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A Look At FBI’s Colossal Filing System During World War II

1940s | August 10, 2016

The photos below give us a fascinating look inside the FBI’s filing system during the Second World War. Housed in the Washington, D.C. Armory, the FBI’s archive collected more than 23 million cards and over 10 million fingerprint records, with around 400,000 new cards added monthly.

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During WWII, the federal government invested a large amount of resources to investigate potential defectors and spies.

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By the end of 1943, the FBI have employed around 13,000 people.

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Since 1924, the FBI has been the sole U.S. repository for fingerprints.

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