Contributer Info


The September 11 Digital Archive website is no longer regularly updated, however we are still accepting contributions of stories, images, and e-mail through the website.

I wasn't at Ground Zero, the Pentagon or in Pennsylvania. Should I still submit my story, e-mail or image?

I'm not from the U.S. Should I still submit my story, e-mail or image?

I would like to submit multiple stories, e-mails or images to the Archive. Do I have to upload them one by one?

Can I submit digital materials that do not fit into the categories of stories, images and e-mails?

Can I submit stories, e-mails and images from after September 11?

I recently contributed a story, e-mail or image to the Archive. Why doesn't it appear on the web site? Why aren't all the stories, e-mailsand images in the Archive available to the public?

Do I have to make my contribution available to the public?

Are there any guidelines for uploading images?

How do I suggest an addition to the Guide to Websites?

How do I get permission to use materials from the Archive?

How do I know that the content of the September 11 Digital Archive is factual?

What is the Archive's relationship to the institutions listed on your home page?

How can I help the Archive?


I wasn't at Ground Zero, the Pentagon or in Pennsylvania. Should I still submit my story, e-mail or image?
Please! We want to hear from you. Your experiences need not have been at or near the directly affected locations, not do they need to be particularly heroic or harrowing tales. They can be short or much longer personal reminiscences about how you or the people you knew were affected by 9/11.

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I'm not from the U.S. Should I still submit my story, e-mail or image?
Yes! September 11 was an event that evoked many kinds of responses in many parts of the world. The Internet is similarly a global phenomenon. As such, we are eager to receive contributions of all kinds from all parts of the world.

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I would like to submit multiple stories, e-mails or images to the Archive. Do I have to upload them one by one?
If you are only submitting a few items, we ask that you upload them one by one through our online interface. If, however, you would like to submit more than 20 objects, you may contact us at info@911digitalarchive.org to make special arrangements for your contribution.

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Can I submit digital materials that do not fit into the categories of stories, images and e-mails?
No. At this time we are only accepting stories, images, and e-mail through our online interface. We will consider significantly large and important collections on a case by case basis. Please contact us at info@911digitalarchive.org if you would like to contribute such a collection to the Archive.

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Can I submit stories, e-mailsand images from after September 11?
Yes. Much of our collection documents the days, weeks and months following September 11.

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I recently submitted a story, e-mail or image to the Archive. Why doesn't it appear on the web site? Why aren't all the stories, e-mails and images in the Archive available to the public?
Please note that although we continue to collect new contributions submitted online, we cannot guarantee that those contributions will be posted immediately to the public website. For an object to be available on the website, contributors must agree to have the object made public and consent to a release. If the contributor has asked for the object to be held privately or has not consented to the release, the object will not be available on the web site. Moreover, somtimes Archive staff will determine that a contributor lacks sufficient ownership rights to grant the Archive permission to include an object on the web site.

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Do I have to make my contribution available to the public?
No. When you submit a story, e-mail or image to the Archive, we will ask you whether or not you want your submission made public. If you choose to keep it private, it will be held in the Archive, but not made available on the web site. If at any time you change your mind and want a public submission made private, or vice-versa, please contact us at info@911digitalarchive.org.

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Are there any special guidelines for uploading images?
Images larger than 1MB may not be uploaded through the web site interface. However, if you would like to contribute files larger than 1MB, you may e-mail us at info@911digitalarchive.org to make special arrangements.

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How do I suggest an addition to the Guide to Websites?
Please note that we are no longer adding to, or updating the Guide to Websites.

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How do I get permission to use materials from the Archive?
Please e-mail us at info@911digitalarchive.org if you would like to use an object from the Archive. Objects from the Archive may not be used for any public purpose without the permission of the September 11 Digital Archive and the original contributor.

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How do I know that the content of the September 11 Digital Archive is factual?
Every submission to the September 11 Digital Archive -- even those that are erroneous, misleading, or dubious -- contributes in some way to the historical record. A misleading individual account, for example, could reveal certain personal and emotional aspects of the event that would otherwise be lost in a strict authentication and appraisal process. That said, most people who take the time to submit something to the September 11 Digital Archive share the goal of its organizers -- that is, to create a reliable and permanent record of responses to the 9/11 attacks -- and therefore most contributions are authentic. Nevertheless, as with any historical sources (including, for example, newspaper accounts), there are always questions about reliability, and all researchers need to evaluate their sources critically. It is for this reason that the Archive harvests metadata from every contributor -- including name, email address, location, zip code, gender, age, occupation, date received -- and suggests that these metadata be examined in relation to one another, in relation to the content of the submission, and in relation to other authenticated records. Sound research technique is the basis of sound scholarship. Researchers with particular concerns should contact info@911digitalarchive.org for more information.

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What is the Archive's relationship to the institutions listed on your home page?
Since September 11, 2001, many organizations have been working to preserve the record of the attacks. The September 11 Digital Archive has formed partnerships and working relationships with many of these organizations in order to better coordinate our preservation efforts. Among the institutions with which we have worked are the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, Behring Center, the Museum of the City of New York, the New-York Historical Society, City Lore and other local and national institutions.

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How can I help the Archive?
First and foremost, by submitting your stories, images, and e-mails through the website and telling your friends about the Archive. If you think you might be able to help in other ways, please feel free to contact us at info@911digitalarchive.org.

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