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Negative #: 2002-5968.1


Location: World Trade Center
Object #: 2002.0054
Source: Gift of James S. Connor


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Ironworker's tools
Description: This tool belt with tools, hard hat, face shield, respirator, cutting torch, leathers, boots, gloves, and two debris buckets belonged to ironworker Jim Connor.

Context: The collapse of the World Trade Center led to an outpouring of help from skilled construction workers. Jim Connor, an ironworker from New York’s Local 40 Ironworkers Union, had been working on the Williamsburg Bridge renovation when the attack occurred. He participated in the search-and-rescue effort and helped clear debris from the World Trade Center site from September 12 to January 2002. The mental stress of this work took a significant toll on many of these dedicated workers.

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Welding tools
Jim Connor used this cutting head and hose, striker, and mask during his work at the World Trade Center site.
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Debris-clearing buckets
These buckets were used to clear debris by hand during the early stages of clean-up at the World Trade Center site. They are still caked with dust from the wreckage.
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Cleanup site
Dwarfed by the site behind him, an ironworker takes a break from cutting and clearing metal from the collapse of the World Trade Center.
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Respirator
Respirator worn by Jim Connor while clearing debris from the collapse of the World Trade Center.
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Jacket
Protective “leathers” worn by Jim Connor while cutting steel debris from the collapse of the World Trade Center.
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Ironworker Jim Connor

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