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The New National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)

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The New National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)

The National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO

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The New National Personnel Records Center (NPRC):

A "new" National Personnel Records Center has officially opened it's doors October 15th, 2011 with an official opening ceremony led by Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero. The amazing new facility is located at 1 Archives Drive, Saint Louis, Missouri, 63138 in suburban North St. Louis County.

The National Personnel Records Center is one of the National Archives and Records Administration's largest operations. It is the central repository of personnel-related records for both the military and civil service employees of the United States Government. Its mission is to provide world class service to government agencies, military veterans and their family members, former civilian Federal employees, and the general public.

The NPRC, as it exists today, is the product of several previous operations. Today's organization is the embodiment of NARA's policy that places all inactive Federal personnel records, both military and civilian, in the custody of a single administrative unit.

The new National Personnel Records Center, with the capacity for more than 2.3 million cubic feet of records, will be home to all of the Agency's archival and permanent records, once the move is complete. Currently, the building and research rooms are open for business, but records are still in transport. Plans to minimize the unavailability of records during the move are in effect. The completion of the move is expected for fall of 2012. Eventually, the NPRC will include all Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Organizational and Auxiliary files, and Official Personnel Folders (OPF) of former civilian Federal personnel who separated prior to 1973 at the center. The new facility will also be home to over 600 NPRC staff and over a dozen other Federal agencies. It has a state-of-the-art preservation laboratory for records conservation, a large public research room, and a multi-purpose room for meetings and public outreach.

Overview of NPRC Records Holdings:

There are two types of records available at the NPRC, Archival records and Federal records. Records are accessioned into the National Archives, and become archival, 62 years after the service member's separation from the military. This is a rolling date; hence, the current year, 2011, minus 62 years is 1949. Records with a discharge date of 1949 or prior are archival and are open to the public. Records with a discharge date of 1949 or after are non-archival and are maintained under the Federal Records Center program. Non-archival records are subject to access restrictions.

Archival records opened to the public are as follows:

  • Organizational, Auxiliary and Other records pertaining to individual military and civilian service with the government of the United States - includes Selective Service Records
  • Official Personnel Folders (OPF) of former Federal civil servants whose employment ended prior 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; and other cultural figures who served in the military
  • Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF) from all service branches for veterans with a discharge date of 1949 or prior

Federal records subject to access restrictions are as follows:

  • Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF) from all service branches for veterans with a discharge date of 1949 or after
  • Employee Medical Folders (EMF) of former Federal civilian employees
  • Official Personnel Folders (OPF) of former Federal civil servants whose employment ended after 1951
  • Military health and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans, retirees and military family members treated at military service medical facilities

Visitors and on-site researchers are able to access information at the facilities research rooms if individual(s) feel the need to do so in person. Appointments are necessary and Federal and Archival research rooms are completely seperate. If an individual wishes to access both research rooms, then he/she must schedule appoinments with both research rooms seperately.

You can contact the National Personnel Records Center by the following:

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

Telephone: 314-801-0800
Fax: 314-801-9195
E-mail: MPR.center@nara.gov

Directions:
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) is located at 1 Archives Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63138 in suburban North St. Louis County, near the intersection of U.S. 367 and Interstate 270.

From Lambert St. Louis International Airport, take I-270 East, exit left onto Bellefontaine Road, and take the first left onto Dunn Road. The NPRC will be on your right, at 1 Archives Drive. The Guard at the gate will provide further information about parking and building entry. Our Research Rooms are located on the first floor.

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