Remembering 9/11

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States. On September 11, 2001, four coordinated terrorist attacks were committed against the United States when two hijacked planes were flown into the North and South Towers at the World Trade Center, a third hit the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., while the fourth crashed in a field in Shanksville, PA.

The National Archives and Records Administration holds many documents related to the 9/11 events. The Still Picture Branch houses a wide variety of photographs related to September 11th, including recovery efforts, memorials, and anniversary events. The photographs included in this post illustrate how we remember the events of September 11th, and continue to provide access to our Nation’s records.

Original Caption: New York, N.Y., Sep. 14, 2001 — The damaged Sphere at the site of the World Trade Center, Local Identifier: 311-MAD-70121.jpg, NAID: 24476723.
Original Caption: New York, N.Y., Sep. 14, 2001 — A New York City Transit official surveys damage to city vehicles following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Local Identifier: 311-MAD-70243.jpg, NAID: 24476903.
Original Caption: Firemen and rescue workers conduct search and rescue attempts, descending deep into the rubble and debris of the World Trade Centers in New York City in the area known as Ground Zero, after the 9/11 terrorists attacks, Local Identifier: 330-CFD-DN-SD-04-12749.jpeg, NAID: 6640971.
Original Caption: Joseph Curry, Deputy CHIEF, New York Fire Department, barks orders to rescue teams as firefighters and rescue teams search for survivors through the rubble and debris of the World Trade Centers in New York City in the area known as Ground Zero, after the 9/11 terrorists attacks, Local Identifier: 330-CFD-DN-SD-04-12752.jpeg, NAID: 6640974.
Original Caption: New York, N.Y., Sep. 14, 2001 — New York City firefighters and emergency personnel conduct response operations at Ground Zero following the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Local Identifier: 311-MAD-70242.jpg, NAID: 24476901.
Original Caption: Ground Zero, NY, September 11, 2007 — A NY firefighter remembers his friends courage during 9-11 Memorial Service at Ground Zero., Local Identifier: 311-MAD-32625.jpg, NAID: 5697729.
Original Caption: A helicopter flies over the area as smoke pours from the southwest corner of the Pentagon Building located in Washington, District of Columbia (DC), minutes after a hijacked airliner crashed into the southwest corner of the building, during the 9/11 terrorists attacks, Local Identifier: 330-CFD-DN-SD-04-12747.jpeg, NAID: 6640969.
Original Caption: Civilian and Military personnel are evacuated down Interstate highway I-395, following the 9/11 terrorists attack on the Pentagon Building located in Washington, District of Columbia (DC), Local Identifier: 330-CFD-DN-SD-04-12746.jpeg, NAID: 6640968.
Original Caption: Spectators wave small American Flag to show their support while attending the 9/11 Memorial Service held at the Pentagon, in Washington, District of Columbia (DC), Local Identifier: 330-CFD-DF-SD-04-14184.jpeg, NAID: 6632612.
Original Caption: The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, places a wreath of flowers at the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Penn., March 27, 2006. A memorial is being built to commemorate the victims that lost their lives on the hijacked airplane., Local Identifier: 330-CFD-DN-SD-07-18352.jpeg, NAID: 6702143.
Original Caption: Display at the Flight 93 temporary memorial, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, honoring the passengers and crew of the plane hijacked on September 11, 2001. Secretary Gale Norton visited the site to swear in the members of the Flight 93 National Memorial Federal Advisory Commission, Local Identifier: 48-DP-SIO PA 91103 2 DSC_2835, NAID: 5616497.
Original Caption: Annual 9/11 observance at the Flight 93 National Memorial, Shanksville, Pennsylvania: [Secretary Ken Salazar joining Vice President Joe Biden among the participants] – 9/11/2012, Local Identifier: 48-DPA-1073_IOD_5845, NAID: 55140898.

Additional photographs in the series 311-MAD: Photographs Relating to Disasters and Emergency Management Programs, Activities, and Officials are found on NARA’s Access to Archival Databases (AAD).

For more photographs related to September 11th, please see the George W. Bush Presidential Library’s photographic holdings.

The photographs included in this post have no known copyright restrictions. If you have any questions about the images in this post or the holdings of the Still Picture Branch, please contact us at stillpix@nara.gov.

PUBLICATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS FURNISHED BY THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES STILL PICTURE BRANCH-RRSS

Generally, copies of photographic records held by the National Archives may be published without special permission or additional fees. The National Archives does not grant exclusive or non-exclusive publication privileges. Copies of Federal records, as part of the public domain, are equally available to all. A small percentage of photographs in our holdings are or may be subject to copyright restrictions. The National Archives does not confirm the copyright status of photographs but will provide any information known about said status. It is the user’s responsibility to obtain all necessary clearances. Any use of these items is made at the researcher’s or purchaser’s own risk.

Proper credit lines are encouraged in the interest of good documentation. They also help inform the public about government photographic resources that are available.

*Because so many of our requests for information cite credits and captions that appear in published works, the inclusion of a photo number in hard copy and electronic publications is of great assistance to both us and the public.

Examples of preferred credit lines are as follows:

  • National Archives photo no. 210-G-C241
  • Credit National Archives (photo no. 83-G-41368)
  • Courtesy National Archives, photo no. 83-G-41430
  • National Archives (210-G-A14)

If using a large number of our images, the National Archives will appreciate receiving copies of publications that contain our photographs. Such copies can be sent to the Still Picture Branch or the Library, National Archives and Records Administration.

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