian War Department personnel records


      I am seeking personnel records of a War Department civilian translator in Washington, DC during WWI. She was employed during 1918 and died of influenza 26 December 1918. She had been promoted to some prominent official but died before she could begin the new position. Thanks.

        • Re: Seeking WWI civilian War Department personnel records
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Gelatt,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We suggest that you request a copy of her Official Personnel File (OPF). OPFs and medical information for individuals who worked for the U.S. government in a civilian capacity prior to 1952 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis, P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138. Please include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, name and location of employing Federal agency, beginning and ending dates of Federal Service. For more information, the web site is https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/civilian-personnel.


          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 acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


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