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September 11, 2001 Collection, 2001

(Manuscript Collection #885)

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Title: September 11, 2001 Collection
Creator: Zipf, Karin L.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection consists of essays written on September 12, 2001, by nineteen students as an assignment in East Carolina University Professor Karin L. Zipf's "Women in American History Class," describing their reactions to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center buildings in New York, NY, and the Pentagon in Arlington, VA.
Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, 20 items , consisting of nineteen essays written by ECU students about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and on the Pentagon in Arlington, VA.

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Accessions Information

September 13, 2002 (unprocessed), 20 items, 0.01 cubic feet, 28 pages; Collection (9/12/2001 - 11/29/2001) of essays written on September 12, 2001 by 19 students as an assignment in Professor Karin L. Zipf's "Women in American History Class," (History 3140) at East Carolina University describing their reactions to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center buildings in New York, NY and the Pentagon in Arlington, VA; and a description of the September 11th essay assignment (11/29/2001) by Professor Karin L. Zipf. Donor: Prof. Karin L. Zipf and 19 students in Hist #3140.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

September 11, 2001 Collection (#885), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Prof. Karin L. Zipf and 19 students in Hist #3140

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Elmore, September 2003

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked planes and flew them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, causing the towers to collapse resulting in several thousand deaths. At the same time and in the same manner, the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, was attacked causing more deaths. In Pennsylvania a fourth hijacked plane was crashed into the ground killing all aboard before it could reach its intended target. The tragedies were of such magnitude and so unlike any previous terrorist attack on the U.S. mainland that many U.S. citizens were affected emotionally even if they did not know anyone hurt or killed in the attacks.

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This collection consists of essays written on September 12, 2001, by nineteen East Carolina University (Greenville, N.C.) students in the "Women in American History" class (History 3140) taught by Dr. Karin L. Zipf. [Transcripts of the essays are also on an accompanying diskette.] This was an undergraduate course and the majority of the students were female. These essays expressed their emotions concerning the terrorists' attacks on September 11, 2001, and what they thought it might mean for the future of the United States of America. Besides expressing anxiety over the unknown fates of loved ones in the areas of the terrorists' attacks, several essays contained references to fear for the lives of loved ones stationed at the many military bases in North Carolina. All of the authors expressed emotions of disbelief, shock, fear and sadness, but also courage and strength.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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