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Donating Materials to a Historical Repository

The terrorist attacks of 9/11 were a terrible and lasting personal tragedy for thousands of Americans, their families, and their communities.  They also plunged cities, the nation, and the world into a crisis that continues to shape our history.

Some of the items you have saved from 9/11 may be especially meaningful to you and your family and friends, and you will want to keep them.

But some items, or a collection of items, may also be of great interest to others, because they help tell part of the larger story of 9/11—what happened on that day, how individuals and organizations responded in the days, months, and years following, how the disaster has changed families and communities.

If you have particular items, or whole collections, that might contribute to the historical record of 9/11 and be meaningful to others in your community and beyond, you may want to consider donating them to a historical records repository, such as a historical society, archives, museum, or library.

View a short video on working with a historical repository to care for your materials. Learn what a repository does when it accepts a donation and what your role and rights are as a donor.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for additional guidance on donating materials to a historical repository.

More Information

"A Guide to Deeds of Gift" is a small brochure from the Society of American Archivists that explains this important document, which is required when donating any kind of item to a repository.

The Library of Congress' Digital Collection, "September 11 Digital Archive: Saving the Histories of September 11, 2001" 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 150,000 digital images.