The Folklore of 9/11: An Analysis of Primary Materials in Pace University’s Oral History Project


Donald Allport Bird (Long Island University, Brooklyn)

With 20 years since 9/11, the passage of time compels reevaluation of that tragic day’s rumors and conspiracy theories. Examining  9/11 content, process and function through access to unexamined oral histories will deepen understanding of folk narrative and collective behavior. The Pace University 9/11 oral-history interview collection from 2002, 2003, and 2004 will be studied as informants strived for cognitive clarity. Some materials will be tethered to the comprehensive September 11th Digital Archive that became the first major digital acquisition by the Library of Congress,  and the “explanation industry” that emerged following 9/11.

Part of 54-05 Folklore of Conflict, Disaster, and Survival, Friday, October 22, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm