Collector of the Month for May and his Historic Collection

Chosen as's Collector of the Month for May 2009, collector Michael Ragsdale displays his 9/11 collections to the world.
May 1, 2009 - PRLog -- Michael Ragsdale (NYCcollector) has accumulated two very important 9/11 collections.  Both of which are historic in their own right.  During our interview with Michael he has revealed much about these collections:

Both collections are proving to be "NYC area aftermath of 9/11" paper histories that are unlike any of the typical "day-of-the-attacks" narratives that most people around the globe are familiar with... and could end up at the National September 11 Museum.

My first is a 14 month ephemera-only archive - an effort to acquire everything I could find on paper which had anything to do with 9/11 (except photos of the destruction, missing person posters and very personal items)... and which I have respectfully exhibited in various capacities on several occasions (including the last five anniversaries), spoken and written about, and has garnered me local and international media coverage and praise.

This encompasses over 2200 pieces!

My second is a seven year event-specific paper ephemera and autograph collecting effort few people still know about, and which I'll be sharing for the very first time with the world online on

The best way I have been able to describe it is as follows:

From September 11, 2001 through September 2008...

*   While both working as an event video crew member, AV tech, and attending on my own over 250 New York City area newsworthy 9/11 Aftermath issue-related occasions...

*   Public and private lectures, panel discussions, interviews, meetings, dinners, press and other conferences, book and other talks, protests, exhibits, and more...

*   Occasions which addressed grief, international terrorism, security, recovery, rebuilding, war, the anthrax attacks, burn victim recovery, media coverage, foreign policy, search for WMDs, the Iraq War, protest, Ground Zero worker health, 9/11 Anniversaries, the Patriot Act, the 2004 Republican National Convention here, Abu Ghraib, military deaths, WTC documentation, the Freedom Tower, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, torture, war reporting, Iraq occupation costs, and more...

*   Events sponsored by: the New York Times, The White House, Foreign Policy Association, U.S. Department of Interior, Council On Foreign Relations, Nation Institute, FAIR, Carnegie Council, Not in Our Name, Quaker Arts, New Yorkers Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Brooklyn Parents For Peace, The September Eleventh Fund, United For Peace & Justice, Peaceful Tomorrows, CODE PINK, New York Public Library, Archdiocese of New York, United Nations, Center for Economic and Social Rights, New Yorker, 92nd Street Y, Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Riverside Church and Community Church of New York, various schools at PACE, New School, Hofstra, Columbia and New York Universities and John Jay, Barnard, Hunter, Sarah Lawrence, Baruch and other colleges, Barnes & Noble, Coliseum and other bookstores, the Manhattan Institute,, the Women's National Republican Club, National Center For Disaster Preparedness, Media Law Research Center, Overseas Press Club, Iraq Veterans Against War, National Military Family Association, and others...

*   Some of which were videotaped for replay on C-SPAN, some not, many historic...
I collected as much event ephemera as I could, and tried to secure the signatures of as many participants as possible.

Today, it encompasses over 3000 pieces of event ephemera and over 530 individual and group signatures.

You can check out the rest of what Michael has to say and view his collections online @ today!

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