Remembering 9/11

Sept. 11 is a National Day of Service and Remembrance, as authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (Public Law 111-13).

I remember the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 very well. I was working at the Reference Desk when my colleague arrived and asked if I knew planes had hit the World Trade Center towers. I had no idea what she was talking about until I checked a news website. I could hardly believe what I was seeing. Today I looked again at 9/11 images preserved in the October and November 2001 issues of The Digital Journalist, and I can still hardly believe it.

The Library of Congress has an extensive September 11, 2001, Web Archive preserving images and statements of individuals, groups, the press and institutions in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Tower Stories cover9/11 Report coverAndersen Library also has material on 9/11, including titles that you can find by searching HALCat (Harold Andersen Library’s Catalog), such as Tower stories: An oral history of 9/11 (3rd-floor Main Collection HV6432.7 .T69 2007) and The 9/11 Commission report: Final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (online or 2nd-floor U.S. Documents Y 3.2:T 27/2/FINAL).

New York Times front page excerpt Sept 12 2001Of course there also are many articles in newspapers, magazines, and journals that can be found by searching the Library’s article databases. Use ProQuest Historical Newspapers™–The New York Times, for example, to see articles at the time of the attacks.

If you would like assistance with finding materials, please ask a librarian.

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About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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One Response to Remembering 9/11

  1. De says:

    I was in the prison (as staff) when the attack occured. An officer came into the library and turned it on so I saw the second crash live on tv. It became a tense environment there with men from different ethnic backgrounds and those that had relatives/friends that worked in the towers.

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