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Besides ending nearly 3,000 lives, destroying planes and reducing buildings to tons of rubble and ash, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on 9/11, 2001, destroyed tens of thousands of records, irreplaceable historical documents and art.
In some cases, the inventories were destroyed along with the records. And the loss of human life at the time overshadowed the search for lost paper.
A decade later, agencies and archivists say they’re still not completely sure what they lost or found, leaving them without much of a guide to piece together missing history.
‘You can’t get the picture back, because critical pieces are missing,’ said Kathleen D. Roe, operations director at the New York State Archives and co chairwoman of the World Trade Centre Documentation Project.
‘And so you can’t know what the whole picture looks like.”
The picture starts in the seven building trade centre complex. Customs. 7 World Trade Center, a skyscraper just north of the twin towers, collapsed that afternoon.
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The trade centre was home to more than 430 companies, including law firms, manufacturers and financial institutions.
Twenty one libraries were destroyed, including that of The Journal of Commerce.
Dozens of federal, state and local government agencies were at the site, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Secret Service.
The first tangible losses beyond death were obvious,
The Cantor Fitzgerald brokerage, where more than 650 employees were killed, owned a trove of drawings and sculptures that included a cast of Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ which resurfaced briefly after the attacks before mysteriously disappearing again.
Fragments of other sculptures also were recovered.
Disappeared: Helen Keller, pictured in 1920 holding a magnolia flower. Her building, a block from the trade centre, was destroyed by the Ground Zero debris. trade dating back to at least the 1840s.
And in the same building were nearly 900,000 objects excavated from the Five Points neighborhood of lower Manhattan, a famous working class slum of the 19th century.
The Kennedy negatives, by photographer Jacques Lowe, had been stowed away in a fireproof vault at 5 World Trade Centre, a nine story building in the complex.
Helen Keller International, whose offices burned up when its building, a block from the trade center, was struck by debris, lost a modest archive.
Only two books and a bust of Keller survived.
Classified and confidential documents also disappeared at the Pentagon, where American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into it on 9/11.
Gone: A cast of The Thinker by Rodin was at The Cantor Fitzgerald brokerage, where more than 650 employees were killed in the terror attacks. It resurfaced briefly after the attacks before mysteriously disappearing again
A private disaster response company, BMS CAT, was hired to help recover materials in the library, where the jet plane’s nose came to rest. The company claimed it saved all but 100 volumes. prepared to launch an attack a month later.
In New York, CIA and Secret Service personnel sifted through debris carted from the trade centre to a Staten Island landfill for lost documents, hard drives with classified information and intelligence reports. The CIA declined to comment.
Two weeks after the attacks, archivists and librarians gathered at New York University to discuss how to document what was lost, forming the World Trade Centre Documentation Task Force. But they received only a handful of responses to survey questions about damaged or destroyed records.