A home-made flag on the wall of Arlington National Cemetery
facing the Pentagon, placed in response to the September
11th attack. Photo by James Hardin, September 19, 2001.
September 11, 2001, Documentary Project
On September 12, 2001, the American Folklife Center at the Library
of Congress called upon folklorists and other ethnographers across
the nation to document on audio-tape the thoughts and feelings
expressed by average citizens following the tragic events of September
11. In addition, the Center collected photographic documentation
of the memorial tributes created near the Pentagon and at the site
of the World Trade Center, as well as in other parts of the country.
These recordings and other documentary materials are now part of
the Center's Archive of Folk Culture, where they are being preserved
and will soon be made available to researchers visiting the Folklife
The project was intended to document immediate reactions to September
11, and we are no longer soliciting donations.
Our sincerest appreciation goes out to all who contributed to
this collection. So far we have received approximately three hundred
hours of recordings from nineteen states (see the map available
from the menu), and a U.S. military base in Naples, Italy. The
collection reflects the regional, ethnic, socioeconomic, and political
diversity of the United States in the fall of 2001, and will provide
a historical and cultural resource for future generations.
Note to contributors:
Mail delivery to the Library of Congress was interrupted following
the discovery of anthrax at a Capitol Hill office, and we are just
now receiving many materials that were sent to us last fall. If
you sent materials for this collection and have not received a
confirmation letter from us, we have not yet received your package.
If by the end of this summer you still have not received a letter
please contact Ann Hoog at (202) 707-4428,