21 Libraries were destroyed at World Trade Center on 9/11

NEW YORK (AP) — Letters written by Helen Keller. Forty-thousand photographic negatives of John F. Kennedy taken by the president's personal cameraman. Sculptures by Alexander Calder and Auguste Rodin. The 1921 agreement that created the agency that built the World Trade Center.

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buildings to tons of rubble and ash, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks destroyed tens of thousands of records, irreplaceable historical documents and art.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.

The trade center 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.

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I am tired of the gratuitous

I am tired of the gratuitous political comments to stories on this site. Whether comments like that from Anonymous above or the Safe Libraries' frequent complaints about ALA or any of the other commenters who use library related entries to whine about some political issue that upsets them--all are unnecessary and don't add to the discussion. I get it. You're upset. Now please either discuss the library issues involved or simply restrain yourself from off topic complaints.

Dick and George must feel

Dick and George must feel very happy about that

I doubt that. Seriously.

I doubt that. Seriously.

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