The International Association for Identification (IAI) is the world's oldest and largest criminal identification organization. In 2005, the IAI selected the West Virginia University Libraries to house its priceless research library due in part to the institution's program in the field of forensic and investigative sciences education. The collection is rather fascinating, containing over 3,000 digitized images, along with a guide to researching the forensic sciences and materials on the celebrated Francis Galton. Galton dedicated his life to anthropology and genetics, and he was also interested in fingerprints. Staff members have digitized certain volumes related to Galton's life and visitors can access these volumes. Over at the Digital Collection area, visitors can search or browse through the images collected as part of the IAI's work. The documents and images also include internal IAI documents, newsletters, and information about advances in the forensic sciences.
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