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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As a tenth grader, I was taking the state-mandated, standardized test (ISTEP), along with my fellow sophomores. Being that the tests began at 8:00 a.m. in Indiana (9:00 a.m. in New York, Washington,...

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September 11, 2001 was the second full day of a two week backpacking trip to Scandinavia. It was my third trip to Northern Europe, and my girlfriend at the time, Autumn, her first experience out of t...

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The morning started off normal, phones ringing, printers printing-I remember talking with an employee at our Wytheville distribution center & he asked me if I had heard about the plane that had crashe...

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It flew across the morning sky like a dark angel from hell, then it plunged into the first tower like a voo doo pin casting it's spell; The second one came shortly after flying much lower than...

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My partner and I were having breakfast at a bed and breakfast at the shore when our hostess came in to the room and told us a plane had just hit one of the World Trade Center towers. We, along with ou...

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I remember walking into my office at 8 o'clock that morning and looking up at the sky as the usual low flying planes were going in and out of the big airport near my office. It wasn't much, but it se...

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My grandfather, A.C. Scott, was a WWII Vetran. He was in the US Navy stationed in Alaska on the USS Black Hawk. We were very close, both sharing a passion for history. I grew up in his house and sp...

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My story is this:I am a New Yorker I've lived in Reading, PA for 32 years, BUT I AM A NEW YORKER. I do not live in the five Boroughs on on the Island or Upstate, I may live hundreds or thousands of...

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One Voice, One World Smoke fills the Manhattan sky as people look in disbelief and shock. As we make our way to the stairs the intensity from the heat is unbearable. Screams of help echo th...

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