September 11, 2001: Images & Artifacts

View an array of historical images and artifacts related to the history of Congress and the attacks on September 11, 2001. Items include historic images, as well as commemorative items such as posters and pins.

In the wake of the attacks in New York and at the Pentagon, tourists and congressional staff evacuated the U.S. Capitol./tiles/non-collection/o/oh_sept11_evac.xml
American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol on the morning of September 11, 2001./tiles/non-collection/o/oh_sept11_flag.xml
On the first anniversary of the attacks, the town of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, hosted a ceremony honoring the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, who overthrew the terrorists and prevented another attack. Inscribed with, “Let’s Roll,” the statement attributed to the heroes of Flight 93, galvanized the Nation against the terrorist attacks./tiles/non-collection/o/oh_sept11_memorial.xml
The New York City skyline clouded by billowing smoke from the site of the World Trade Center in the moments after the attacks./tiles/non-collection/o/oh_sept11_towers.xml
To honor the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks, Members of Congress wore a special lapel pin at the September 6, 2002, New York City Commemorative Meeting./tiles/non-collection/o/oh_sept11_pin.xml
As he evacuated the Capitol, House Chaplain Father Daniel Coughlin comforted Representative Howard Coble of North Carolina and a House employee as they walked across the Capitol lawn./tiles/non-collection/o/oh_sept11_evaccoughlin.xml
In the days following the September 11th attacks, President George W. Bush and members of his cabinet met with congressional leaders at the White House. Seated at the table from left to right: House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri, CIA Director George Tenet, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert of Illinois, President George W. Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota, Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi, and Senate Majority Whip Harry Reid of Nevada./tiles/non-collection/o/oh_sept11_bush.xml
E-mail distributed to House staff on the afternoon of September 11, 2001./tiles/non-collection/o/oh_sept11_email.xml
Hand-written page from the 107th Congress (2001-2003) <i>House Journal</i> Ledger, dated the legislative day of September 11, 2001./tiles/non-collection/o/oh_sept11_minutebook.xml
Looking south from the Capitol building, smoke ascended from the Pentagon following the crash of American Airlines Flight 77./tiles/non-collection/o/oh_sept11_smoke.xml
“September 11, 2001 We will not forget” poster commemorated the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Designed by congressional staff to show support for the victims of the attacks, the House Graphics Office distributed the poster upon request./tiles/non-collection/s/sept11_sign.xml
On September 12, 2001, the Office of the Clerk distributed this red, white, and blue ribbon to congressional offices to galvanize patriotic support in the wake of the attacks./tiles/non-collection/o/oh_evnts_sept11_ribbon_hc_2002_030_001.xml
In a demonstration of support for the tireless efforts of the Capitol Police Force, congressional staff wore commemorative pins inscribed with, “Thank you Capitol Police.”/tiles/non-collection/o/oh_sept11_security_and_safety.xml
On the evening of September 11, 2001, Members of Congress gathered on the U.S. Capitol steps to address the Nation. As the press conference concluded, the group spontaneously sang “God Bless America.”/tiles/non-collection/o/oh_sept11_reaction_and_response.xml
The tranquil sunrise over the Capitol one year after the attacks served as a stark contrast to the chaos of September 11, 2001./tiles/non-collection/o/oh_sept11_retrospect.xml
Evacuation of the U.S. Capitol
In the wake of the attacks in New York and at the Pentagon, tourists and congressional staff evacuated the U.S. Capitol.
Image used with permission by Douglas Graham, Roll Call newspaper
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American Flag, September 11, 2001
American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol on the morning of September 11, 2001.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania
On the first anniversary of the attacks, the town of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, hosted a ceremony honoring the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, who overthrew the terrorists and prevented another attack. Inscribed with, “Let’s Roll,” the statement attributed to the heroes of Flight 93, galvanized the Nation against the terrorist attacks.
Image used with permission by Douglas Graham, Roll Call newspaper
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The New York City Skyline on the Morning of the Attacks
The New York City skyline clouded by billowing smoke from the site of the World Trade Center in the moments after the attacks.
Courtesy of Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
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New York City Commemorative Meeting Pin, 2002
To honor the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks, Members of Congress wore a special lapel pin at the September 6, 2002, New York City Commemorative Meeting.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Providing Comfort on September 11, 2001
As he evacuated the Capitol, House Chaplain Father Daniel Coughlin comforted Representative Howard Coble of North Carolina and a House employee as they walked across the Capitol lawn.
Image used with permission by Douglas Graham, Roll Call newspaper
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Congressional Leaders Meet with the President after the Attacks
In the days following the September 11th attacks, President George W. Bush and members of his cabinet met with congressional leaders at the White House. Seated at the table from left to right: House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri, CIA Director George Tenet, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert of Illinois, President George W. Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota, Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi, and Senate Majority Whip Harry Reid of Nevada.
Photo by Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library
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E-Mail to House Staff on September 11, 2001
E-mail distributed to House staff on the afternoon of September 11, 2001.
Private Collection
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House Journal on the Legislative Day of September 11, 2001
Hand-written page from the 107th Congress (2001-2003) House Journal Ledger, dated the legislative day of September 11, 2001.
Document used with permission of the Clerk of the House
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Smoke from the Pentagon after the Attacks
Looking south from the Capitol building, smoke ascended from the Pentagon following the crash of American Airlines Flight 77.
Image used with permission by Douglas Graham, Roll Call newspaper
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"September 11, 2001 We will not forget"
“September 11, 2001 We will not forget” poster commemorated the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Designed by congressional staff to show support for the victims of the attacks, the House Graphics Office distributed the poster upon request.
Image used with permission of House Graphics, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer.
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September 11th Ribbon
On September 12, 2001, the Office of the Clerk distributed this red, white, and blue ribbon to congressional offices to galvanize patriotic support in the wake of the attacks.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
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"Thank you Capitol Police"
In a demonstration of support for the tireless efforts of the Capitol Police Force, congressional staff wore commemorative pins inscribed with, “Thank you Capitol Police.”
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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The Singing of “God Bless America”
On the evening of September 11, 2001, Members of Congress gathered on the U.S. Capitol steps to address the Nation. As the press conference concluded, the group spontaneously sang “God Bless America.”
Image used with permission by Douglas Graham, Roll Call newspaper
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Sunrise over the Capitol
The tranquil sunrise over the Capitol one year after the attacks served as a stark contrast to the chaos of September 11, 2001.
Image used with permission by Douglas Graham, Roll Call newspaper
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