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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-001-004Second Signal Service Battalion Officers
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-001-001Second Signal Service Battalion Officers and Enlisted Men
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-001-002Second Signal Service Battalion Officers and Enlisted Men
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-001-003Second Signal Service Battalion Officers and Enlisted Men
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-069-001Sect. of War, Royall (FME); Secretary of War; 2/25/1948
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-060-003Security Division S Room; 07/15/1947
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-060-002Security Division S Room; Crypto Chris and Transfu cartoons on the wall; 07/15/1947
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-060-001Security Division S Room; SIGABA ; 07/15/1947
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-183-001Security Guard, A,B,C,D, Platoon, Captain Worrall Jr. (Carlance & Lumpkin); 10/13/1952
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-250-001Security patrol soldier (Carlance); 12/04/1953
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-159-001Service Club-Game Room and Snack Bar (Lumpkin); 05/01/1952
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-275-001Shot of Ft Meade Model (Carlance); 06/04/1954
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-155-001social gathering; 01/18/1952
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-145-002Social gathering; 02/03/1951
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-145-005Social gathering; 02/03/1951
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