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Guide to the Here is New York Collection
1996-2007 (bulk 2001-2002)
 PR 258

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 13, 2011
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The Here is New York Collection spans the period from 1996 to 2007 (bulk 2001 to 2002) and primarily contains images of or related to the events of September 11, 2001 that were used in here is new york exhibitions. Images were submitted to the organization from more than 2,600 amateur and professional photographers and are in digital and printed formats. The bulk of the images are of New York City, especially of initial damage to the World Trade Center, the collapse of the towers, environmental damage and victims in lower Manhattan, Ground Zero, firefighters, police and rescue workers, missing persons fliers, memorials throughout the city, and the WTC before 9/11. There are also numerous images of the Pentagon and Washington, D.C. Also represented in the collection are the Towers of Light in 2002, memorial services, the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA, reactions to 9/11 in various cities, the war in Afghanistan, other sites of terrorism, and world events. The 6,254 digital images are available through a searchable database. There are 2,123 prints, primarily from the Prince Street and Corcoran Gallery exhibitions.

The collection also contains original photographs not returned to contributors, 580 oral history testimonies from here is new york's Voices of 9.11 project, and home movies, other images, and music relating to 9/11. In addition, there is material (mostly signage) from here is new york exhibitions, and documentation of various shows, especially those at Prince Street and the Chicago Cultural Center.

The Here is New York Collection contains 25 boxes of the organization's office files, including the records of key departments, particularly public relations and print production.

This collection contains a variety of formats, including digital images (bulk are tif and jpg), prints, photographs, movie files, office files, newspapers, clippings, artifacts, and ephemera. Much of the material is on CDs, DVDs, hard drives, zip disks, floppy disks, and VHS and Mini-DV tapes. Files on these items can be accessed at a dedicated computer terminal for this collection.


The Here is New York Collection is arranged into seven series:

  1. Series I. here is new york Images
  2. Series II. Voices of 9.11
  3. Series III. Other Donated Material
  4. Series IV. Documentation of Exhibitions
  5. Series V. Office Files
  6. Series VI. WTC: The First Twenty-Four Hours
  7. Series VII. Added Material