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Historic Photographs of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations

 

This collection of over 800 photographs represents the early years of the National Security Agency and its predecessors, the Armed Forces Security Agency and the Army Security Agency, between the mid-1940s and mid-1950s. A majority of the photographs represent life for employees working at Arlington Hall Station, the headquarters of NSA and its predecessors prior to moving to Fort Meade, MD in the 1950s. Descriptive information found with the photographs was sparse. Historians from the Center for Cryptologic History have added additional descriptive information to the metadata when possible. Many of the photographs indicate a date in the lower corner. In some cases, these dates represent when the photograph was taken, in other cases it represents when the particular print was developed or a copy was made at someone’s request. In many cases, captions will indicate who requested the copy. Some photographs represent sites that are not Arlington Hall. This is usually indicated in the description.

If you have additional information about any of the people or subjects in the photos, please contact the Center for Cryptologic History at cch@nsa.gov.

ImageTitleDescription
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-230-001All star softball game (Salm); 08/11/1953
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-231-001M.J. Russ - tennis (Salm); 07/01/1953
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-232-001Captain Work - warehouse and road improvement at Congressional airport (Carlance and Salm); 08/24/1953
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-233-001Photo, management and development luncheon (Salm); Canine; 8/25/1953
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-234-001Agency softball game - Phils vs Cards (Salm); 08/31/1953
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-235-001Steven Goodman - Photo of wing before change (Salm); 08/22/1953
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-236-001M.J. Russ - opening football game (Salm); 09/14/1953
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-241-001Hanna- Before & after method of improvement (Salm); 11/06/1953
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-242-001Before & after wing 3, B bldg (Ebaugh); 11/6/1953
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-243-001San Francisco Operation; 11/01/1953
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-244-001Crowning Agency Queen-Agency dance (Salm); 11/20/1953
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-245-001Opening basketball game (boys) (Salm); 12/02/1953
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-246-001Lieutenant Sturges- copy of two mules drawing (Carlance); 12/04/1953
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-247-001Wheatly- copies; Unit of Koreans working on intercept and translation; 11/01/1953
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-248-001Glee club concert; 12/02/1953
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