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National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) National Archives
at St. Louis
NPRC, Military Personnel Records, 1 Archives Dr., St. Louis, Missouri.

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Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  MPR.center@nara.gov

Address:[1]

National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138

Telephone:[1]  314-801-0800
Fax:  314-801-9195

Hours:[2]  Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (Closed weekends and federal holidays).

Directions, map, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), also known as the National Archives at St. Louis, is one of the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) largest operations.

  • Archival Records (accessable):  Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF) from all service branches for veterans with a discharge date from 1912 to 1952*. Records of Persons of Exceptional Prominence (PEP) military personnel files of Presidents, members of Congress and the Supreme Court, famous military leaders, decorated heroes, celebrities. Official Personnel Folders (OPF) of former Federal civil servants whose employment ended prior to 1952. Organizational, auxiliary and other records about individual military or civilian service including Selective Service Records.[5]
  • Federal Records (restricted):  Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF) from all service branches for veterans with a discharge date of 1952* or after. Military health and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans, retirees and military family members treated at military service medical facilities. Official Personnel Folders (OPF) of former Federal civil servants whose employment ended after 1951. Employee Medical Folders (EMF) of former Federal civilian employees.[5]
*Records are accessioned into the National Archives, and become archival, 62 years after [5] the service member's separation from the military. This is a rolling date which changes every year.

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Record Loss. On 12 July 1973 a fire resulted in the loss of records for:[6]
  • Army  80% of soldiers discharged 1912-1960.
  • Air Force  75% of airmen discharged 1947-1964 (James E. Hubbard to Z in the alphabet).
    For alternative veterans' records suggestions,[7] see Finding a World War II (1939-1945) Veteran's Records—most sources listed would also cover 1912-1964.

Tips

While the NPRC's Archival Research Room is open to the public, to view records schedule an appointment in advance. Appointments are required.  For an appointment e-mail: stlarr.archives@nara.gov, or telephone: 314-801-0850. When scheduling an appointment please provide:

  • your full name[8]
  • your daytime telephone number
  • date and time of the desired appointment
  • if you want to bring electronic equipment see Archival Research Room Policies and Procedures
  • the specifics of the records you are requesting.

Guides

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[9]
  • National Archives at College Park, Maryland collects records of the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury all after 1900.[10]
  • National Archives at Kansas City, MO, records of federal agencies and courts for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, military records.[11] [12]

Neighboring Collections

In 1876 St. Louis City separated from St. Louis County, but retained all of the original St. Louis County records prior to 1876.

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 4 March 2014).
  2. Military Personnel Records in National Archives (accessed 4 March 2014).
  3. "About ARC" in National Archives Archives.gov at http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/about-arc.html (accessed 5 April 2009).
  4. "What will I find in AAD?" in "Getting Started Guide" in "Access to Archival Databases (AAD)" in National Archives Archives.gov at http://aad.archives.gov/aad/help/getting-started-guide.html#find (accessed 5 April 2009).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in National Archives (accessed 6 March 2014).
  6. National Personnel Records Center - A History in National Archives (accessed 4 March 2014).
  7. Finding a World War II (1939-1945) Veteran's Records in FamilySearch Wiki (accessed 5 March 2014).
  8. Archival Research Room in National Archives (accessed 5 March 2014).
  9. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  10. Information for Researchers at the National Archives at College Park, MD in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  11. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 67. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  12. National Archives at Kansas City in National Archives (accessed 5 March 2014).
  13. 13.0 13.1 Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 396. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  14. St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds and Vital Records Registrar (accessed 7 March 2014).
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT : Everton Publishers, 2002), 406. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  16. City of St. Louis Assessor's Office - Administrative in City of St. Louis, Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  17. 22nd Judicial Circuit Probate Division Resource Room in 22nd Circuit Court St. Louis, Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  18. 18.0 18.1 St. Louis County Vital Records in St. Louis County, Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  19. St. Louis County Clerk in St. Louis County, Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  20. St. Louis County Recorder of Deeds Division in St. Louis County, Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  21. St. Louis County Circuit Court Clerk in St. Louis County, Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  22. St. Louis County Probate Court in St. Louis County, Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  23. St. Louis County Office of the Medical Examiner in St. Louis County, Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  24. Home in St. Louis Genealogical Society (accessed 7 March 2014).
  25. Genealogy and local history in St. Louis County Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 26.6 Dollarhide and Bremer, 67.
  27. German American Heritage Society of St. Louis (accessed 7 March 2014)
  28. Library in Missouri History Museum (accessed 7 March 2014).
  29. Home in St. Louis African American History and Genealogy Society (accessed 7 March 2014).
  30. Clayton Historical Society (accessed 7 March 2014).
  31. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  32. Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Information in Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (accessed 7 March 2014).
  33. Collections and Research in State Historical Society of Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  34. Research Room in Missouri Secretary of State (accessed 7 March 2014).
  35. Midwest Genealogy Center in Mid-Continent Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  36. Special Collections in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  37. Our Collection in Harrison County Museum (accessed 7 March 2014).

 

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