September 11 Digital Archive Stories

This collection is the bulk of the archive, representing the experiences of thousands of individuals. The immense collection of stories (as of writing there are over 12,500 entries) were submitted directly to the September 11 Digital Archive by users of the site. The recollections cover a variety of topics too great to assess, and present an excellent resource for future cultural studies of the reaction to the September 11 attacks.

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I was asleep in my bed when my dad came into the room, telling me a plane just crashed into the World Trade Center. Now at the time, I wasn't really thinking anything of it, just that it might have be...

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I was on my apt sleeping when my husband wake me up with the television all loud and screaming his lungs out the towers went down. Next thing that he said is they going to call you for duty.He was ri...

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Dazed was the word of the day,for the week, for the month,for the year. It's difficult for me to understand the extent of the damage to the US from the Sept. 11 attaks. I understand that the enconom...

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Tuesday Mourning Like the Lark from her lily to the waiting willow weeps A nation searches for its fallen, the hope it somehow keeps. Beds wait cold as the caskets collect and the sky once mo...

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I was on my way to work when I heard on the radio that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. By the time I got to work the second plane had hit. Everything felt unreal. How could this happe...

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My son, who is 14 years old, wrote the following poem. It b rought many a tear to those who have read it. Our Heroes. We cannot change what has already happened, We can o...

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I had just gotten out of bed for my 9:45 class at Penn State, setting my alarm at 8:45. I was in the bathroom putting in my contact lenses and started hearing voiced. I'd apparently only hit the Snooz...

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Howard Stern was jabbering away about a plane flying into the World Trade Center, I wasn't sure if it was a repeat of an earlier show. When I got to school, I was headed to Pre-Calculus when some peo...

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As a New Yorker living in lower Manhattan I was engulfed by the events of 9/11. Within hours I began to receieve emails and calls from friends and well-wishers all over the world. The outpouring of lo...

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