The day I decided not to collect: A curator’s view of Ground Zero (Smithsonian)

Smithsonian: The day I decided not to collect: A curator’s view of Ground Zero . “About a month after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, I received a phone call from a colleague asking if I wanted to take a trip up to New York City to collect objects from Ground Zero for the museum. Although now a curator with the sports collection, at the time I was the curator of the fire and rescue collections and he thought I would like to collect from the fire and rescue personnel on site. I hesitated for a minute, knowing this would not be an easy scene to witness, but accepted his invitation.”