9/11/01 and School Archives

9-11 Bi-Line Headline

The story above the fold on campus. The Westminster Bi-Line, September 21, 2001.

I know that many schools across the country will be teaching on this topic today. Even the students who are Seniors during this school year do not really remember the time before 9/11/01, and rely on oral histories from their immediate families as well as primary source materials available in their community. Some of the resources in your archives might include:

  • student newspapers
  • yearbooks (if it was mentioned in the 2001-2002 yearbook)
  • oral history projects on campus
  • student or teacher-produced videos
  • samples of teaching modules created by a department on campus

I would love to hear about school archives working directly with students today or this week on this topic. Please comment below on what you are doing.

Online Resources

Should teachers come to you for suggestions of where to go for primary source materials, here are some online resources which should help in their classroom. If you have another one you would like to share, please include on the comments below.

  • 9-11 Memorial Teach & Learn: The 9-11 Memorial Museum has made available lesson plans, primary sources, timelines, images and videos, and school programs on its website.
  • 9/11 Memorial and StoryCorps: Since 2005, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and StoryCorps have partnered to record at least one story to honor each of the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993.
  • 9-11 Commission RecordsThe National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, known as the 9/11 Commission, was an independent, bipartisan commission created by Congress. The Commission’s mandate was to provide a “full and complete accounting” of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and to provide recommendations as to how to prevent such attacks in the future. The Commission, extant from 2003 – 2004, held hearings, conducted interviews, and produced a report.
  • In Remembrance: Teaching September 11: Includes lesson plans, global context, and a way to contribute your memories of 9/11. This was created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University with funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Understanding 9-11: A Television News Archives: The 9/11 Television News Archive is a library of news coverage of the events of 9/11/2001 and their aftermath as presented by U.S. and international broadcasters. A resource for scholars, journalists, and the public, it presents one week of news broadcasts for study, research and analysis. Explore 3,000 hours of international TV News from 20 channels over 7 days, and select analysis by scholars.
  • Understanding September 11: More than 30 lesson plans, activities, news stories, videos and book lists to help students comprehend the 9/11 attacks and their lasting impact on the United States and the world.
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