World War I Discharge Records

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Arkansas Draft Registration Records, 1917-1918

Between 1917 and 1918 the United States held three successive draft registrations in preparation for its entry into World War I. These registrations required that every able-bodied man between the ages of 21 and 45 report to his local draft board and complete a registration card giving detailed personal information. Approximately twenty-three million men complied.

Individual registration cards for Arkansas men are filed with the records of that man's local draft board and then in alphabetical order by last name. Because most counties had only one draft board, the name of the draft board and the name of the county are the same. However, in Pulaski, Jefferson, and Sebastian counties, there were two draft boards for each county. In addition, the city of Little Rock had two draft boards that were separate from the two for Pulaski County. Each card contains the man's name, age, address, date of birth, citizenship status, place of birth, and other basic information. The cards also contain a brief physical description and the registrant's signature. The cards are available on 69 rolls of microfilm at MFILM Military 00000108.

Arkansas World War I Discharge Records

The World War I discharge records contain discharge information for the men and women from Arkansas who served in World War I. The cards are in rough alphabetical order by the soldier's last name. Besides information about military service, each card contains the veteran's age, place of birth, and place of residence. If a soldier died during the war, the card contains information on his date of death and place of burial. The Arkansas History Commission houses the original cards. These records are available on microfilm at MFILM Military 00000109. The searchable index contains information from approximately 36,000 cards and more will be added periodically.

Photocopies of WWI discharge records can be requested by filling out our Military Photocopy Order Form, then mailing it and a check for the photocopy fee to: Arkansas History Commission, One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201.