National Archives opens new facility in St. Louis

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Posted: Oct 14, 2011 3:44 AM
National Archives opens new facility in St. Louis

Elvis Presley, Charles Lindbergh, John Coltrane and Jackie Robinson all have something in common in St. Louis.

Their military records are now on file in the National Archives' new $115 million facility opening Saturday. The National Personnel Records Center is one of 44 Archives sites across the country and houses millions of files for those who served in the military and civil service.

The records include open files on more than 500 "Persons of Exceptional Prominence."

Archives spokeswoman Susan Cooper says the St. Louis facility will be its largest outside Washington. It's often visited by veterans and their families seeking military files. The National Archives at St. Louis receives as many as 5,000 requests a day.

An exhibit is open at the facility through March.