Sunday, July 31, 2011

Archival Records, Art Work and More Noted Lost Due to 9-11

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

An article by the Associated Press notes besides ending nearly 3,000 lives, destroying planes and reducing buildings to tons of rubble and ash, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks destroyed tens of thousands of archival records, irreplaceable historical documents and art.

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 Center Documentation Task Force. But they received only a handful of responses to survey questions about damaged or destroyed records.

After Sept. 11, "agencies did not do precisely what was required vis-à-vis records loss," said David S. Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States, in an email to The Associated Press. "Appropriately, agencies were more concerned with loss of life and rebuilding operations - not managing or preserving records." He said off-site storage and redundant electronic systems backed up some records; but the attacks spurred the archives agency to emphasize the need for disaster planning to federal records managers.

To read the entire article go to: http://yhoo.it/qr7U8I

Original url:
http://news.yahoo.com/mystery-surrounds-loss-records-art-9-11-164719650.html

Thank you to Randy Herschaft, Associated Press for alerting us to the
article.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-Large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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