Recording Oral Histories with Founding Trustees
The Museum’s oral historians began conducting interviews in 2006 to document the 9/11 tragedy and its aftermath. The collection has since grown to over 1,100 interviews that record the experiences of 9/11 survivors, first responders, witnesses, family members, recovery workers, public officials, and others affected by the attacks and their aftermath. With support from the Leon Levy Foundation, oral historians will conduct interviews with founding trustees of the LMDC and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, key members of their staffs, and members of LMDC advisory boards to document their experience and strengthen the archival record of the Memorial and Museum’s creation. These recordings will be cataloged and made publicly available.
Each of these initiatives to preserve, build, and expand access to collections is underway. Visit the MEMO Blog again for future posts where staff will provide a closer look at their methods and outcomes of these exciting projects.
By Bethany Romanowski, Head of Collections Management