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FBI History

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On July 26, 2004, the Federal Bureau of Investigation celebrated 96 years of public service. On that day in the year 1908, Attorney General Charles Bonaparte ordered 9 newly hired detectives, 13 civil rights investigators, and 12 accountants to take on investigative assignments in areas such as antitrust, peonage, and land fraud. Ninety-six years later, that small group of 34 investigators has grown into a cadre of over 28,000 employees.

FBI Throughout the Years
Origins  1908 - 1910
Early Days  1910 - 1921
The Lawless Years  1921 - 1933
The New Deal  1933 - Late 1930's
World War II Period  Late 1930's - 1945
Postwar America  1945 - 1960's
The Vietnam War Era  1960's - 1970's
Aftermath of Watergate  1970's
The Rise of International Crime  1980's
The End of the Cold War  1989 - 1993
The Rise of a Wired World  1993 - 2001
Change of Mandate  2001 - Present
 Bytes Out of FBI History

Directors Then and Now
Photographs and biographies of FBI Directors since 1908

History of the FBI
Detailed description from 1908 to the present
FBI Headquarters
The J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building from start to finish

Freedom of Information Act
Thousands of pages of frequently requested historical records

Historic Dates
Timeline of important events in FBI history
Hall of Honor
In honor of FBI Agents killed in the line of duty
Famous Cases
Including gangsters, spies, and Top Tenners
Heraldry of the FBI Seal
The significance of each symbol and color of the FBI seal