Join the Great Hoover Hunt

Join the Great Hoover Hunt

Help us track down handwritten notes from J. Edgar Hoover’s 48 year reign as FBI Director

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Edited by Beryl Lipton

As Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly half a century, notes in J. Edgar Hoover’s tight script are a familiar sight to anyone digging through the FBI’s files, offering an surprisingly candid insight into the man and his quite often strong opinions on a world he had no small role in shaping.

Using the Assignment crowdsourcing tool, MuckRock is kicking off a project to catalog all of these handwritten notes left by Hoover himself in the Bureau’s files, starting with Hoover’s personal file and the files of his two highest lieutenants, Clyde Tolson and Cartha “Deke” DeLoach.

Click on the link below to start looking through the files. We’ll be highlighting your submissions in the weeks to come and offering prizes to those that end up generating new articles. Happy hunting!

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