The World Trade Center

Primary Sources & Research

What was it like working at the World Trade Center? When was it built? Was this the only attack? What will happen to the site? Here you will find resources detailing the building and history of the World Trade Center, the bombing in 1993, and the rebuilding after 9/11.

Creating the World Trade Center: Old and New

World Trade Center History, PBS

Website for “New York: A Documentary Film: The Center of the World” by Ric Burns which examines the rise and fall of the World Trade Center. It includes an online guide that provides rich resources and activities that teach geography, economics, history, and civics.
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World Trade Center, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey began construction of the World Trade Center in March 1966. View a complete timeline of the building from the beginning blueprints to its ultimate collapse in 2001. View current photos of the site and updated progress reports on construction.
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World Trade Center, Silverstein Properties

This website offers daily updates of contemporary events taking place at the construction site and documents the rebuilding process. Learn about architecture of each new building and discover what organizations will be located on the site.
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Times Topics: World Trade Center (NYC), The New York Times

Follow the New York Times’ coverage on the World Trade Center in New York City. Read articles, watch videos, and listen to interviews about the construction of the WTC and its current rebuilding.
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Engineering Ground Zero: Designing and Building the New World Trade Center, PBS

A companion website to the NOVA program of the same name, this site includes survivor tales, discussions on 9/11 conspiracy theories, and slideshows of the World Trade Center. A teacher’s guide is also available for download.
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City in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center

By James Glanz and Eric Lipton, Times Books, 2003
New York Times reporters James Glanz and Eric Lipton re-create the World Trade Center from its genesis in an effort to rebuild Lower Manhattan, to the spirited battles of those who opposed it, to the structural engineering innovations that affected its collapse.
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February 26, 1993

On This Day, The New York Times

On This Day allows access to archived transcripts of New York Times coverage from a particular day. Read a copy of the original coverage of the attack on February 26, 1993.
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World Trade Center Bombing 1993, 9/11 Memorial Museum

The 9/11 Memorial Museum details information on the attack of February 26, 1993 and the aftermath through personal accounts and related articles.
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