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Below we have provided some ideas to help when searching for 9/11 resources available on the Library of Congress website. 

Today in History l Homepage l Exhibit l American Memory l Teachers Page

TODAY IN HISTORY --> archives

Today in History September 11From the Library of Congress homepage at, scroll to the bottom of the page and select Today in History then archives and enter September 11. An image of the Skyline of Manhattan with Smoke Billowing from the Twin Towers appears on my computer.  Even though I was miles away in rural, central Illinois when the 9/11 attacks occurred, I still have a physical reaction to the photo.  This page offers an introduction and  information to introduce the Library's collections and how those collections came to be. 


HOMEPAGE SEARCH  --> search box (upper right corner)

SearchTyping September 11 in the homepage search box resulted in 11777 matches.  Scan thumbnails of illustrations by children, documents, maps, photographs and more.  Remember that you can refine your search with options in the left column.  The materials include artifacts created as the events of 911 unfolded, collected at that time or discovered later.  Other items were created during the following days and weeks, and later in response to the attacks in an effort to heal.



Witness and ResponseFor those who don't have time or are intimidated by the large number of  digitized primary sources, the Library of Congress developed sites and collections to help.  One exhibit is Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress which compiles materials from multiple areas of the Library. For example:

American Folklife Center shares examples of drawings by children and “man on the street” audio interviews, similar to interviews collected following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.

The Geography and Map Division holds multiple aerial views and maps of the World Trade Center, as well as thermal imagery showing underground fires that burned for weeks.  A link is provided to video of flythrough visualizations of lower Manhattan before and after 9/11.

Prints and Photographs includes the Documentary Photograph Gallery.  The Max Protetch Gallery shares submitted proposals for the redevelopment of the twin towers site.  The division has a collection of political cartoons that can be used in a classroom as well as comic book art and posters.  A collection titled Exit Art was created from an invitation to the public to submit 8.5 x 11 pieces that reflects the diversity and complexity of public reaction.

And the Serial and Government Publications Division collected newspapers that chronicled the events of 9/11, the stopping of air travel, the anthrax scare and far reaching impact.



Documentary ProjectHere you will find digital versions of eyewitness accounts, reactions and perspectives through audio, video, written narratives, photographs and drawings.  Learn more about the collection, such as the day after the attacks, the American Folklife Center called upon the nation’s folklorists to collect, record, and document America’s reaction. A sampling of the material collected captures the voices of a diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, and political cross-section of America.  The American Folklife Center mounted a similar effort in 1941 following the attack on Pearl Harbor. This effort is featured in the American Memory presentation: After the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor.


911 Collection ConnectionTo provide inspiration and guidance in incorporating the 9/11 primary sources into curriculum, the Library’s Education Outreach team created a Collection Connection for September 11, 2001, Documentary Project. 

Materials are presented in the areas of History, Critical Thinking and Arts and Humanities.  These ideas are not presented as complete lesson plans, but jumping off points that can be adapted by a teacher to match the ability levels and needs of individual students.  Activities such as “Eyewitness Accounts of the Attacks” and “The Attacks as Experienced via the Media” encourage understanding of diverse perspectives with the latter adding elements of geographical location and media influence.  Analysis of the poetry and art created following 9/11 force students to look beyond the art and attempt to understand the motivation and goals of the artist.

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