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J. Edgar Hoover trove for new museum

More than 2,000 items from longtime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover have been donated to the planned National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington.

The gift announced Wednesday by the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation makes the museum one of the largest repositories of documents, recordings and other items from Hoover's life and work. He led the FBI for nearly five decades, from 1924 to 1972.

The donation includes the papers of longtime FBI spy Morris Childs who infiltrated the U.S. Communist Party from the end of World War II to 1980.

Officials also announced the museum's research center will be named for Hoover when it opens in 2013, in honor of financial support from the Hoover Foundation and other groups.

Groundbreaking for the museum is slated for October.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 7, 2010; 5:19 PM ET
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