Located just ten blocks from Ground Zero, Chinatown is the largest residential area affected by 9/11. Much of the impact was strikingly visible. For eight days following the attack, for example, Chinatown south of Canal Street was a “frozen zone” in which all vehicular and non-residential pedestrian traffic was prohibited; and, for nearly two months, Chinatown residents and businesses were effectively isolated by the loss of telephone service. But much of 9/11’s impact on Chinatown was less evident. Ground One: Voices from Post-911 Chinatown preserves interviews with a diverse cross-section of Chinese Americans, including garment and restaurant workers, community activists, non-profit administrators, union organizers, healthcare and law professionals, senior citizens, and youth.
As the Smithsonian Institution's designated repository for digital materials related to 9/11, the September 11 Digital Archive has permanently archived thousands of stories left by visitors to the National Museum of American History's "September 11: Bearing Witness to History" exhibition and website. Read the stories of others or add your voice to the national collection.
Begun as a storefront exhibit in SoHo, Here is New York displayed professional photographs of 9/11 and invited amateurs to submit theirs. The physical gallery no longer exists, but with its inclusion in the September 11 Digital Archive, Here is New York—perhaps the most important collection of images of 9/11—lives on.
Shortly after 9/11, the creators of NPR's "Lost & Found Sound" brought together public radio producers, artists, historians, and the September 11 Digital Archive to collect audio traces of the World Trade Center, its neighborhood, and the events of 9/11 in the Sonic Memorial Project. Listen to the sounds of 9/11 at www.sonicmemorial.org.
As part of a broad collaboration with the Library of Congress to preserve the record of 9/11, the September 11 Digital Archive is working with the Library's "Witness and Response" exhibition team to collect stories, images, and emails from the general public.