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Guide to the Michael Arad 9/11 Memorial Papers
2001-2019
 PR 422

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Collection processed by Marybeth Kavanagh and Margo Padilla

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The finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Arad, Michael, 1969-
Title: Michael Arad 9/11 Memorial papers
Dates [inclusive]: 2001-2019
Abstract: This collection contains material from the records of the architect Michael Arad (1969- ), primarily related to his design of the National September 11 Memorial in New York City, which opened to the public on September 11, 2011.
Quantity: 78.85 Linear feet in 62 boxes, 3 bins and 12 folders
Quantity: 122 Gigabytes consisting of 26,995 digital files in 2,440 folders
Location: Portions of the collection are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact printroom@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.
Language: The materials in this collection are in English.
Call Phrase: PR 422

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Biographical / Historical

Michael Arad (1969- ) is an Israeli-American architect who designed the National September 11 Memorial in New York City. Arad, an Israeli citizen, was born in London, where his father Moshe Arad worked as a press attache. Arad later lived in New York City, Washington D.C., Jerusalem, and Mexico City. He also served for three years in the Israel Defense Forces.

Arad received a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, and a master's degree from Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Architecture. He moved to New York City in 1999 and practiced architecture at the firm of Kohn Pedersen Fox for three years. At the time he submitted his design to the competition for the World Trade Center site memorial, Arad was working for the New York City Housing Authority, designing neighborhood police stations.

Michael Arad's design for the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, titled "Reflecting Absence," was selected by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation from among more than 5,000 entries submitted in an international competition held in 2003. In April 2004, Arad joined the New York firm of Handel Architects; at this time, the LMDC also chose landscape architect Peter Walker, and the firm of Davis Brody Bond LLP to work with Arad in the realization of the design for the memorial.

The 9/11 Memorial was conceived and designed as a tribute to the 2,977 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center, at the crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing on February 26, 1993. Arad's design, "Reflecting Absence," features twin waterfall pools situated in the footprints of the original Twin Towers. The pools are each surrounded by bronze parapets that list the names of the victims of the 9/11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. They are set within a plaza planted with more than 400 swamp white oak trees. The National 9/11 Memorial opened on September 11, 2011. In 2012, Arad was awarded the AIA Presidential Citation for his work on the National September 11 Memorial.

N.B. When the project was originally conceived by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, it was called the World Trade Center Site Memorial. Currently, the formal name is the National September 11th Memorial, and it is informally known as the 9/11 Memorial. Alternately, it is sometimes referred to as the World Trade Center Memorial, the Ground Zero Memorial, or the Twin Towers Memorial.

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Content Description

This collection contains material from the records of the architect Michael Arad (1969- ), primarily related to his design of the National September 11 Memorial in New York City. Arad's design for the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site is titled "Reflecting Absence," and was selected by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation from among more than 5,000 entries submitted in an international competition in 2003. The collection includes architectural drawings, photographs and prints, office files, correspondence, proposals, presentations, memorabilia, models, digital files, and other media that document the design and construction of the memorial, which opened to the public on September 11, 2011.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 8 series:

Series I: Architectural Drawings
Series II: Digital Material
Series III: Ephemera and Other Media
Series IV: Images - Photographs and Prints
Series V: Names Parapet
Series VI: Office Files
Series VII: Site Models and Objects
Series VIII: Other Projects (not WTC)

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Architectural records.
  • Files (digital files)

Subject Organizations

  • Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
  • National September 11 Memorial & Museum (Organization)

Subject Topics

  • Architects -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Memorials -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001.

Subject Places

  • World Trade Center Site (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact the Print Room Reference Librarian at printroom@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.

Some formats, such as CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and certain digital files, may not be accessible due to file corruption or because the library does not have the equipment or proprietary software necessary to make the information they contain accessible. While some media may no longer be used as originally intended, they may be of interest as archival objects.

Models are restricted due to their fragility. Special permission to view the models must be received from both the curator and the chief conservator. All requests must be made in advance and in writing.

Conditions Governing Use

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff.

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org.Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit: https://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the Michael Arad 9/11 Memorial Papers, PR 422, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Michael Arad, 2020

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archivist Marybeth Kavanagh and digital archivist Margo Padilla in 2021.

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Container List

Series I: Architectural Drawings, 2003-2017

Scope and Contents

This series contains architectural sketches and drawing sets, many of which are annotated. They are arranged by title or subject, and listed chronologically.

Subseries I.A: Bid Drawing Sets, 2007-2009

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 24 Drawings Issued for Bid, volumes 1 and 2
2007 June 1
Offsite-Box: 25 Plaza Stone Package for Bid
2009 August 19

Subseries I.B: Design Development Sets, 2005-2007

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 16 50% Design Development Progress Set
2004 December 15
Offsite-Box: 16 50% Design Development Progress Set
2005 March 1
Offsite-Box: 13 Design Development Progress Set
2005 July 15
Offsite-Box: 14 Design Development, Handel Record Set, volumes 1-4
2005 September 14
Offsite-Box: 15 Design Development, Check Set, volumes 1-4
2005 September 14
Offsite-Box: 17 25% Design Development Progress Report, volumes 1 and 2
2006 January 31
Offsite-Box: 18 Design Development Progress Set, Construction Documents, volumes 1 and 2
2006 April 17
Offsite-Box: 19 Design Development Progress Set, Construction Documents, volumes 3 and 4
2006 April 17
Offsite-Box: 20 Design Development Progress Set, Construction Documents, volumes 1, 3 and 4
2006 April 17
Offsite-Box: 21 Design Development Progress Set, 25% Construction Documents, volumes 1, 2 and 4
2006 August 17
Offsite-Box: 53 Design Development Progress Set, 25% Construction Documents, volume 3
2006
Offsite-Box: 22 Design Development Progress Prints, volumes 1, 3 and 4
2007 February 19
Offsite-Box: 53 Design Development Progress Prints, volume 3
2007
Offsite-Box: 23 Design Development Progress Set, volumes 1 and 2
2007 March 1

Subseries I.C: Design Principals Presentation Sets, 8.5 x 11 inches, 2004-2005

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 15 Preliminary Design Coordination Drawings, 8.5 x 11 inches
2004
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 16 Design Principals Presentations, 8.5 x 11 inches
Mar-May 2005
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 17 Design Principals Presentations, 8.5 x 11 inches
Jun 2005
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 18 Design Principals Presentations, 8.5 x 11 inches
Jul 2005
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 1-2 Design Principals Presentations, 8.5 x 11 inches
Aug 2005
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 3 Design Principals Presentations, 8.5 x 11 inches
2005 September-October
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 4 Design Principals Presentations, 8.5 x 11 inches
2005 November-December
Offsite-Box: 44 Folder : 1-6 Design Principals Presentations, 8.5 x 11 inches
2005

Subseries I.D: Design Principals Meeting and Presentation Sets, 11 x 17 inches, 2005

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 1 Design Principals Meeting, 11 x 17 inches
2005 February 10
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 2 Design Principals Meeting, 11 x 17 inches
2005 February 23
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 3 Design Principals Presentation, 11 x 17 inches
2005 March 10
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 4 Design Principals Presentation, 11 x 17 inches
2005 March 31
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 5 Design Principals Presentation, 11 x 17 inches
2005 April 20
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 6 Design Principals Presentation, 11 x 17 inches
2005 May 12
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 7 Design Principals Presentation, 11 x 17 inches
2005 June 3
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 8 Design Principals Presentation, 11 x 17 inches
2005 June 22
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 1 Design Principals Presentation, 11 x 17 inches
2005 June 23
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 2 Design Principals Meeting, 11 x 17 inches
2005 July 14
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 3 Design Principals Meeting, 11 x 17 inches
2005 Aug 4
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 4 Design Principals Meeting, 11 x 17 inches
2005 Aug 25
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 5 Design Principals Meeting, 11 x 17 inches
2005 September 13
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 1 Design Principals Meeting, 11 x 17 inches
2005 October 6
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 2 Design Principals Meeting, 11x17 inches
2005 October 28
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 3 Design Principals Meeting, 11x17 inches
2005 December 8
Offsite-Box: 47 Design Principals Meeting, 11 x 17 inches
2005

Subseries I.E: Handel Record Sets, 2004-2007

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 4 Handel Record Set
2004 July 21
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 5 Handel Record Set
2004 September 24
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 6 Handel Record Set
2004 November 5
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 6 Handel Record Set
2005 January 6
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 7 Handel Record Set
2005 February 10
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 8 Handel Record Set
2005 March 31
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 1 Handel Record Set
2005 April 21
Offsite-Box: 54 Handel Record Set
2004-2007

Subseries I.F: Museum and Gallery Drawings Sets, 2005-2009

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 31 Folder : 3 Circulation Diagram Memorial Access Option 1
2004 July 30
Offsite-Box: 31 Folder : 3 Gallery and Contemplation Room Study
2004 July 21
Offsite-Box: 31 Folder : 5 Memorial Gallery Scheme Comparison
2005 June 17
Offsite-Box: 49 Memorial Gallery Scheme Comparison
2005
Offsite-Box: 31 Box : 4 Memorial Hall and Viewing Gallery
2005
Offsite-Box: 49 Memorial Hall and Viewing Gallery
2005-2006
Offsite-Box: 31 Folder : 6 Museum Exhibition Schematic Design
2008

Subseries I.G: Schematic Design Sets, 2004

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 25 Schematic Design Progress Set, Schemes A and B
2004 November 15
Offsite-Box: 16 Schematic Designs
2004 December 15
Offsite-Box: 46 Schematic Design
2004

Subseries I.H: Sketches, undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 33 Folder : 1 Book of Sketches, printed and bound
undated
Offsite-Box: 34 Folder : 1-5 Sketches on Trace Paper
undated
Offsite-Box: 50 Sketches on Trace Paper
undated
Folder: FF1 Sketches on Trace, oversize

Scope and Contents

Five sketches.

undated

Subseries I.J: Drawing Sets, Other, 2003-2017

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 3 Access Drawings
2004 July 21
Offsite-Box: 46 Access Drawings
2004
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 3 Access to Bedrock Studies Option 1 at Memorial Level
2004 July 29
Offsite-Box: 17 Advanced Footings and Foundation Set
2006 January 17
Offsite-Box: 34 Folder : 7 Bedrock Level Plans
2004
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 5 Circulation Diagram
2004 August 11
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 4 Design / Experience Issues
2006 February 21
Offsite-Box: 52 Design Intent and Design Issues
2004-2006
Offsite-Box: 47 Fountains and Pools
2005-2010
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 4 Grading Diagram
2004 August 11
Offsite-Box: 31 Folder : 2 Liberty Street Facade Refinement
2013 February
Offsite-Box: 48 LMDC Drawing Sets
2003-2007
Offsite-Box: 46 Materials
2006
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 4 Memorial Access Options
2004 August 11
Offsite-Box: 31 Folder : 2 Memorial Lighting
2009
Offsite-Box: 44 Folder : 7 Memorial Wayfinding
2006
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 2 Memorial Plaza- Night Lighting
2005 May 12
Offsite-Box: 31 Folder : 1 Memorial Plaza Studies
2009 March
Offsite-Box: 33 Folder : 4 Memorial Plaza Integration of Commemorative Element
2017
Offsite-Box: 48 North East Corner Study
2006-2007
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 7 North East Corner Study
2007 June
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 3 PATH Station Skylights
2005 May
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 4 Plan 1 - Plan 5 and Section Pool Edge Options 1-5
2004 September 9
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 6 Port Authority Drawings
2006
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 6 Ramp Studies
2004
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 1 Ramp Studies
2005 March 2
Offsite-Box: 44 Folder : 7 Ramp Studies
2005 April
Offsite-Box: 48 Ramp Studies
2004-2006
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 5 Security Options and Reviews
2006
Offsite-Box: 46 Security Options and Reviews
2006
Offsite-Box: 48 Shop Drawings
2010
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 6 Staging Plans
2004-2006
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 1 Studies A.1 - F.5
2005 January 27
Offsite-Box: 23 Superstructure Steel Set
2007 February 19
Offsite-Box: 31 Folder : 2 Survivor Tree Options
2012 March
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 5 Value Engineering Options
2006 June
Offsite-Box: 46 Value Engineering Options
2006
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 5 Vertical Access Scheme
2004 August 11
Offsite-Box: 46 Vertical Access Scheme
2004
Offsite-Box: 46 World Trade Center Footprint Studies
2005
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 2 World Trade Center Masterplan- Structural Concept
2003 October
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 6 World Trade Center District Overall Concept Plan
2008

Subseries I.K: Oversize Drawings, 2004-2009

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 59 Consultant Set
2004
Offsite-Box: 60 Consultant Set
2004
Offsite-Box: 61 Consultant Set
2004
Offsite-Box: 62 Consultant Set
2004
Folder: FF6 Geometry Plans
2004-2007
Folder: FF9 Plans, Access, Sections
2004
Folder: FF7 Port Authority Drawings
2007
Folder: FF8 Port Morris Tile and Marble Company Drawings
2009
Folder: FF13 Preliminary Design Coordination Drawings
2004
Folder: FF10 Supplemental Materials and Layout Plans
2009
Folder: FF4 Traffic Flow, World Trade Center site
2003
Folder: FF5 Vertical Access Schemes
2004
Offsite-Box: 51 Oversize Folded Drawings
2009-2010

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Series II: Digital Material, 2003-2011. 122 Gigabytes (26,995 files)

Scope and Contents

This series consists of CDs and DVDs and the digital files that were extracted from them. The CDs and DVDs did not arrive in any discernible order; the Digital Archivist numbered each CD and DVD, and transcribed any titles or information found on them. Each of the entries in this Subseries II.A represents one CD/DVD, and contains many individual files. Some of these files may not be accessible due to file corruption or because the library does not have the equipment or proprietary software necessary to make the information they contain accessible. The container list below includes the titles of the first level of folder organization within that digital content. Date ranges are provided, but are all approximate. A full manifest of the individual files comprising the series is available from the reference librarian on request.

Subseries II.A: Digital Files, 2003-2011

Scope and Contents

These digital files were extracted from the CDs and DVDs that are part of this series. The CDs and DVDs did not arrive in any discernible order; the Digital Archivist numbered each CD and DVD, and transcribed any titles or information found on them. Each of the entries in this series represents one CD/DVD, and contains many individual files. Some of these files may not be accessible due to file corruption or because the library does not have the proprietary software necessary. The container list below includes the titles of the first level of folder organization within that digital content. Date ranges are provided, but are all approximate. A full manifest of the individual files comprising the series is available from the reference librarian on request.

Container 1     Title Date
Digital Folder: PR 422 1_7_10_Slides for PPT
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 2_JuryBoards
2003
Digital Folder: PR 422 3_Images for Powerpoint
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 4_Michael_Backup_Feb_12_04_1
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 5_Michael_Backup_Feb_12_04_2
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 6_IMG_28_30_CompetitionBoards
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 7_IMG_1_27_MichaelVariousScans_Feb04
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 8_Michael_Various_Jan_22_04
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 9_Michael_VariousFileImagesEtc_Early
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 10_Press Images_03_08_04
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 11_Powerpoint_March04
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 12_DVD_2_2
2003
Digital Folder: PR 422 13_Animation_MArad
2003
Digital Folder: PR 422 16_ImagesFromPWP_April04
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 17_WTCMasterplanDiagrams_1-26-04
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 18_AVIFilesDesignIntentCurrent
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 19_Powerpoint_April04
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 20_OfficeofEmergencyManagementPPT
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 21_March26Set_EnvDefPackage
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 22_PA-KPFComplianceStandards_03-10-04
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 23_ToJBBPANYNJ_March0204
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 24_July21LayoutsforDPMeeting
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 25_SacredSpacePrecedent_MarkPasnik
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 26_RandomDocuments_Oct-Jan2005_DBB
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 27_Pentagon_Memorial
2003
Digital Folder: PR 422 28_SchematicDesignSet_12-15-04
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 29_WTC_MP_Reconciliation
2003
Digital Folder: PR 422 30_WTC_CurrentTransferToDBB_10-18-04
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 31_WTC_BackupMoveToDBB_Oct-18-04
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 32_WTC_BackupMoveToDBB_Oct-18-04_2
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 33_WTC_DirectoryAtKPFTransfer
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 34_WTC_DirectoryAtKPFImages
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 35_WTC_DirectoryAtKPFLibrary
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 36_WTC_DirectoryAtKPFDocumentsDrawings
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 38_SiteSlurryWall_1-27-04
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 39_WestStSlurryWallEtc_03-23-04
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 41_Handel_PA_Conflicts_09-04
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 42_Route9AAlternatives_Vollmer_02-06-04
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 43_Michael_Images_Mar04
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 44_Michael_VariousImages_Mar04
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 45_PowerpointPresentation_DartmouthConvocation
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 46_SchemeA_Archive_4LScheme_Nov2004
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 47_WTC_SchematicDesignSet_Dec2004
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 48_DPPresentations_Jan-Mar2005
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 49_HandelMoveBack050127_1
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 50_HandelMoveBack050127_2
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 51_Finalists_LMDC_Competition
2003
Digital Folder: PR 422 52_DBoxAnimationOfSchematics
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 53_911_Memorial
2011
Digital Folder: PR 422 54_Arad_09-14-2011
2011
Digital Folder: PR 422 55_HandelArchitects_National911Memorial_1
2011
Digital Folder: PR 422 56_HandelArchitects_National911Memorial_2
2011
Digital Folder: PR 422 57_Michael Arad_I_National911Memorial
2011
Digital Folder: PR 422 58_June2011_National911MemorialPresentation
2011
Digital Folder: PR 422 59_TheMarker
2008
Digital Folder: PR 422 60_[no_label]
2007
Digital Folder: PR 422 61_RAMFS_Presentation
2004
Digital Folder: PR 422 62_050720_LMDC_BoardMTG_Ramp_Slot
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 63_MemorialAnimations_SchemeAandB
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 64_911Memories_MahaProductions
2011
Digital Folder: PR 422 65_DowntownAlliance_Arad2008
2008
Digital Folder: PR 422 66_[crossed_out]_DowntownAlliance_03
2008
Digital Folder: PR 422 67_Klausmeier_050708
Digital Folder: PR 422 68_WTC_Mem_PoolWindowTest_09May07
2007
Digital Folder: PR 422 69_Hub_Mezzanine_Files_06-07
Digital Folder: PR 422 70_PSA_Views_DBOX_August2003
2003
Digital Folder: PR 422 71_Pataki_06-02-01_WTC_Memorial_Arad
2006
Digital Folder: PR 422 72_ConventionPPTRevised
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 73_MemorialAnimations_SchemeA_HallB
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 74_WTCMemorial_Fountain_Mockup_Sept
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 75_WTCM_Archive_050708
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 76_WTCM_KPF_Archive_Disc1and2
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 77_MemorialAnimations_SchemeAandB
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 78_MemorialAnimationsTest_02-20-05
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 79_MemorialAnimations_2-3-05
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 80_[no_label]
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 81_Descent_to_Bedrock_Animations_3-10-05
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 82_MemorialAnimations_1-27-05
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 83_DDP-PA1081-07_WTC_Transportation
2006-2007
Digital Folder: PR 422 84_FirefighterMemorial_6-13-06
2006
Digital Folder: PR 422 85_Backgrounds_060609_Snohetta
2006
Digital Folder: PR 422 86_PATH_Mezzanine_BelowGrade_Sketch
2006
Digital Folder: PR 422 87_WorldTradeCenterMasterPlan_Drawings
2003
Digital Folder: PR 422 88_PressKit_911Memorial
2011
Digital Folder: PR 422 89_WTC_TIFF_Final_6-28-03
2003
Digital Folder: PR 422 90_DP_Meetings
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 91_ForMichaelArad_AmyDrener
2010-2011
Digital Folder: PR 422 92_Proj_Admin_Post
2003
Digital Folder: PR 422 93_MockUpPhotos
2006
Digital Folder: PR 422 94_WTC_IFC_DCSchematicDesign_August
2005
Digital Folder: PR 422 95_12-14-05_ComputerCCEgressAnalysis

Subseries II.B: CDs and DVDs, 2003-2011

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains 95 CDs and DVDs. The contents of these discs has been copied, and is listed in Subseries II.A: Digital Files. Some of the discs were inaccessible due to file corruption; these have been labeled "discard." Access to the contents of any of the CDs and DVDs is exclusively through the Digital Files. However, the discs may be of interest as archival objects.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 35 CDs and DVDs
2003-2011

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Series III: Ephemera and Other Media, 2001-2019

Scope and Contents

This series consists of items related to Michael Arad and the 9/11 Memorial, including ID badges, magazine and newspaper articles, informational cards, posters, sheet music, and stickers. It also includes media such as VHS tapes, which are restricted from access because of fragility of the media and the library does not have the necessary equipment.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 32 Folder : 1 Badges, identification and Security
2004-2014
Offsite-Box: 44 Folder : 10 Guides to Lower Manhattan
2002-2005
Offsite-Box: 32 Folder : 2 Guide, Board of Directors Site Tour
2009
Offsite-Box: 32 Folder : 3 Informational Cards from Memorial Groundbreaking
2006
Offsite-Box: 32 Folder : 4 Informational Cards, Lower Manhattan Lecture Series
2008
Offsite-Box: 32 Folder : 5-6 Informational Cards, Stickers, etc., 9/11 Memorial
undated
Offsite-Box: 32 Folder : 7 Magazine, "Lifestyles"
2004
Offsite-Box: 32 Folder : 8 Magazine, "Men's Journal"
2007 September
Offsite-Box: 32 Folder : 9 Magazine, "Esposus"
2014
Offsite-Box: 32 Folder : 10 Magazine, "Kulturautausch"
2016
Offsite-Box: 32 Folder : 11 Manuscript (partial), "A Place of Remembrance"
2011
Offsite-Box: 32 Folder : 12-13 News Articles about WTC Memorial site
2003-2012
Offsite-Box: 44 Folder : 9 News Articles about WTC Memorial site
2003-2005
Offsite-Box: 45 Newspapers and Magazines

Scope and Contents

Mostly New York publications containing articles related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 9/11 Memorial.

2001-2012
Folder: FF11 Poster, Art Aid
2004
Offsite-Box: 34 Folder : 6 Poster, Carnegie Corporation (features Arad)
2012
Folder: FF2 Poster, Downtown Alliance
undated
Folder: FF11 Poster, Downtown Alliance on foam core
undated
Offsite-Box: 32 Folder : 14 Sheet Music, "One World: Sketches for Orchestra"
2019
Offsite-Box: 32 Folder : 15 VHS Tape, LMDC Memorial Competition
undated
Offsite-Box: 32 Folder : 16 VHS Tape, WTC Design
undated
Offsite-Box: 32 Folder : 17 VHS Tape, Dartmouth Convocation (2 copies)
2004
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 13 Other - Ephemera from Museums and Memorials (not WTC)
undated
Offsite-Box: 44 Folder : 8 Other - Ephemera from Museums and Memorials (not WTC)
undated

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Series IV: Images - Photographs and Prints, 2007, undated

Scope and Contents

This series includes film and digital photographic prints of the 9/11 Memorial design and construction, as well as images of Michael Arad and other people at the World Trade Center site and at various other sites. It also includes a framed collage of three photographs of Ground Zero and one Certificate of Copyright for the photo "The Cathedral," which is signed and inscribed to Michael Arad.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 6A Arad's Photographs
undated
Offsite-Box: 44 Folder : 11 Arad's Photographs
1987-2005
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 7-13 Photographs and Prints of World Trade Center Memorial Designs and Design Elements
undated
Offsite-Box: 44 Folder : 12 Photographs and Prints of World Trade Center Memorial Designs and Design Elements
undated
Offsite-Box: 26 Folder : 8 Photographs and Prints of the Names Parapet
undated
Offsite-Box: 33 Folder : 3 Photographs of the 9/11 Memorial
undated
Offsite-Box: 33 Folder : 2 Portrait, Michael Arad
undated
Offsite-Box: 42 Folder : 17 Renderings
2005
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 14 Renderings
2007 July
Offsite-Box: 50 Renderings
undated
Folder: FF12 West, Eugene. Framed collage of three photographs of Ground Zero and one Certificate of Copyright. One photo is titled "The Cathedral," and is signed.
2001-2002

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Series V: Names Parapet, 2004-2010

Scope and Contents

This series consists of material that documents the creation of the Names Parapet, one of the most difficult challenges in the design of the 9/11 Memorial. The names of the 2,982 individuals killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the bombing on February 26, 1993 are inscribed in bronze around the perimeters of the Memorial pools, which are located in the footprints of the Twin Towers. The names are arranged by where victims were and who they were with, and further requests for specific names to be located next to one another were made by the families of those who were lost.

The series is largely made up of scrolls and strips of paper with various arrangements of the names of the victims.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 26 Folder : 1 Names - Text Calculations
2004 September- 2004 October
Offsite-Box: 26 Folder : 2 Names - Markers: Recognition and Arrangement
2005 September 20
Offsite-Box: 26 Folder : 3 Names - Markers: Victim Information: Mapping
2006 January 19
Offsite-Box: 26 Folder : 4 Names - Markers: Recognition and Arrangement
2006 March
Offsite-Box: 50 Names: Markers: Recognition and Arrangement
2006-2010
Offsite-Box: 44 Folder : 13-15 Names: Markers: Recognition and Arrangement
2008-2010
Offsite-Box: 26 Folder : 5 Names - Parapet Fountain Studies
2006 September 6
Offsite-Box: 26 Folder : 6 Names - Parapet Fountain Studies
2006 November 14
Offsite-Box: 26 Folder : 7 Names - Parapet
2007
Offsite-Box: 27 Folder : 1 Names - Parapet
2008 January-2008 April
Offsite-Box: 44 Folder : 16-17 Names - Parapet
2009-2010
Offsite-Box: 27 Folder : 2 Names - Parapet Sight Lines
2008 May
Offsite-Box: 27 Folder : 3 Names - Parapet
2008 July 9
Offsite-Box: 27 Folder : 4 Names - Parapet Studies
2008 September 25
Offsite-Box: 27 Folder : 5 Names - Parapet Studies
2008 October
Offsite-Box: 27 Folder : 6 Names - Parapet Studies Options
2008 November
Offsite-Box: 27 Folder : 7 Names - Parapet Studies
2009
Offsite-Box: 28 Names - Scrolls
2009-2010
Offsite-Box: 29 Names - Scrolls
2009-2010
Offsite-Box: 33 Names - Scrolls
2009-2010
Offsite-Box: 30 Names - Scrolls and Strips
2009-2010
Offsite-Box: 32 Folder : 18-22 Names - Strips Arranged in Marked Envelopes
undated
Folder: FF3 Names - Scrolls and Strips
undated

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Series VI: Office Files, 2003-2019

Scope and Contents

This series consists of documents related to the design and construction of the National September 11 Memorial. It contains correspondence, including print outs of email, billing information, and contracts. The files also occasionally include small drawings, rough sketches, specifications, and clippings.

Arrangement

The series is arranged into three subseries based on its original order as received by N-YHS:

Arad's Files

Davis Bond Brody Files (Davis Brody Bond LLP was chosen by LMDC as the Associate Architect for the World Trade Center Memorial.)

Project Files

Subseries VI.A: Arad Files

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 1-3 Competition and Early Design Planning
2003-2004
Offsite-Box: 36 Folder : 1-12 Competition and Early Design Planning
2003-2004
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Consists mainly of people's reactions to the design of the memorial, both before and after it was completed. Some letters address how best to memorialize the individuals killed on 9/11.

2003-2019
Offsite-Box: 36 Folder : 13 Correspondence
2003-2005
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 5 Dartmouth Convocation

Scope and Contents

Material related to the convocation address given by Michael Arad at Datmouth on September 21, 2004. Includes a copy of the speech, correspondence, programs, and photographs.

2004
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 6-7 Invitations and Events
2004-2015
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 8 Project Files
2003-Jul 2004
Offsite-Box: 37 Folder : 1-11 Project Files
Jan-Oct 2004
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 9 Project Files
Aug 2004
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 10-11 Project Files
Sept 2004
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 12 Project Files
Oct-Dec 2004
Offsite-Box: 38 Folder : 1-3 Project Files
Oct-Dec 2004
Offsite-Box: 38 Folder : 4-13 Project Files
Jan-Sept 2005
Offsite-Box: 39 Folder : 1-2 Project Files
Oct-Dec 2005
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 1 Project Files
2005
Offsite-Box: 39 Folder : 4-8 Project Files
2006
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 2 Project Files
2006-2007
Offsite-Box: 39 Folder : 9 Project Files
2007-2011
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 3 Project Files
2008-2018
Offsite-Box: 39 Folder : 11 Project Manual, vol. 1-3
2004
Offsite-Box: 39 Folder : 10 Project Notebook
2004-2006
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 4 Printouts of Email Correspondence
Sep-Oct 2003
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 5 Printouts of Email Correspondence
Nov 2003
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 6 Printouts of Email Correspondence
Dec 2003-Mar 2004
Offsite-Box: 36 Folder : 14-16 Other Files
2005, undated

Subseries VI.B: Davis Brody Bond Files, 2004-2005

Scope and Contents

This series consists of files related to the firm of Davis Brody Bond, the Associate Architects who worked with Michael Arad and Peter Walker, Design Lead Architects, on the WTC Memorial.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 1-2 Associate Architect Request for Proposal
2004
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 3-4 Davis Brody Bond, Associate Architects
2004
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 5-9 Davis Brody Bond, Associate Architects
2005
Offsite-Box: 42 Folder : 18 Davis Brody Bond, Associate Architects
2005

Subseries VI.C: Project Files - National September 11 Memorial

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 1 Acoustical Design Report
2005
Offsite-Box: 40 Folder : 1 Acoustical Design Report
2005
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 2 Agendas
2004-2005
Offsite-Box: 40 Folder : 2-3 Budget Estimates
2004
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 3 Budget Estimates
2004-2005
Offsite-Box: 40 Folder : 4-6 Budget Estimates
2005
Offsite-Box: 40 Folder : 7 Budget Estimates
2006-2007
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 4 City and State Agency Documents
2004-2008
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 6-10 Client Files-LMDC
2004
Offsite-Box: 40 Folder : 8-9 Client Files-LMDC
2004
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 11 Client Files-LMDC
2005
Offsite-Box: 40 Folder : 10 Client Files-LMDC
2005
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 12 Client Files-LMDC
2006
Offsite-Box: 40 Folder : 11 Client Files-LMDC
2006
Offsite-Box: 43 Folder : 1 Commercial Design Guidelines
2004
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 5-6 Contracts
2004
Offsite-Box: 40 Folder : 12 Contracts
2004
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 7 Contracts
2005
Offsite-Box: 40 Folder : 13-14 Contracts
2005
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 8 Contracts
2006
Offsite-Box: 40 Folder : 15 Contracts
2006
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 9 Contracts-Code Consultants
2004
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 10 Cultural Center Design
2005-2006
Offsite-Box: 43 Folder : 2-4 Draft Specifications
2006
Offsite-Box: 39 Folder : 18 Draft Specifications-Design Development Phase
2005
Offsite-Box: 43 Folder : 5 Envelope Definition Package
2004
Offsite-Box: 40 Folder : 16 Financial
2004
Offsite-Box: 43 Folder : 6-7 Fire and Egress Studies
2005
Offsite-Box: 43 Folder : 8 Footings and Foundations Specifications
2005
Offsite-Box: 41 Folder : 1 Insurance
2004-2005
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 11 Invoices
2004
Offsite-Box: 41 Folder : 2-4 Invoices
2004
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 12 Invoices
2005
Offsite-Box: 41 Folder : 5 Invoices
2005
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 13-14 Invoices
2006
Offsite-Box: 41 Folder : 6 Invoices
2006
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 15 Invoices
2007
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 16 Invoices
2008
Offsite-Box: 41 Folder : 7-8 Landscaping
2004
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 17 Landscaping
2005
Offsite-Box: 41 Folder : 9 Landscaping
2005
Offsite-Box: 41 Folder : 10 Legal
2004
Offsite-Box: 41 Folder : 11 Lighting Proposals
2004
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 18 Lighting
2004-2005
Offsite-Box: 43 Folder : 9 LMDC Presentation
2004
Offsite-Box: 41 Folder : 12 Master Plan
2004
Offsite-Box: 41 Folder : 13 Materials
2004
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 19 Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing
2004-2005
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 20 Meeting Minutes and Agendas
2004
Offsite-Box: 41 Folder : 14-15 Meeting Minutes and Agendas
2004-2005
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 21 Meeting Minutes and Agendas
2005
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 1 Meeting Minutes and Agendas
2005-2006
Offsite-Box: 41 Folder : 16 MEP/Utilities
2004
Offsite-Box: 42 Folder : 1 Models
2004
Offsite-Box: 42 Folder : 2-5 Names on Memorial
2002-2011
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 2-3 Names on Memorial
2003-2011
Offsite-Box: 42 Folder : 6-10 Names Parapet Fountain
2004-2005
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 4 Operations
2004
Offsite-Box: 42 Folder : 11-12 Operations
2004-2005
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 5 Operations
2005
Offsite-Box: 42 Folder : 13 Press
2005
Offsite-Box: 43 Folder : 10-12 Project Manual Vol.1-3
2004
Offsite-Box: 42 Folder : 14 Programming
2004-2005
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 5 Schematic Design Meeting
2004
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 6 Section 106, National Historic Preservation Act
2004
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 7 Site Security Issues
2004-2005
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 8 Site Signage
2004-2005
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 9 Space Requirements/Design
2004
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 10 Staffing
2002-2004
Offsite-Box: 42 Folder : 15 Status Reports
2004
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 11 Status Reports
2004-2006
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 12 Structural
2004
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 13 Subcontractors-STV
2004
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 14 Sustainability
2004-2005
Offsite-Box: 42 Folder : 16 Timesheets
2004
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 15 Traffic
2005
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 16 Waterproofing
2005
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 17 Wind Conditions
2005
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 18 Work Orders
2004-2006
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 19 Work Schedule
2004

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Series VII: Site Models and Objects, undated

Scope and Contents

This series contains one intact model, boxes of models components, several sculptural pieces, sample names panels, and five hard hats with 9/11 Memorial insignia on them.

Conditions Governing Access

Models are restricted due to their fragility. Special permission to view the models must be received from both the curator and the chief conservator. All requests must be made in advance and in writing.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: Bin3 WTC Memorial Model "Reflecting Absence"
undated
Offsite-Box: Bin1 Box : Objects 1 WTC Memorial Model Pieces 1
undated
Offsite-Box: Bin1 Box : Objects 2 WTC Memorial Model Pieces 2
undated
Offsite-Box: Bin1 Box : Objects 3 WTC Memorial Sculptural Pieces and Letters
undated
Offsite-Box: Bin1 Box : Objects 4 WTC Memorial Sculptural Pieces and Name Panel Samples
undated
Offsite-Box: Bin1 Box : Objects 5 WTC Site Model and One World Trade Center Sculpture
undated
Offsite-Box: Bin1 Box : Objects 6 WTC Memorial Model Pieces 3
undated
Offsite-Box: Bin2 Box : Objects 7 WTC Memorial Models Pieces 4
undated
Offsite-Box: Bin2 Box : Objects 8 WTC Memorial Model Pieces 5
undated
Offsite-Box: Bin2 Box : Objects 9 WTC Memorial Name Panel Samples
undated
Offsite-Box: 55 WTC Memorial Name Panel Samples
undated
Offsite-Box: 56 WTC Memorial Name Panel Samples
undated
Offsite-Box: 57 WTC Memorial Name Panel Samples
undated
Offsite-Box: 58 WTC Memorial Name Panel Samples
undated
Offsite-Box: Bin2 Box : Objects 10 Hardhats from WTC Memorial Site
undated

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Series VIII: Other Projects (not WTC), 2004-2007

Scope and Contents

This series contains material that is unrelated to the 9/11 Memorial. It mainly consists of plans for a Handel Architects building on 255 Hudson Street in New York City.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 1-12 Project 392.01: 255 Hudson Street
2004-2007
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 13 Various Projects, Handel Architects
2004-2007

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