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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-302-001NSA School Group; 01/20/1955
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-303-001Electronics class and group; 01/27/1955
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-304-001Construction Progress shots; 02/08/1955
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-305-001First move to Ft. Meade wing 7&8 A, 2&3 B; 1/27/1955
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-306-001First intern training group; included in photo are: Richard L. Bernard, Sylvester J. Diehl, Constance E. Duck, John M. Healy, Robert L. Lowrey, Robert C. McHenry, Robert M. Mercer, Alfred D. Sander, and Bruce W. Wetmore; 2/10/1955
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-307-001Area shots; 02/23/1955
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-308-001Progress views of construction; 02/24/1955
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-309-001Damage to construction; 02/25/1955
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-310-001General Canine and visiting placement officers; 02/28/1955
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-311-001Fort Meade views; 02/04/1955
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-312-001Progress shots of construction; 03/02/1955
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-313-001NSS Basketball shots; 03/02/1955
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-318-001Ft. Meade; Sewage Treatment Plant; 04/21/1955
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-318-002Ft. Meade; 04/21/1955
 Historic Photograph of NSA and its Predecessor Organizations; See image description for specific informationHIST-318-003Ft. Meade; Barracks; 04/24/1955
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