Documents and data related to the article "TAGOKOR: Biography of an Electronic Record"
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TAGOKOR Documentation and Data

This repository contains documents and data related to the article "TAGOKOR: Biography of an Electronic Record" published in Archive Journal Issue 4 in May 2014 and available online at The article tells the story of the creation, acquisition, management, preservation, and use of a set of Korean War casualty records created by the U.S. Army and eventually acquired by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) as a series within Record Group 407. The series discussed is, officially: Korean War Casualty File (TAGOKOR), 2/13/1950 - 12/31/1953, Records on Korean War Dead and Wounded Army Casualties, 1950 – 1970, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1905 - 1981, Record Group 407, National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD. It can be found in NARA's online catalog with ARC identifier 583580 at

Included in this repository are:

  • Documentation

    • Technical Documentation: Technical documentation created by NARA describing TAGOKOR.
    • Paper Documentation: Though TAGOKOR is an electronic record, the collection does include one archival box of additional paper documentation. Most (though not all) of these documents were photographed on a research visit to the Center for Electronic Records at "A2" (NARA, College Park, MD) in Summer 2013.
    • Accession Dossier: An accession dossier is NARA's administrative file for an archival collection. As an active record, accession dossiers are not publicly available to researchers, but can be obtained via FOIA request (which NARA often encourages for those interested). The documentation linked here are scans of the entirety of the set of documents sent to me in response to my FOIA request, a copy of which is also included.
  • Data: The raw ASCII dump of TAGOKOR data is available through NARA at and is also included here. In addition, I have been decoding the data in Open Refine using the technical documents and an Open Refine project tarball (not yet completely decoded) is also included here. I'll add a related csv alongside it at each commit of an updated file as I continue to decode it.

  • Visualizations: As part of the article, I had planned to use D3 to visualize some of the TAGOKOR data. It wasn't done by deadline, but I still plan on finishing it. When I get some of them done, they'll go here (and I'll blog about it or something).