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September 11 Exhibit Comment Cards

Creator:
Education and Public Programs, Department of (NMAH, SI)  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
18 Cubic feet (54 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Questionnaires
Date:
2002-09-08-2006-01-01, undated
Summary:
Visitors' comments collected on pre-printed cards documenting memories of the events of September 11, 2001, and their opinions on how their lives may have changed as a result of those events. Cards collected at each venue during the touring exhibit, "September 11: Bearing Witness to History".
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains comment cards from the exhibit, "September 11: Bearing Witness to History" that originated at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., and traveled to seven additional locations across the United States. The cards asked visitors of the exhibit one of two possible questions:

How did you witness history on September 11, 2001?

How has your life changed because of September 11, 2001?

The collection is divided into six series by location of exhibition and one additional series of additional information. Some of the comment cards were digitized previously and are available at 911digitialarchive.org.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into six series by location of exhibition and one series of additional materials.

Series 1, National Museum of American History (Washington DC) 2002-2003

Series 2, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (Fort Worth, Texas) 2003-2004

Series 3, East Tennessee Historical Society (Knoxville, Tennessee) 2004

Series 4, Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, California) 2004 July 7-2004 August 15

Series 5, Union Station (Kansas City, Missouri) undated

Series 6, National Heritage Museum (Lexington, Massachusetts) undated

Series 7, Additional Materials, undated
Biographical / Historical:
In the early spring of 2002, the National Museum of American History began production of an exhibition, "September 11: Bearing Witness to History", commemorating the one-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The exhibit was co-curated by curator emeritus David Allison and archivist Susan Strange. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, delaying the exhibit's production in 2001, museum staff and partners had a 6 to 7-month period to plan and produce the exhibit. The process included not only design and research, but also reaching out to survivors and victim's families to collect personal effects and testimonies. While it proved to be a tremendous and emotionally difficult undertaking, the exhibit was ultimately completed on time.

"September 11: Bearing Witness to History" attracted over a million visitors during its ten-month run at the National Museum of American History on the Mall in Washington, DC, closing on July 6, 2003. With a goal of serving as a space of personal reflection, the exhibition included personal stories, photographs, and artifacts from the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and the Flight 93 crash site in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The exhibition also had a companion exhibit online (now defunct).

Each of the six exhibit sections were designed to have a somber impact on visitors: a narrow entrance portal featuring reactions to the attacks, a photo gallery featuring professional and amateur photography of the events, the object gallery from the three sites, a video produced by ABC News for the museum, interactive stations where guests listened to individual witness stories, and a visitor ledger where guests could reflect on the exhibit.

After its closing in Washington D.C., the exhibition was hosted at seven locations nationwide, including the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (Fort Worth, Texas) from September 11, 2003, to January 4, 2004; the East Tennessee Historical Society (Knoxville, Tennessee) from January 30 to May 23, 2004; the Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, California) from July 1 to August 15, 2004; the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) from September 11, 2004 to January 2, 2005; the Washington State Historical Society (Tacoma, Washington) from January 30 to April 24, 2005; Union Station, Kansas City (Kansas City, Missouri) from May to August 2005; and the National Heritage Museum (Lexington, Massachusetts) from September 11, 2005 to January 1, 2006.

The exhibition featured the distribution of 5 ½ x 9 ½" comment cards where visitors could write or draw their personal experiences of the September 11 attacks. Demographic information (age, location, gender) was also collected on these cards, and visitors had the choice of allowing their stories to be presented publicly. Two versions of the cards were used with slight differences in presented information, one that was distributed from the National Museum of American History, and the second being distributed from the host museums. Both versions informed participants that their responses would be part of the Behring Center's permanent archive responsible for preserving September 11th stories.

The comment cards were made available in the exhibition hall in every venue for visitors to record their comments. Some cards were sent back to the museum via mail from abroad or other states. Other submitted cards indicated forethought on part of their creator, with attached memorabilia such as photographs, drawings, flyers, poems, medals and pins, and patches.

Although the exhibition was featured at a total of eight locations, only cards from six of the locations are represented in this collection. The two locations that are not featured are the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania and the Washington State Historical Society. It is not known if these locations participated in the comment card project.

Numbering perhaps in the tens of thousands, the comment cards capture a vivid, collective memory across all demographics and will serve as an important historic primary source reservoir of early attitudes from the American and global consciousness in the aftermath of the attacks.
Provenance:
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Exhibitions -- (creator) -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Museum visitors  Search this
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001  Search this
Genre/Form:
Questionnaires
Citation:
September 11 Exhibit Comment Cards, 2002-2006, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0848
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September 11 Exhibit Comment Cards
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep87db31da3-031e-4832-8dac-391a61585931
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0848

Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, California)

Collection Creator:
Education and Public Programs, Department of (NMAH, SI)  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2004-07-01-2004-08-15
Scope and Contents:
Series 4 includes comment cards collected from the exhibit's time at the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, California. The comment cards are not arranged by date. The exhibit was on display from 2004 July 7 to 2004 August 15.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
September 11 Exhibit Comment Cards, 2002-2006, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0848, Series 4
See more items in:
September 11 Exhibit Comment Cards
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8d3061d65-cf77-455b-9909-7cde73466776
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0848-ref799

Japanese American National Museum

Collection Creator:
Education and Public Programs, Department of (NMAH, SI)  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.)  Search this
Container:
Box 47, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2004-07-01-2004-08-15
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
September 11 Exhibit Comment Cards, 2002-2006, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
September 11 Exhibit Comment Cards
September 11 Exhibit Comment Cards / Series 4: Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, California)
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8eb92155b-75bf-40c9-bada-fd8c41d90e61
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0848-ref772

Japanese American National Museum

Collection Creator:
Education and Public Programs, Department of (NMAH, SI)  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.)  Search this
Container:
Box 48, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2004-07-01-2004-08-15
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
September 11 Exhibit Comment Cards, 2002-2006, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
September 11 Exhibit Comment Cards
September 11 Exhibit Comment Cards / Series 4: Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, California)
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep89480f994-304d-4d21-8e3a-4c3ee9e732da
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0848-ref773

Japanese American National Museum

Collection Creator:
Education and Public Programs, Department of (NMAH, SI)  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.)  Search this
Container:
Box 49, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2004-07-01-2004-08-15
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
September 11 Exhibit Comment Cards, 2002-2006, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
September 11 Exhibit Comment Cards
September 11 Exhibit Comment Cards / Series 4: Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, California)
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep85415da4c-003d-4c70-af12-ed5aa3febff2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0848-ref774

Japanese American National Museum

Collection Creator:
Education and Public Programs, Department of (NMAH, SI)  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.)  Search this
Container:
Box 54, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
September 11 Exhibit Comment Cards, 2002-2006, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
September 11 Exhibit Comment Cards
September 11 Exhibit Comment Cards / Series 4: Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, California)
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep853f8c9fd-cfbb-44ad-bb39-1d11999f3a80
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0848-ref793

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Type:
Symposia
YouTube Videos
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Topic:
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Type:
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YouTube Videos
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Topic:
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National Museum of the American Indian
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Type:
Lectures
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Topic:
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National Museum of the American Indian
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Type:
Symposia
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
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YouTube Category:
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Topic:
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National Museum of the American Indian
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Type:
YouTube Videos
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Education  Search this
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American History  Search this
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National Museum of American History
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Type:
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YouTube Videos
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Archives of American Art
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YouTube Videos
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Archives of American Art
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National Portrait Gallery
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