Friday, October 7, 2011

NARA: Media Tour National Personnel Records Center

Behind the Scenes Look at New National Archives National Personnel Records Center
Media Tour of New Facility Thursday, October 13, 2011, 10 AM

WHAT:          The media is invited to attend a press tour of the National Archives National Personnel Records Center in anticipation of the dedication of the new facility on Saturday, October 15, 2011.  The tour will include:
·         Stack areas that house more than 100 million personnel files of veterans and former civil servants;
·         Preservation labs where original documents are restored;
·         Opportunity to view original personnel files of famous veterans such as Jackie Robinson, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, George Patton, Jack Kerouac, and Alex Haley; and
·         Exhibition titled “Documented Rights” illustrating the continuing process of defining human and civil rights, on display through March 2, 2012.

WHO:             Bryan McGraw, Director of the National Archives at St Louis
                        Marta O’Neill, Preservation Officer, National Personnel Records Center

WHEN:          10 AM, Thursday, October 13, 2011.
WHERE:        National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive (1829 Dunn Road), St Louis, MO. Next to Hazelwood East Middle School off Dunn Road (for GPS purposes use 1829 Dunn Road).
Directions: 
From the North:
Take U.S. 367 South to I-270 East. Take I-270 East to Bellefontaine Road (exit 32). Turn left onto Bellefontaine Road, then an immediate left onto Dunn Road. NPRC is on the right at 1 Archives Drive.
From the South:
Take I-70 to I-170 North (exit 238). Take I-170 North to I-270 East (exit 10B).  Go east on I-270 to Bellefontaine Road (exit 32).
BACKGROUND:  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 services 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 new National Personnel Records Center has the capacity to store 2.3 million cubic feet of records.  Holdings include more than 100 million Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Organizational and Auxiliary files, and Official Personnel Folders (OPF) of former civilian Federal personnel who separated prior to 1973.  The new facility is the home to over 600 NPRC staff and over a dozen other Federal agencies. It contains a state-of-the-art preservation laboratory for records conservation, two large public research rooms and a multi-purpose room for meetings and public outreach.
In St. Louis call 314-801-0847 (Public Programs) stlpublic.programs@nara.gov.