George Mason Receives Grant for Sept. 11 Archive

Posted: January 11, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) received a $350,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation last month to create, present, and preserve a Sept. 11 Digital Archive.

“We are particularly interested in collecting first-hand accounts of experiences on Sept. 11, e-mails about those events, and digital photos,” says CHNM director Roy Rosenzweig. “The Digital Archive invites members of the George Mason community and their family and friends to contribute to the site at 911.gmu.edu or www.911digitalarchive.org.”

The Sept. 11 Digital Archive web site will be publicly launched on the six-month anniversary of the attacks, March 11, 2002. The archive will include web-based resources and development materials to contextualize and teach about the events, as well as free software tools to help historians collect, preserve, and write about history in the new century, say project directors Dan Cohen, Jim Sparrow, and Rosenzweig.

The archive will also use the Sept. 11 events as a way of assessing how history is being recorded and preserved in the 21st century. “Our goal is to create a permanent record of the events of Sept. 11, 2001,” Rosenzweig observes. “In the process, we hope to foster some positive legacies of those terrible events by allowing people to tell their stories, making those stories available to a wide audience, providing historical context for understanding those events and their consequences, and helping historians and archivists improve their practices based on the lessons we learn from this project.”

The CHNM will head up the project in collaboration with the American Social History Project at the City University of New York Graduate Center, which has received an additional $350,000 grant.

Write to at