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March 2002

The September 11 Digital Archive
Firsthand accounts of the 9/11 tragedy.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12, Advanced


This project was funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and aims to deliver an archive of permanent first hand accounts of the events of 9/11/2001.
The layout of the site is clean, uncluttered, and attractive. Audio and video can be delivered in several formats and speeds.
The archives are organized into five main categories, listed in the left-side menu on the main page and the subsequent pages. Users can browse the files or use the on-site search tool.
As the events of 9/11/01 unfolded, people around the world communicated their thoughts and feelings over the Internet. This archive seeks to "collect, preserve, and present the history of the September 11, 2001 attack in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania and the public responses to them." Currently featured is a video tribute to the heroes of 9/11 created by Paul Michael Gordon, a 20-year-old from Seattle. Web logs of actual conversations are published as well as photos, audios, videos, discussion groups, and e-mail pertaining to the event. Visitors are encouraged to tell their own stories or accounts of the event and publish it on the site along with their photos. Additionally, there is a growing annotated list of Web resources.

Reviewed by Hazel Jobe
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