Thursday, September 11, 2008

The September 11 Digital Archive

The September 11 Digital Archive uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath. The Archive contains more than 150,000 digital items, a tally that includes more than 40,000 emails and other electronic communications, more than 40,000 first-hand stories, and more than 15,000 digital images. In September 2003, the Library of Congress accepted the Archive into its collections, an event that both ensured the Archive's long-term preservation and marked the library's first major digital acquisition.
Browse: Explore the collection for stories, images, emails, documents, sounds, and videos of September 11
Research: Search, sort, and examine the entire collection
Contribute: Tell your story, add your email, and upload images, documents, and other digital files to the Archive

Find it here.

From all these thousands of miles away from a field in Pennsylvania, from the Pentagon, from the twin towers, I remember that day seven years ago very clearly.  I wonder how many times I've seen that footage, a plane arcing in, an explosion, a building sinking to its knees...I'd guess, maybe hundreds - not that I've searched it out, it's not just omnipresent in popular culture but also hard to look away from.  One's eyes remain disbelieving, one's heart utterly horrified.

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