1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 1, 2021 8:22 AM by Rachael Salyer

    Looking for collections of 9/11 artifacts

    history fan Adventurer

      I'm searching for any collections from the events of September 11. This could include both artifacts and recovered debris, as well as any tributes people might have left at the sites.


      I recall seeing some at the Newseum while it was still open, but am also interested in any other collections.  ( And where would the items from the Newseum have gone now that it's closed?)


      Thanks for your help!

        • Re: Looking for collections of 9/11 artifacts
          Rachael Salyer Pioneer

          Dear History Fan,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Commemorative Materials, 2002-2006 in the Records of the American National Red Cross (Collection ANRC) that consists of cards, letters, posters, booklets, postcards, photographs, artwork and artifacts received by the American Red Cross (ARC) September 11 Recovery Program from citizens affected by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The series General Records, ca. 2002-2006 in the ANRC Collection contains a variety of documentary materials related to the September 11 Recovery Program as well. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov for access to and information about these and similar records.


          Next, we located 8 series of posters and photographs that include images related to the September 11 attacks and recovery that might be of interest to you. Some of these records have been digitized and available for viewing online in the Catalog. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at stillpix@nara.gov for assistance with these records.


          Plus, we located 2 series of moving images that include video recordings related to the September 11 terrorist attacks that may be relevant for your research. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM) at mopix@nara.gov for more information about these records.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2, RDSS, and RDSM. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          According to several news sources available online, the Newseum Collection has gone into storage, including a fragment from the World Trade Center antenna.


          Finally, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum provides information online about their collection of more than 70,000 artifacts that document the fate of victims, survivors, and responders. In addition, the Smithsonian has a large collection of World Trade Center Office Artifacts as part of their September 11: Bearing Witness to History website, and the Naval History and Heritage Command also has some information about The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks available online. The 9/11 Tribute Museum has some artifacts and oral histories as well. 


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

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