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This Project

On May 18, 1917, Congress passed the Selective Service Act, authorizing President Woodrow Wilson to draft men into military service. The Selective Service System required all men, regardless of citizenship, between the ages of 18 and 45 to register for the draft. This requirement resulted in three separate registrations. Each registration used a slightly different variation of the registration card.

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Skill Level: Beginning

  • This project is recommended for new volunteers who are still becoming familiar with the indexing process and system.

Characteristics and Description

  • This registration was for men who were born between February 1873 and 1900.
  • Three basic forms were used for the registration.
  • The information was handwritten or typed on printed forms.
  • Only the front of draft cards has data to be indexed, but both the front and back of the card are on the same image.
  • The back of the cards has no information to be indexed.
  • Each batch generally has 25 images, with one record per image.
  • Highlights are available for this project.

Additional Information

  • No restrictions are associated with this collection. The completed index and links to digital images will be freely accessible online to the general public when the collection is published.

 

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