George Mason, CUNY to Donate Sept. 11 Digital Archive to Library of Congress

Posted: August 22, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Library of Congress will mark its first major digital acquisition of Sept. 11, 2001, materials with the addition of the Sept. 11 Digital Archives, a collaboration between George Mason’s Center for History and New Media and the City University of New York Graduate Center’s American Social History Project.

The material, which contains more than 130,000 written accounts, e-mails, audio recordings, video clips, photographs, and web sites that document the attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and western Pennsylvania and their aftermath, will be formally accepted by the Library of Congress on Sept. 10.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the Library of Congress has been amassing material through its public service divisions and overseas offices. “This digital archive, with its vast content of firsthand accounts, will add to the broad range and diversity of materials already acquired by the Library of Congress,” says Diane Kresh, director of the library’s Public Service Collections.

The digital materials offer a wide spectrum of opinions and perspectives, ranging from recordings of Manhattan residents’ voicemails on the morning of Sept. 11 to drawings by children from Los Angeles depicting the attacks. The archive is the largest digital collection of Sept. 11-related materials, serving as the Smithsonian Institution’s designated repository for digital objects related to the attacks.

To commemorate the acquisition of the Digital Archive, the Library of Congress will host a daylong symposium on Sept. 10 called “September 11 as History: Collecting Today for Tomorrow.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature commentary by leading U.S. historians, librarians, and archivists, including Roy Rosenzweig of George Mason’s History and Art History Department, Ronald Walters of the University of Maryland, and Michael Kazin of Georgetown University.

For more details on the symposium, contact George Mason’s Center for History and New Media at (703) 993-4585. To register to attend, visit the symposium’s web site.

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