Research Tip #12
Civil Service Employee Records
State Archives holds State employee history cards from approximately 1894-1954 (series 15029). The cards provide summary work history of individuals employed by New York State under the Civil Service System. There are NO records for employees of local municipalities or private companies, even if those businesses provided contract workers for the State. The central data file on all more recent New York State employees is maintained by the New York State Department of Civil Service.
Cards are stored offsite, and it requires several days to arrange and complete a search. Researchers must supply, at minimum: full name of the state employee; name of the state office or institution in which they worked (with place/location, if known); and approximate dates of service (helpful to narrow common names).
There is no charge for the search; if a record is found, cost is $1.00 each for a photocopy.