Digital History Project

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Chicago Manual of Style citation: “The September 11 Digital Archive,” accessed [02-09-2024], https://911digitalarchive.org/collection-tree.

This digital project covers the tragedy of 911 and the history that followed it, which occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York City. They cover information about what happened on September 11, 2001, and what came after. The audience for the site would be anyone studying the events of 911. The audience for the site is historians, researchers, educators, students, journalists, and individuals interested in learning about the events of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath. Additionally, it may attract those with a personal connection to the events who wish to contribute their stories or access resources for understanding and commemoration.

They use sources including emails, stories from people who were there, and pictures, totaling over 150,000 items. It has had several project teams over the years, including Megan Brett as the current Project Manager (2020-present) and various other members from 2002 to the present. These teams have included individuals with roles such as Co-Director, Lead Developer, Project Associate, System Administrator, and more.

They were initially funded by a major grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and organized by the American Social History Project at the City University of New York Graduate Center and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University, the Archive is contributing to the on-going additions to the website.

The website’s user-friendly design makes navigation effortless, an aspect that enhances the user experience. Its clean and concise layout allows visitors to easily locate information, which is well-structured and categorized. The simple layout of this website is one of the largest reasons I chose to further explore in comparison to the other digital projects I first explored. According to the National Council of Public History’s Digital Project Review Guidelines, this project falls under the category of a digital exhibit, serving as a virtual storage or museum of diverse pieces of information and perspectives related to the events of 9/11. This website acts as a home to many different pieces of information in relation to the events of 911.

In summary, this digital project serves as a valuable platform for understanding and commemorating the events of 9/11. It offers a wealth of resources for researchers, educators, and individuals seeking to explore this significant chapter in history. With its user-friendly interface and extensive collection of materials, the project continues to play a vital role in preserving the memory and impact of 9/11 for future generations.

Three screenshots of important parts of the website:


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