A general list of items to be selected was determined by curatorial discussion prior to the trip. Items were to be selected that represented the time and date of the attack, such as hand cancellation stamps of various markings. Additional items that represented the role of the Church Street Post Office in its community would be sought, with specific attention to be paid to sorting units. On October 4, 2001, National Postal Museum curatorial staff member Jeffrey Brodie, accompanied by U.S. postal inspectors, went to the Church Street station to identify and secure objects for the National Postal Museum collection.
Among the items that were eventually brought into the National Postal Museum collection were: