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911 - Library of Congress

On September 11, 2001, two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Often referred to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters
World Trade Center, September 23, 2001.
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View of the World Trade Center under construction from Duane Street, Manhattan, 1970.  The homeless man in this image woke up as he was being photographed and asked Vergara to buy him a ham sandwich.

View of the World Trade Center under construction from Duane Street, M...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by photographer. Forms part of the Vergara Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).

Reconstruction at Ground Zero, site of the attack on the World Trade Center Twin Towers, New York, New York

Reconstruction at Ground Zero, site of the attack on the World Trade C...

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

[New York City fire fighters amid debris following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[New York City fire fighters amid debris following September 11th terr...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs...

Safe - Suspect / by Linda Hesh.

Safe - Suspect / by Linda Hesh.

Two adjacent portraits of a man. "Safe" shows him with a goatee and "Suspect" shows him with a full beard and darker skin.

Stop hate / Steinweiss.

Stop hate / Steinweiss.

Images of the American flag and World Trade Center towers in the shape of a heart. Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Title from item. Exhibited: Witnes... more

Contribute a memory / Eric Lifton [i.e., Liftin].

Contribute a memory / Eric Lifton [i.e., Liftin].

Title from item. From the series: Time to consider: The Arts respond to 9-11. Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 2002:062

I Can Be Strong

I Can Be Strong

Drawing submitted by Sequoyah Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Interview with Tyler Hautau, Naples, Italy, November 19, 2001 (part 1 of 2)

Interview with Tyler Hautau, Naples, Italy, November 19, 2001 (part 1 ...

Interviewee occupation: Student. Video Recording, Non-Music. Summary: Tyler Hautau was at football practice when he learned about the attack on the Pentagon. He thought of Pearl Harbor and World War III. He was... more

Dream state, 10:05 a.m., 9/11/01 / D[...].

Dream state, 10:05 a.m., 9/11/01 / D[...].

People watching the World Trade Center burning from a distance, following the September 11th terrorist attack, New York City. Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 ... more

Interview with Howard Marotto, Naples, Italy, November 26, 2001 (part 2 of 2)

Interview with Howard Marotto, Naples, Italy, November 26, 2001 (part ...

Video Recording, Non-Music. Interviewee occupation: Captain, United States Marine Corps. Summary: Howard Marotto was in Jacksonville, Florida when the September 11 attacks occurred. He thought, at first, that t... more

[Street map showing ground zero area of lower Manhattan in New York City, following the September 11th terrorist attack] / René Levy.

[Street map showing ground zero area of lower Manhattan in New York Ci...

Red words on overlays include: Lost, dreams, innocence, visions, souls, creativity, future, hope. Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Title devised by Li... more

After the screaming I ran to the roof with my camera and started shooting. I felt nothing. It was like watching a movie / Marc Yankus.

After the screaming I ran to the roof with my camera and started shoot...

Photograph shows burning World Trade Center buildings with church dome in foreground following September 11th terrorist attack in New York City. Title from item. Forms part of: the Exit Art Gallery Reactions Co... more

Self portrait / K. Murphy.

Self portrait / K. Murphy.

Photograph showing pair of cupped hands. Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Title from item. Exhibited: Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions ... more

[Tree cluttered with debris in front of a building obscured by smoke, following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Tree cluttered with debris in front of a building obscured by smoke, ...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

[World Trade Center towers covered with flowers] / Jen Kim.

[World Trade Center towers covered with flowers] / Jen Kim.

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: the Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Exhibited: Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Cong... more

9:21 a.m. Port Authority of NY and NJ orders all bridges and tunnels in the NYC area closed ...

9:21 a.m. Port Authority of NY and NJ orders all bridges and tunnels i...

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Title from item.

[Three New York City fire fighters spraying water on smoldering ruins following the September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Three New York City fire fighters spraying water on smoldering ruins ...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

[Two fire fighters looking into car while another New York City fire fighter pulls water hose from fire truck amid smoke and debris following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Two fire fighters looking into car while another New York City fire f...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

No No
Interview with Howard Marotto, Naples, Italy, November 26, 2001 (part 1 of 2)

Interview with Howard Marotto, Naples, Italy, November 26, 2001 (part ...

Video Recording, Non-Music. Interviewee occupation: Captain, United States Marine Corps. Summary: Howard Marotto was in Jacksonville, Florida when the September 11 attacks occurred. He thought, at first, that t... more

God bless America and peace / St. Joseph's.

God bless America and peace / St. Joseph's.

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Title from item.

My name is Marc and my friend Joey worked on the 105th floor of No. 1 World Trade Center ... / Marc Whalen.

My name is Marc and my friend Joey worked on the 105th floor of No. 1 ...

Portrait of a boy next to stars and strips of the American flag, with text describing his reaction to the loss of his friend during the September 11th terrorist attack on New York City.

How my life has changed / Hilary North.

How my life has changed / Hilary North.

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Title from item. Exhibited: Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress, 2002.

Infamy II
Prayer for my block--Chambers Street / Carter Hodgkin.

Prayer for my block--Chambers Street / Carter Hodgkin.

A photograph of a New York City street superimposed with Arabic text. Decorative colored papers surround the image. Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. "... more

The World Trade Center attack was awful and my cousin's leg got broken from the people running on him / Erik Colbourne.

The World Trade Center attack was awful and my cousin's leg got broken...

Drawing shows World Trade Center towers, New York City, with text written around them and crying eyes in upper right corner. Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 A... more

[Rescue worker reaching into a New York Police car covered with debris while New York City fire fighters spray water on smoldering ruins in background, following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Rescue worker reaching into a New York Police car covered with debris...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

Interview with Carolyn Mooney, Naples, Italy, November 16, 2001

Interview with Carolyn Mooney, Naples, Italy, November 16, 2001

Interviewee occupation: Student. Video Recording, Non-Music. Summary: Carolyn Mooney was stunned after learning about the attacks. She found it frustrating to be in Italy and not be able to do anything to help.... more

Interview with Mersadis Maffin, Naples, Italy, November 15, 2001

Interview with Mersadis Maffin, Naples, Italy, November 15, 2001

Interviewee occupation: Student. Video Recording, Non-Music. Summary: Mersadis Maffin talks about her feelings for the victims in the World Trade Center, her future, and how the terrorist attacks have strengthe... more

[Snapshot of New York City skyline with World Trade Center towers engulfed in smoke, following the September 11th terrorist attack]

[Snapshot of New York City skyline with World Trade Center towers engu...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Exhibited: Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress... more

[Fire fighter at base of burning building following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Fire fighter at base of burning building following September 11th ter...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

Patricia e Rose Olho por olho, dente por dente, e o mundo acabara cego e banquela.

Patricia e Rose Olho por olho, dente por dente, e o mundo acabara cego...

Title from item. Title translation from Portugese: An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and the world will end up blind and toothless. Photographer is from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery ... more

Remote control, 2000 / Nebojsa Seric Shoba.

Remote control, 2000 / Nebojsa Seric Shoba.

Poster showing a remote control device capable of "life/death" decisions, suggesting that the power to manipulate one person's life is often in another person's hands. Created in response to the September 11th ... more

Dear U.S.A., over the summer a tragic event changed my life ... / Courtney McClean, Lake Rejion [i.e. Region] Middle School, Bridgton, Maine.

Dear U.S.A., over the summer a tragic event changed my life ... / Cour...

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Photocopy of handwritten letter from a middle school student. Title from item.

[Stylized American flag bleeding in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States] / Ziva Kronzon.

[Stylized American flag bleeding in response to the September 11th ter...

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Exhibited: Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress, 2002. Title devised by Library staff.

American Flag 1

American Flag 1

Drawing submitted by Sequoyah Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Interview with Anthony Brudios, Naples, Italy, November 19, 2001

Interview with Anthony Brudios, Naples, Italy, November 19, 2001

Interviewee occupation: Student. Video Recording, Non-Music. Summary: Anthony Brudios was born in Long Beach, California and spent much of his life overseas. Initially, he thought that the September 11 attacks ... more

[Rescue workers amid debris following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Rescue workers amid debris following September 11th terrorist attack ...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

Interview with Allen Hamby, Naples, Italy, November 19, 2001 (part 1 of 2)

Interview with Allen Hamby, Naples, Italy, November 19, 2001 (part 1 o...

Interviewee occupation: Student. Video Recording, Non-Music. Summary: Allen Hamby was at cross-country practice when he learned of the attacks. He didn't believe that they happened until he heard an announcemen... more

God Bless America

God Bless America

Drawing submitted by Sequoyah Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

[Man covered with ashes assisting a woman walking and holding a particle mask to her face, following the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, New York City] / Don Halasy.

[Man covered with ashes assisting a woman walking and holding a partic...

Title devised by Library Staff. Signed in pencil. Inkjet digital print made on Epson Professional Media archival matte paper via scan of an original 35mm film negative. Copyright by Don Halasy, NY Post. Exhibit... more

Breathe

Breathe

Photograph shows man wearing dust mask. Title from item. Exit Art exhibit no. 1862. Exit Art archive no. 508. Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks.

Ahhhh
[Fire fighters carrying water hose through rubble September 11th following terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Fire fighters carrying water hose through rubble September 11th follo...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

[Rescue worker checking inside the back of a van amid debris following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Rescue worker checking inside the back of a van amid debris following...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

Ré-action

Ré-action

Picture shows a large assembly of Muslims seen from behind; the word "Ré-action" is hand-written in red across the image. Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Atta... more

[Two New York City fire fighters spraying water on smoldering ruins following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[Two New York City fire fighters spraying water on smoldering ruins fo...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

[Fire fighting in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, New York City]

[Fire fighting in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attack...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ...

What was your first reaction? Vukovar 91, Mogadishu 93, Sarajevo 92 ... / / Maria Dujmović Kondres.

What was your first reaction? Vukovar 91, Mogadishu 93, Sarajevo 92 .....

Picture shows vignettes of ballet dancers performing, with text superimposed.

[New York City fire fighter pulling water hose from fire truck amid debris and burning buildings following September 11th terrorist attack on World Trade Center, New York City]

[New York City fire fighter pulling water hose from fire truck amid de...

Forms part of: Collection of unattributed photographs ... Title devised by Library staff.

[World Trade Center Twin Towers during the September 11th terrorist attack, New York City] / M. Miller.

[World Trade Center Twin Towers during the September 11th terrorist at...

Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Global Response to the 9/11 Attacks. Edition: 1/3000. Title devised by Library staff. Information on media provided by the artist, 9-11-2002. Exhibited: W... more

9-11-01, New York City / Andrea Arroyo.

9-11-01, New York City / Andrea Arroyo.

Burning World Trade Center towers depicted as two columns of the repeated word "unreal," during the September 11th terrorist attack on New York City. Forms part of: Exit Art Gallery Reactions Collection: A Glob... more

Interview with Yasman Williams, Naples, Italy, November 16, 2001

Interview with Yasman Williams, Naples, Italy, November 16, 2001

Interviewee occupation: Student. Video Recording, Non-Music. Summary: Yasman Williams, who was born in San Diego, California, has lived most of her life abroad. She thought that the September 11 terrorist attac... more

[Three nuns viewing a wall covered with missing notices after the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, New York City]

[Three nuns viewing a wall covered with missing notices after the Sept...

Published in: Lamentation 911 / text by E.L. Doctorow ... photographs by David Finn. Millwood Pub., 2002. Title devised by Library staff. Exhibited: Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Librar... more

Curb your god / Daniel Young.

Curb your god / Daniel Young.

Print based on the "Curb your dog" signs.