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The Library of Congress's American Folklife Center announces a new
presentation: The September 11, 2001, Documentary Project, available
on the Library's American Memory Web site at:

This presentation captures the heartfelt reactions, eyewitness
accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months
that followed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the
Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Patriotism and unity mixed
with sadness, anger and insecurity are common themes expressed in
the sound and video recordings, written narratives, poetry,
photographs and drawings that comprise this online presentation.

The day after the attacks, the American Folklife Center called upon
the nation's folklorists and ethnographers to collect, record and
document America's reaction. This project is modeled on a similar
initiative, conducted sixty years earlier, when folklorist Alan
Lomax was serving as "assistant in charge" of the Archive of American
Folk Song. On December 8, 1941, Lomax sent a telegram urging
folklorists around the United States to collect and record
man-on-the-street reactions to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the
subsequent declaration of war by the United States. These field
recordings were sent to the Library of Congress where they were used
in a series of radio programs that were distributed to schools and
radio stations around the country. This unique documentary collection
is still housed at the American Folklife Center and is featured in the
American Memory collection: After the Day of Infamy:
"Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor:

The online presentation includes almost 170 audio and video
interviews, 41 graphic materials (photographs and drawings),
and 21 written narratives and poems. The complete collection,
available at the American Folklife Center Reading Room, comprises
about 800 audio and video interviews, 421 graphic materials, as
well as news clippings, written narratives, and artifacts. The
voices of men and women from many cultural, occupational, and
ethnic backgrounds are represented. Some of the interviews are
from people who were in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
during the attacks. The majority of the interviews, however, are
from other parts of the country-from those who first heard the news
on television or radio, and from teachers, friends, family, and
other members of their communities. In all, materials were received
from 27 states and a U.S. military base in Naples, Italy.

The American Folklife Center was created by Congress in 1976 and
placed at the Library of Congress to "preserve and present American
folklife" through programs of research, documentation, archival
presentation, reference service, live performance, exhibition, public
programs, and training.  The Center includes the Archive of Folk
Culture, which was established in 1928 and is now one of the largest
collections of ethnographic material from the United States and
around the world.

Please direct any questions you may have using the American Folklife
Center Web form available at: