are proud to sponsor:
Nine Eleven History
page lists information related to institutions' collection of materials
connected to the September 11 attacks and their aftermath.
section lists specific projects underway by museums, archives, libraries
and other collecting institutions that are seeking to preserve materials
from the attacks of September 11 and their aftermath. Institutions
are encouraged to list their plans for acquiring materials here -
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Those who have materials from this list to donate should
inform the particular museum directly.
Society will embark on a multi-year collecting project that
will create the key research collection for students of the World
Trade Center attack and life in New York at the time of this events.
The World Trade Center collecting project encompasses:
* Immediate acquisition for the museum collection of approximately
125 artifacts from the attack, 200 pieces of ephemera, 40 paintings
and 100 prints;
* Long-term planning and implementation of a research collection
for the Society's library, over the upcoming years and decades,
of documents, videos and photographs--as they become available--that
will illuminate for future historians the World Trade Center attack
and life in New York City on September 11, 2001.
Photographic Resource Center at Boston University (PRC) is
calling for work concerning 9/11/01 memorials and use of photographs.
The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University (PRC) seeks
photographically-based works made in response to, but not necessarily
documents of, September 11 memorials (defined in the broadest possible
sense) as well as the role of photography in our conception of the
events for an exhibition six months later (March 11-April 26, 2002).
This human urge to create 9/11/01 memorials,
on an almost installation-like scale, often involves the use of photographs.
While memorials play a huge part in many cultures, this phenomenon
seemed especially fascinating and involved its own unique symbolic
vocabulary. Photographs too play a huge part in our understanding
of the tragic event as well as in our on-going healing. This idea
was inspired by the sudden and rapid proliferation of memorials and
exhibitions. This show itself, as well as the myriad community-based
photo projects and exhibitions, can be seen as a form of shrine making.
Anything addressing these larger issues is welcomed.
Visitors will be able to add their own mementos and comments to one
of the galleries as a part of the exhibition. Especially sought are
works of all genres and types involving photographic arts (prints,
video, photo-sculpture, and installations) and works that showcase
memorials and photographs in addition to those in New York. Although
not necessary, work that is from or of the New England area is encouraged.
Deadline is January 15, 2002, but earlier submission
is greatly appreciated. Please send up to 10 slides, entries on disk
or CD (IBM), video (VHS), statement, resume, and pre-mailer for return
Leslie Brown, Curator
Photographic Resource Center at Boston University
602 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215
New Jersey Historical Society
The New Jersey Historical Society, in conjunction with the New
Jersey Historical Commission, has begun a statewide oral history
project related to the events of September 11. So far, we have collected
interviews with first responders -- including New Jersey's - Task
Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue team, firefighters, police officers
- New York Waterway employees and its president, members of the
US Coast Guard, members of ethnic communities including Sikhs and
Palestinians, former Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco, and numerous
others. Once the interviews are transcribed they will be deposited
at the Historical Society and in Columbia University's Oral History
What You Can Do:
Although it is too early to know whether our lives have changed
- and if they have, to what degree - we are soliciting materials
that will eventually help to answer this complicated question. For
example, we have all heard about increased security measures that
the Port Authority has put in place at Newark Airport and other
venues. Other institutions have taken similar precautions. We are
interested in receiving documentation - it could be in the form
of photographs, fliers or announcements, or any other form that
we have not ourselves imagined - that will help to demonstrate such
change. We are also interested in receiving materials related to
civil liberties, tolerance issues, and education as they are related
to 9-11. In building our collection for this portion of our Changed
Lives project, we are relying on members of our community to
come forth and share with us visually how New Jerseyans' lives have
changed. The strength of our collection will come from a truly interactive
relationship. We look forward to receiving your contributions and
lists notices of material recently acquired by participating institutions.
Plans are under discussion to create a centralized database of materials
for use by future researchers. Institutions
are encouraged to list their recently acquired materials here -
e-mail to email@example.com
are highlights from a list of objects the New-York
Historical Society has
*Dust Mask worn on September 11 by Battery Park City resident
* Hard-hat and respirator worn by construction worker in the first
week after September 11 while assisting with rescue and recovery efforts
* In Memory, a Spiral bound book of more than 200 color photographs
(color scans) taken by amateur photographer who took pictures of spontaneous
memorials, shrines and mourning around the city.
* Maquette and drawings for mural by John Loring that hung in WTC
* "Get Well" cards to victims of the disaster at Mt. Sinai hospital
and messages of hope to the staff sent by school children around the
* Children's artwork (get well cards and messages of hope and thanks)
given to fire stations
* Assortment of buttons, badges and T-shirts with World Trade Center
and flag motifs from fund-raisers and street vendors
*St. Paul's Chapel rescue station memorabilia and artifacts
* Printed matter relating to the fall 2001 elections, including the
rescheduled primary, originally held September 11
*x Printed matter documenting mass transit issues and rerouting
Museum of the City of New York
is pleased to announced that the Bellevue "Wall of Prayer"
has recently entered our custorial care. After necessary conservation
to stabilize the Wall, the Museum of the City of New York hopes to
be able to offer sections of the "Wall of Prayer" to other
museums around the country for exhibition. A virtual article about
the "Wall of Prayer" is available at the Museum
of the City of New York website
ENGINE 6, FIRST TO ANSWER THE CALL AT WORLD TRADE CENTER ON SEPTEMBER
11, TO GO ON EXHIBIT AT NEW
YORK STATE MUSEUM
Fire Engine 6, the first to respond to the World Trade Center attack,
will be preserved at the New York State Museum through the generous
cooperation of Gov. George E. Pataki, the New York City Fire Department,
the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, the New York Division of
Military and Naval Affairs, and the State Department of Corrections.
The announcement was made at the State Museum today.
Engine Company 6 was organized in 1756 and by the l860s was known
as the Engine 6 Tigers. The Company's quarters are near the World
Trade Center site, and because of this Engine 6 had a specially-built
pump powerful enough to push water to the top of the 110-story towers.
Engine 6 was a first responder on September 11 and stationed itself
on West Street at Vesey Street and hooked into the Trade Center
standpipe there. That engine was destroyed in the collapse of the
North Tower, and has been replaced temporarily by an older engine.
The fire engine was removed on February 28, 2002 from the Staten
Island landfill with the efforts of the 369th Regiment NY Army National
Guard, NYC Police Department, NYC Sanitation Department at Fresh
Kills, NYS Department of Corrections staff and a team from the State
Museum. The Fire Engine is at an off- site location where it is
undergoing contaminant testing, cleaning and preparation for eventual
exhibition at the New York State Museum.
The State Museum team worked for several months with New York City
and State agencies to secure the object. The New York State Museum
has included several smaller objects removed from the fire engine
in the World Trade Center Memorial gallery now on view.
The State Museum is working
with a consortium of New York City area museums on the effort to
preserve historic material from the World Trade Center. The museum
consortium includes The Museum of the City of New York, New-York
Historical Society, The New York City Fire Museum, New York State
Museum and the NJ Historical Society. These museums,
working with the NY Port Authority and City officials are acting
to secure and preserve more architectural, rescue, police, fire
fighting and personal material.
New Jersey Historical Society
Understanding the Aftermath of September 11th, is a statewide
project created to record and preserve New Jersey's response to
the events of September 11, 2001. The objects and stories that we
have collected, beginning in September 2001, will help us to build
a framework for understanding its impact on the state. Photographs:
We have collected thousands of photographs taken by professional
and amateur photographers documenting a range of responses to the
tragedy. Our collection includes:
· Photographs taken fire fighters who volunteered their time
· The NJ-Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team, based
at Lakehurst Army Navy Base in Ocean County, NJ, the first search
and rescue team to respond to New York on the day of the attacks,
donated thousands of photographs documenting their work on the site
of the World Trade Center, between September 11 and September 20,
· Copies of "missing" posters
· Letters written by school children to rescue workers and
· A myriad of fliers and programs related to a range of public
events, including religious services and forums.
· Published materials from NJ-based institutions including
UMDNJ and St. Peter's College in Jersey City
· Atlantic Engineering Company in New Jersey, has generously
donated maps of the site as well as WTC building plans that were
used by NJ-TF1 as well as Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA]
teams in search efforts.
and Material Culture:
· A uniform worn by a member of New Jersey's Task Force 1
Urban Search and Rescue team
· A National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA) worn
by a member of the Office of Recovery and Victim Assistance at the
Family Assistance Center at Liberty State Park
· An urn with soil from below ground at the WTC site and
a military-style folded flag - an exact replica of what was given
to each family who lost a loved one in the attack, · A "Ty"
teddy bear that was distributed to families of victims by Salvation
Together, these objects
and many others, will help to provide an historical snapshot of
the events surrounding September 11, one that will be useful to
scholars and researchers in the future.