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World War II Army Enlistment Records, compiled 06/01/2002 - 09/30/2002, documenting the period ca. 1938 - 1946

ARC Identifier 604357

Series from Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007

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Creator(s):National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Records Services--Washington, DC. Modern Records Programs. Electronic and Special Media Records Services Division. (1998 - )
Type(s) of Archival Materials:Data Files
Textual Records

National Archives at College Park - Electronic Records (RD-DC-E), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001. PHONE: 301-837-0470; FAX: 301-837-3681; EMAIL:

Other Title(s):World War II Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File
Inclusive Dates:06/01/2002 - 09/30/2002
Coverage Dates:ca. 1938 - 1946
Date Note:Although this series was created in 2002, it contains information from the period 1938 through 1946.
Part Of:Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007
Includes: 1 file unit described in ARCSearch within this Series
Function and Use:The agency converted the Army Serial Number microfilm of computer punch cards to electronic form to support the military records reconstruction project. This file resulted from a subsequent project to prepare the records for use in the Access to Archival Databases project.
Access Restriction(s):Unrestricted
Use Restriction(s):Unrestricted
General Note(s):Each record contains the combined readings from the first two scans of each enlistment punch card although each card was scanned up to ten times. While these additional scans may have produced additional information from the card, NARA did not use a more complex algorithm to include the information from these subsequent scans to create a better "guess" than what currently appears in the series "World War II Army Enlistment Records, 2002." Therefore NARA has retained the series "Electronic Army Serial Number Raw Files, 1994-2002," should researchers want to re-process the raw data with the information from all of the scans and to try to create a file with possibly more accurate records.

These records are an electronic version of the series "Army Serial Number File, 1938-1946."

In 1994, NARA contracted with the Bureau of the Census for a special conversion project which later resulted in the creation of the series "Electronic Army Serial Number Raw Files, 1994-2002." To create the series "World War II Army Enlistment Records, 2002," the series "Electronic Army Serial Number Raw Files, 1994-2002" were merged into a single file. This processing combined the first two reads of the punch card images into a single "best guess" record and stripped the files of the box header records, end of file and blank records. The box and roll data were placed at the end of the cleaned up record. The records with the value ONE OR MORE CARDS WERE UNREADABLE AT THIS LOCATION are retained in the file at the position where they originally occurred.
Finding Aid Type:Doc. Package
Online Resource:Access to Archival Databases (AAD) system
Online Resource URL:
Online Resource Note:The electronic records in this series can be searched online via the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) system.
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Lifecycle Tracking Information 
Disposition Authority Number(s):N1-064-03-002, item 1(c)
Accession Number(s):NN3-064-03-008



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