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Swipe card instructions

Date: 
ca. 2001
Medium: 
Paper
Dimensions: 
folded: 3 1/4 x 4 3/4 in. ( 8.3 x 12.1 cm )
Description: 
Folded paper instructions of the World Trade Center Permanent Security Program describing use of photo ID card in World Trade Center turnstiles. Photo of WTC facade.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Marjorie Portnow
Object Number: 
2002.11.3
Gallery Label: 
Landscape painter Marjorie Portnow (b.1942) was given these swipe card instructions to assist her in accessing her artist's studio on the 91st floor of the North tower of the World Trade Center. Her studio was made available by the "World Views" artist-in-residency program launched in 1997 by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, in conjunction with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. "World Views" provided free studio space for a six-month period to emerging visual artists.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
2001
eMuseum Object ID: 
45701
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

FDNY badge with purple bunting

Description: 
Sheild-shaped, machine-embroidered patch with an image of the Twin Towers.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Andre Cox
Object Number: 
2001.309
Gallery Label: 
According to a letter sent to the New-York Historical Society by John Condon, firefighter Andre Cox of Ladder Company 43 designed a purple bunting addition to the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) department logo patch as a memorialized addendium for those department members who suffered grevious losses. At the time the letter was sent, this design had not been officially aproved by the FDNY.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
0
eMuseum Object ID: 
45489
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

FDNY badge

Description: 
Sheild-shaped, machine- embroidered arm patch bearing the official FDNY logo with an image of the Twin Towers.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Andre Cox
Object Number: 
2001.308
Gallery Label: 
According to a letter sent with the badge to the New-York Historical Society by John Condon , this design has been used by the Fire Department of the City of New York since the late 1970s.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
0
eMuseum Object ID: 
45488
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Identification card

Date: 
2001
Medium: 
Plastic
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/8 x 3 1/2 in. ( 5.4 x 8.9 cm )
Description: 
White plastic World Trade Center identification card with printing and bar-code on front and magnetic strip on reverse.
Credit Line: 
Gift in Memory of William Dean
Object Number: 
2001.178
Marks: 
printed: on card: "VISITOR USE ONLY/ROMANO/SALVATORE/2WTC VISITOR B3/03/21/01/TURNER CONSTRUCTION CO."
Gallery Label: 
This identification card was used by construction worker Salvatore Romano for ID during the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center immediately following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Romano had done construction at the World Trade Center six months prior to the attack and used his old identification for access to "ground zero," the site of the devastation.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
2001
eMuseum Object ID: 
45477
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Respirator

Date: 
2001
Medium: 
Plastic, rubber
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 12 in. ( 11.4 x 21.6 x 30.5 cm )
Description: 
Half mask respirator with black plastic facepiece and two purple plastic air filter covers.
Credit Line: 
Gift in Memory of William Dean
Object Number: 
2001.177
Gallery Label: 
This respirator was used by construction worker Salvatore Romano during rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center immediately following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
2001
eMuseum Object ID: 
45476
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Hard hat

Date: 
2001
Medium: 
Plastic
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 x 8 x 11 in. ( 17.8 x 20.3 x 27.9 cm )
Description: 
Red plastic construction worker's hard hat with Local Union 731 and other decals.
Credit Line: 
Gift in Memory of William Dean
Object Number: 
2001.176
Gallery Label: 
This hard hat was worn by construction worker Salvatore Romano during rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center immediately following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
2001
eMuseum Object ID: 
45475
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Untitled (#3 from the World Trade Center Memorial Series)

Date: 
2001
Medium: 
Detritus from the collapse of the World Trade Center with hand-coated silver print
Dimensions: 
image: 5 x 8 in. ( 12.7 x 20.3 cm )
Description: 
Photographic image of leaf printed on business form.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Object Number: 
2002.45.1
Gallery Label: 
Singed papers and other bits of debris from the attacks on the World Trade Center floated across the East River and into Brooklyn throughout the day and evening of September 11, 2001. Some landed near the Union Street studio of artists Doug and Mike Starn. The brothers and many who work with them in the studio witnessed the attacks and destruction of the buildings as they traveled into Brooklyn that morning and watched from the streets near the studio. They felt compelled to gather the papers that landed nearby so that they would not be treated as trash, but as objects that once belonged to people. In a personal statement written just a few days after September 11, 2001, one of the brothers observed that, the "pieces of paper are part of the buildings that were such an embedded symbol of our adopted hometown." The brothers also felt compelled to help in some way, ultimately determining to incorporate the bits of paper into an ongoing body of work utilizing trees, leaves and photographic materials and processes. According to the artists, "the papers fell from the sky like leaves in the autumn, the leaves are the living heart and soul of trees all summer long... The leaves represent a creative life force and mortality- leaves die and are scattered in the wind, just like the leaves of paper. The mixed media works on paper are sensitive, compelling and artistically powerful responses to the horrific events of September 11th. One of the collages directly addresses the immense magnitude of the loss of life suffered by Cantor Fitzgerald, a relatively small company that arguably has become the most widely known of the many institutions damaged on September 11th. Another speaks to the universality of the loss in which all New Yorkers shared, because the singed paper at its center bears no corporate or individual identification. Both are thought provoking, visually arresting responses to the tragedy of September 11th that merit a place in the museum's permanent collections. The artists are identical twins whose work has been exhibited and accepted into the collections of numerous museums around the world. They studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and have worked in many media, including paper, photography, film and sculpture.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
2001
eMuseum Object ID: 
45283
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Venetian blind and aluminum fragment

Medium: 
Metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 46 x 20 in. (116.8 x 50.8 cm)
Description: 
Damaged blind with tangled slats.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Barbara and Kenneth Jackson
Object Number: 
2006.23.1-2
Gallery Label: 
These venetian blind fragments were retrieved by historian Kenneth Jackson from the branches of a tree in the cemetery of St. Paul's Church, just adjacent to the World Trade Center site, shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
0
eMuseum Object ID: 
45228
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

World Trade Center dust

Exhibitions: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Date: 
2001
Description: 
Dust collected in the vicinity of the World Trade Center on September 12, 2001 from a soot-coated car transformed into a spontaneous memorial after it was towed from the disaster site.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Andrew H. Davis
Object Number: 
2002.19
Gallery Label: 
Much of lower Manhattan was covered with layers of dust generated by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Urban historian Andrew Davis observed a vehicle covered in a layer of dust four inches thick. He filled a small plastic bag with the thick, gray dust on September 12th. Shortly after the bag of contaminated dust, sprinkled with particles of paper and building materials, was given to the N-YHS, conservators carefully transferred the contents to a glass specimen jar, so that it could safely be studied and preserved.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
2001
eMuseum Object ID: 
2355
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

The September 11 Collection

The New-York Historical Society's September 11 collection preserves objects related both to those who were lost in the 9/11 attacks and those who struggled to keep their memory alive in the days and months that followed.

Teaser: 

From its inception the New-York Historical Society's September 11 collection preserved objects related both to those who were lost in the attack and those who struggled to keep their memory alive in the days and months that followed.

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