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What to save

"9/11: Commemorative Art, Ritual, and Story" by Steven Zeitlin and Ilana Harlow from Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore, Fall-Winter 2001 provides a moving and unusual perspective on the community dimensions of grieving that might be helpful to people thinking about what to save. 

“Hallowed Ground” with photographs by Martha Cooper from Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore, Fall-Winter 2001.

My History Is America’s History: 15 Things You Can Do to Save America’s Stories, a 104-page publication of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

How to save it

American Institute for Conservation
The best source to help you find a conservator in your area is the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. The AIC is the national membership organization for the conservation profession in the United States.  It plays a leadership role in setting professional standards, promoting research in the field, and providing reliable resources for the public.

AIC’s website will help you learn what questions to ask potential conservators and what to expect when working with them. In the section titled “Finding a Conservator,” you can use their simple questionnaire to help you locate conservators in your geographical area who specialize in particular materials, such as documents, furniture, costumes, or paintings. 

Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
The Conservation Center specializes in the treatment of art and historic artifacts on paper. Established in 1977, CCAHA is one of the largest non-profit regional conservation labs in the country.

Image Permanence Institute
The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) is a recognized world leader in the development and deployment of sustainable practices for the preservation of images through research, education, products, and services.  

Library of Congress
This website provides simple instructions, as well as links to more comprehensive information for “Preparing, Protecting, Preserving” many types of family treasures. 

Northeast Document Conservation Center
The NEDCC is a nonprofit, regional conservation center specializing in the preservation of paper-based materials. NEDCC serves libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other collections-holding institutions, as well as private collections. 

Society of American Archivists
The Society of American Archivists is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA's mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 5,000 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value. 

9/11 Related Collections and Repositories

National September 11 Memorial and Museum
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a private not-for-profit, responsible for oversight of the design, raising the necessary funds, programming and operating the Memorial & Museum being built at the World Trade Center site.

The September 11, 2001, Documentary Project
The day after the attacks, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress called upon the nation’s folklorists and ethnographers to collect, record, and document America’s reaction. A sampling of the material collected through this effort can be found on this website. The heartfelt reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months that followed the terrorist attacks are captured in this online presentation of almost 200 audio and video interviews, 45 graphic items, and 21 written narratives.

September 11 Digital Archive: Saving the Histories of September 11, 2001
The September 11 Digital Archive uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath. The Archive contains more than 150,000 digital items(including more than 40,000 emails and other electronic communications), more than 40,000 first-hand stories, and more than 15,000 digital images. In September 2003, the Library of Congress accepted the Archive into its collections, an event that both ensured the Archive's long-term preservation.

Tribute WTC Visitor Center
Tribute WTC Visitor Center offers visitors to the World Trade Center site a place where they can connect with people from the September 11th community. Through walking tours, exhibits and programs, the Tribute WTC Visitor Center offers "Person to Person History," linking visitors who want to understand and appreciate these historic events with those who experienced them.

Voices of September 11th
VOICES of September 11th (VOICES) advocates and provides services for those affected by the events of September 11, 2001. It promotes public policy reform on prevention, preparedness and response to terrorism. Through its work, VOICES strives to build bridges between international communities changed forever by terrorism. VOICES provides information, outreach and programs to more than 7,000 members. In 2006, VOICES launched the 9/11 Living Memorial digital archive, to commemorate the lives and stories of September 11, 2001 and the February 26, 1993 World Trade Center bombing.