Library of Congress Stories

A collection of, as of this writing, more than 200 user-submitted stories gathered by the Library of Congress in conjunction with the September 11 Digital Archive.

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I was at work on the 24th floor of a federal building in the heart of chicago, just 4 blocks away from the Sears Tower. Someone had a portable tv, so we witnessed it all unfold. Then there was a con...

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I'm from Alexandria, Virginia but I was in my hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania for my cousin's funeral. I got bits and pieces about what had happened before the funeral service, but it wasn't unti...

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During the fall of 2001, I was a junior in college, participating in a foreign exchange program in Oxford, England. I and about seventy other American college students were busily studying and reading...

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I was in my home in Queens when my mother called me to tell me to put the television on right away.\nMy strongest memory is when I was looking at the television in total shock when at 9:04 am my ex-hu...

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My husband and I were both ill that day and had gone back to bed after the children left for school.When I got up I checked my voice mail and my friend had called to see if I was watching tv.I thought...

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My wife and I both work at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers on 7th Ave and 53rd St in midtown Manhattan. She works an early shift; I work later. On Sept. 11 I was at home, our son, Josh, 9 yrs o...

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I was at home watching the Today Show getting ready for work. At the news of the first plane (at that time unclear as to what type of plane) I called my Fiance at work and then my parents back home i...

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I was working for The Bank of New York at 101 Barclay Street, which is across the street from 7 World Trade Center. I arrived by subway into Park Place station which is the stop before the Trade Cente...

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I was at work as a librarian in the Cataloging Department at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. A colleague who listened to the radio on a walkman gave us the news of the first plane's hi...

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