This year marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The National Archives and the National Archives Foundation remembers this event with a series of virtual programs accessible live to viewers across the country. Learn more about the live programming, as well as featured documents and educational resources on the National Archives Foundation website.
Additionally, as the nation’s record keeper, the National Archives safeguards many records related to the events of September 11, including the 9/11 Commission Records, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, as well as many White House photographs documenting the days and weeks surrounding the event.
9/11 Commission Records
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, known as the 9/11 Commission, was an independent, bipartisan commission created by Congress. The Commission’s mandate was to provide a “full and complete accounting” of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and to provide recommendations as to how to prevent such attacks in the future. When the 9/11 Commission closed on August 21, 2004, it transferred legal custody of its records to the National Archives. The Commission encouraged the release of its records to the fullest extent possible in January 2009. A large percentage of the Commission’s records are national security classified files. NARA maintains a list of documents released since the records were opened in 2009. Learn more about the 9/11 Commission Records.
9/11 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Records
Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (Record Group 237) compiled records from its staff and aviation facilities to support internal and external investigations of the events. The records consist of 126 cubic feet of textual, audio, and electronic files relating to the actual terrorist attacks, the FAA’s involvement in the monitoring of United Airlines Flights 175 and 93 and American Airlines Flights 11 and 77, and the Federal Government’s subsequent actions in the aftermath of the attacks. Learn more about the 9/11 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Records and view the Finding Aid.
9/11 Photograph Collection
In the days following the September 11 terrorist attacks, White House photographers took over 50,000 photographs capturing the horror and heroism, the courage and compassion surrounding the attacks. View the collection of 9/11 photographs from the George W. Bush Presidential Library on Flickr.
We invite you to join us for our virtual programming this week as we reflect on the legacy of 9/11, remember the heroism, and honor the individuals and families impacted. Learn more on archives.gov.