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The Initial NSA Museum Proposal

The Initial NSA Museum Proposal

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The first two pages are a memo on the presentation of a proposal for a National Security Agency museum. The current museum has its origins in this proposal despite the significant differences between it and the National Cryptologic Museum as it now exists.
The first two pages are a memo on the presentation of a proposal for a National Security Agency museum. The current museum has its origins in this proposal despite the significant differences between it and the National Cryptologic Museum as it now exists.

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UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

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1. The attached proposal sets and establishes the space parameters

forth the justification for an NSA museum. ?. This proposal was present,ed to the Director on I December 1988 and ht that time met with hls approval.
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Muserrm Proposal
Background

NSA possesses in its museum storage account t}e greatest single collection of crlrytologic artifaets in the world. With over ?,000 artifacts, the collection includes items dating taek to fre Rev-olutionary War and a rar6 book collection which contains volumes dating to the r6th Century. Unfortunately, NSA does not have any space dedicated for a Euseum- 'drrational necessity,
has always taL,en precedence over a dedieated museum in previous plans for space eonsiderations.

As long as NSA was comprised of people who had ereated the Agenq/s past, the lack of a museum was not of great import The occasional displays in a room or hallway served as reminders !o most of the workforce of events in which they had participated. But asthe Agency matured and tfiese older people retiredand the worhforce began a more iapid turnover, the lack of a museum beeime more critical. The very firnetion of a rnuseum in this environment has changed. Exhibits should sprve to educate a workforce which has not participated in the history of NSA. The orientation of this younger workforee in the accompliihmenL of NSA and the eryptologic profession will put forth a sense of participation in a dynamic organization whieh does not-have a public history. Therdore, with a workforce which is becoming-increasingly younger and less experienced, it is imperative that NSA place a higher priority on a-dedicated ipace for-its crlrytologic museum.

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Physical parameters An 8,000 sq. ft. museum area consistingof the foilowing:

A. An unclassilied

exhibit area (4,800 sq- ft.). This would house a permanent exhibit on U'S. cryptologT. It would also contain a semi-permanent exhibit on the technical development of machines in the 20th Century and also include a small area in which exhibits would be changed uore frequently.
area (2,400 sq. ft.). This would be an area in which exhibits of a classilied nature would be on display for a given period of time. By defrnition, it would be mueh more relevant to modern developmenk

B. A classified exhibit

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An area designated for research (900 sq.It.) which would contain: 1. The Director's Correspondence Collection 2. The Cryptologic Collection 3. The Rare BookCollection.

This area would provide an opportunity for individuals in operations to conduct research in areas relevant to their particular needs. [n time, these materials might even be made directly available to operations people thmugh computer connectivity-

D. A work/offrce/staging III.

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area (200 sq. ft.). This area would contain the ctratot's oflce, a place to preserve artifacts, and an area in which to stage items prior to exhibi;

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T!: position of NSA Museum Curator already exists; the individual is assigned as such to -_ T54- There would be no need to assign additionat billets, as a potential pool of volinteers could be acquiredfrom the Phoenix Society and through the rehired annoitart progrenIV. Design
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