The April 16 Archive uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the stories and digital record of the Virginia Tech tragedy of April 16, 2007. Virginia Tech's Center for Digital Discourse and Culture (CDDC) launched this project, with assistance from George Mason University's Center for History and New Media (CHNM). Numerous Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff members have assisted with developing and curating the archive.

This project contributes to the ongoing efforts of historians and archivists to preserve the record of this event by collecting first-hand accounts, on-scene images, blog postings, and podcasts. It is our sincere hope that this site can contribute to a collective process of healing, especially as those affected by this tragedy tell their stories in their own words. The April 16 Archive runs on Omeka, a "digital memory bank" platform that uses the Internet to preserve the past and make memories available to a wide audience for generations to come.

Visit our News page for additional information, including press releases, media coverage, and more.


We acknowledge all who have so graciously contributed to and/or otherwise helped out with the April 16 Archive. We offer special thanks to Virginia Tech's College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the many graduate students who collected and posted materials, and the countless other individuals who sent us items or gave us permission to archive their content.

Questions and Comments

If you have questions or comments about this project, please email admin@april16archive.org or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Updated June 3, 2008.