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FBI History

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On July 26, 2008, the FBI celebrated its 100th anniversary as an intelligence agency and national security organization and a century of service to the American people. Please explore these pages to learn how a small group of 34 investigators has grown into a cadre of more than 30,000 employees, evolving right along with the changing threats facing our nation. And see our special "FBI 100" series for interesting features and videos on our past.
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 FBI 100: Celebrating a Century

FBI History In Depth
New Centennial History BookOur New Centennial History Book
As part of our 100th anniversary, we have put together our first comprehensive history of the FBI. The book is available free on this website and for purchase in both hardcover and paperback. Details
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          Origins, 1908-10
          Early Days, 1910-21
          Lawless Years, 1921-23
          New Deal, 1933-39
          World War II, 1939-45
          Cold War, 1945-60
          Vietnam era, 1960-72
          Watergate era, 1970s
          Global Crime, 1980s
          Cold War End, 1989-93
          Wired World, 1993-2001
          New Mandate, 2001+
Biograph Theater re-createdJohn Dillinger's Last Steps
Read how the final moments of the notorious gangster have been re-created for an upcoming movie. Details
More FBI 100 Stories
Highlights and Heritage

Clyde with machine gun.Famous Cases Dillinger, Capone, and more

FBI 100 years logoFBI 100
100th anniversary materials
HooverDirectors Then & Now
Photos and bios since 1908
Airplane wreckage in hangar. Bytes Out of History
In-depth stories on our past
Shanahan Hall of Honor
Fallen FBI Agents
FBI Seal and US Flag FBI Seal & Motto
Their origins and significance
FBI Headquarters FBI Headquarters
History of the Hoover building
Hoover points to Map of FBI field office as of July 1941 Field Office History
Local history pages
Old Radio Radio Sound Bytes
A series of interviews with the FBI Historian