The New York City-based Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded $700,000 to George Mason University in Virginia and the City University of New York to fund the September 11 Digital Archive, an electronic repository for e-mails, digital images, online diaries, and other electronic media generated in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
In the hours and days following the attacks, more than 100 million Americans sent or received e-mails expressing support, grief, and shock, while thousands of stories and recollections were documented on Web sites or through other digital media. The September 11 Digital Archive Project, a partnership between the Center for History and New Media at George Mason and the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at CUNY's Graduate Center, was established to preserve the public's response to the attacks with a Web site — http://www.911digitalarchive.org — where people can record their experiences and/or save e-mails generated or received in the days and weeks following September 11. The project has begun working with the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to ensure that the archive is preserved as part of the historical record.
"We are extremely grateful to the Sloan Foundation for their generous support allowing the university to establish the September 11 Digital Archive," said Frances Degen Horowitz, president of CUNY's Graduate Center. "This important project will give people a chance to preserve their recollections and stories of the events surrounding September 11. This archive fulfills our obligation to both history and those who perished in the attacks."