A National Personnel Records Center officially opened its doors on October 15th, 2011 with an official opening ceremony led by Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero.
The National Personnel Records Center
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) 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 National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) policy that places all inactive Federal personnel records, both military and civilian, in the custody of a single administrative unit.
The National Personnel Records Center, with the capacity for more than 2.3 million cubic feet of records, is home to all of the Agency's archival and permanent records. The NPRC houses 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 facility is also home to 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.
Records with a discharge date of 62 years ago or longer are archival and are open to the public. Records with a discharge date of less than 62 years ago 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, but an appointment is required.
For more information, be sure to check out the NARA website. The facility is located at 1 Archives Drive, Saint Louis, Missouri, 63138 in suburban North St. Louis County.