Sept. 11 Digital Archive Launches Today

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

By Michelle Nery

The Sept. 11 Digital Archive, created by the Center for History and New Media (CHNM), launches today on the six-month anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Users can access the web site at or

The archive includes 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 CHNM director Roy Rosenzweig.

“We are particularly interested in collecting first-hand accounts of experiences on Sept. 11, e-mails about those events, and digital photos,” says 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 received a $350,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the project, and will collaborate with the American Social History Project at the City University of New York Graduate Center, which has received an additional $350,000 grant.

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