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If news is the first draft of history, then the Television Archive is history in the making. The nonprofit research center has stockpiled television news footage from Sept. 11 — everything from Good Morning America to Iraq Satellite Channel — and made it publicly accessible at TVarchive.org. ”We have 300 hours of TV from Iran, Palestine, Qatar, China, Russia, and Japan,” says Brewster Kahle, a director of the Television Archive and the Web-related Internet Archive. While Kahle envisions these sites as a resource for scholars, the latter is now aiding the Library of Congress with a new site, September11.archive.org, and is in talks with the Smithsonian about a future exhibit. The undertaking is in its infancy (foreign-language experts have yet to translate the overseas broadcasts), but Kahle sees the project as a way to understand how others viewed the tragedy of Sept. 11: ”We need to ask the question: What did the world see?”

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