On the afternoon of September 11,
the Library began collecting U.S. and foreign newspapers that
recorded the immediate horror captured in journalists' words and
through the photographers' lenses. Because official distribution
channels were affected not only on 9/11, but by closure of all
U.S. air traffic for three days, and for the ensuing months due
to the anthrax attack affecting the mail delivery to the entire
Capitol complex, Library staff obtained some of the newspapers
you see here, not from usual channels, but from family, friends,
and colleagues across the country and overseas.
The Library continues to collect
newspapers chronicling the unfolding story of how our nation and
the world responded to this tragedy and the challenges that followed.
These newspapers are part of the Library's Historic Events Newspaper
Collection, which documents seminal events in the United States
since the beginning of the nineteenth century.
Video presentation: Mark Sweeney
talks about the Library's collection of newspapers published on
or immediately after the events of 9/11/2001.
- To view this presentation, you must have the Real Player installed
which may be downloaded, free of charge, from the RealNetwork
- To donate editions of newspapers which the Library currently
lacks, view this
list of desired newspaper editions.