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Pan Am 103 Memorials Collection

An inventory of the collection at the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: Cara A. Howe
Date: 2012

Historical Note

SU Memorial Service in the Dome January 18, 1989

A memorial vigil was held in Hendrick's Chapel on Syracuse University's main campus immediately following the announcement that 35 SU students were killed onboard Pan Am 103. Memorial vigils like this and other, larger commemorative events, have been held at various times since the bombing on December 21, 1988. Individual schools and colleges that lost students have also sponsored memorial events.

Many communities around the country and the world have held memorial services in remembrance of the victims of Pan Am 103. The village of Lockerbie has ceremonies annually and the Victims of Pan Am 103, Inc. plans a memorial service at the Arlington Memorial Cairn site in Arlington National cemetery every year on the anniversary of the bombing. These are only two of the many commemorative events that have been held in honor of Pan Am 103.

Scope and Content Note

The Pan Am 103 Memorials Collection has been divided into two subject based series: Syracuse University Memorials and Other Memorials. These materials relate to various memorial services held in commemoration of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, either on SU's campus and sponsored by the university or held off-campus and sponsored by an independent organization or community. This division does not preclude the involvement of SU in outside services or the presence of those not associated directly with SU at SU sponsored events.

Not every memorial service planned for Pan Am 103 is represented in this collection. Only events that SU has attended or been involved with would be featured and to this end, only those that produced some sort of paper record are documented here.

Materials on SU's 10th, 15th and 20th Anniversary commemorations may be found in The Syracuse University Collection: Anniversaries Collection at the Archives. Materials relating to commemorations in the village of Lockerbie may be found in The Lockerbie Collection of the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives, while information relating to the annual service at Arlington National Cemetery are found in the Victims of Pan Am 103, Inc. Collection under Groups and Organizations.


Access Restrictions:

There are no access restrictions for this collection.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Pan Am 103 Memorials Collection. Related collections include:

Lockerbie Collection

Syracuse University Collections

Victim and Family Collections

Selected Search Terms


Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Incident, 1988.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- Case Studies.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- History.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States.
Terrorism -- History -- 20th Century.
Lockerbie (Scotland)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Pan Am 103 Memorials Collection,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The materials in the Pan Am 103 Memorials Collection were donated by the Office of Undergraduate Studies at Syracuse University.

Processing Information

The Pan Am 103 Memorials Collection has been processed.


The Pan Am 103 Memorials Collection has been arranged alphabetically within each series.

Table of Contents

Syracuse University Memorials

Other Memorials