Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 2793

Department of Administrative Services. Division Archives and Records Service World War I service records

Dates: 1917-1919.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Scope and Content

This series consists of statements of service for military personnel serving in the marines and the army during World War I; service in the navy is not included. The information was gathered originally as an historical record and to compile statistical data. At the time of their collection, authorization was sometimes granted to use the forms to to adjudicate claims involving states and to be used by patriotic or philanthropic societies, although the intention was not to make the data public or to allow it to be used as a basis for making any claim against the federal government. Their release to the the Utah State Historical Society by the State Adjutant General's Office in 1957 supported the effort of the new Military Records Section of the society to collect and make available military service data about all Utahans who had ever served in the federal armed forces.

The forms contain some variations; however, the following information is typical: name, service number, race, residence, type of entry (ie. enlisted/inducted), place and date of entry, place and date of birth, organizations served in, assignments, transfers, grades and dates of appointment, engagements, injuries, overseas service, type of discharge, departure from service, and a section for remarks.

Although few in number, other documents are also included. Occurring most frequently is a form which is self explanatory by its title: Individual Record of Decorations and Citations. There is also limited correspondence concerning individual soldiers which originated from the Adjutant General's Office of the War Department; separate forms with burial information; and forms appointing soldiers as emergency officers.

Arrangement

Alphabetical by surname.

Related Records

World War I draft board registers from the Department of Administrative Services. Division Archives and Records Service, Series 2229, contains additional data on some of the same World War I draftees.

World War I records from the State Historical Society, Series 6307, contains military service data on some of the same personnel.

Adjutant General's records from the National Guard, Series 6308, contain correspondence and updates pertaining to these service cards.

Military service cards from the Department of Administrative Services. Division Archives and Records Service, Series 85268, contains a copy of these cards interfiled with those of other Utahns who have served in the federal armed forces.

World War I service questionnaires from the State Historical Society, Series 85298, represents the state's attempt to collect data on veterans of World War I. Data about many of the same service personnel, along with a photograph, can be found in this series.

Custody History

The cards were sent to the Utah Adjutant General some time after they were compiled and were transferred to the Military Records Section of the Utah State Historical Society upon its creation in 1957.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

Microfilming took place in 1973, after which the cardes were interfiled in the MILITARY SERVICE CARDS series. Archival processing was completed during 1990.

Indexing Terms

  • Military discharge—Utah.
  • Veterans—Utah.
  • World War, 1914-1918—Utah.

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
1 ABB - ZOL (Marines)
2 AAM - BLA (Army)
3 BLA - CRA
4 CRA - GEN
5 GEN - JAC
6 JAC - LAW
7 LAW - NEL
8 NEL - RIC
9 RIC - SHE
10 SHE - VUT
11 WAC - ZYS