Scholarly Research Requests

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the country’s principal institution for documenting and examining the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the events that preceded them, including the first attack on the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993, and exploring how 9/11 continues to shape our world.

In addition to the institution's wide-ranging efforts in the areas of exhibitions, collections management, education, and commemoration, we conduct and support scholarly research on a range of topics related to 9/11. 

It is our policy to consider research requests from outside parties for scholarly uses such as undergraduate/graduate level coursework, doctoral dissertations, and museum-field related professional publications. Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to accommodate all requests and priority is given to accommodate scholars (graduate students and doctoral candidates) working on topics that can benefit professional and public understanding of the implications of the events of 9/11 and professionals advancing discourse on museum-field related subjects.

We reserve the right to amend this policy at any time and for any reason.

Prior to submitting an application, we encourage you to review our website and in particular the FAQs and resources on the 9/11 Memorial & Museum available here:
- Explore online collection
- 9/11 primary resources
- Information, context and resources exploring the attacks of 9/11
- Interactive 9/11 timelines

For research application or guidelines related questions, please email