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Brian Murtagh Papers

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

Summary

Creator: Murtagh, Brian
Title: Brian Murtagh Papers
Dates: 1991-2015; undated
Size: 9 folders, 1 rolled item; 3.25 linear feet
Abstract: The Brian Murtagh Papers contain incoming correspondence, a photocopied Washington Post Magazine cover featuring Murtagh, photographs from a 2015 trip to Lockerbie and Dumfries, and the remarks delivered by Murtagh at the 2014 memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.
Language: English
Repository: Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
http://archives.syr.edu/panam/

Biography

Brian Murtagh was a United States Department of Justice attorney who assisted in drafting the indictments for Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah in 1991 and was present, with the prosecution, for the trial that took place at Kamp van Zeist in the Netherlands from 2000-2001. Murtagh retired from the Department of Justice in 2011.

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Scope and Content Note

The Brian Murtagh Papers comprise four series: Correspondence, Memorabilia, Photographs, Printed Material, and Speeches and Presentations. The Correspondence series consists primarily of letters sent to Murtagh upon his retirement from the Department of Justice in 2011 by various family members of victims of the bombing of Pan Am 103, members of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. group, and former colleagues. Memorabilia contains various identification cards issued to Murtagh, as well as a business card for Edwin Bollier of Mebo Ltd. Telecommunication. The timer used in the bomb that destroyed Pan Am 103 was traced to the Mebo company. The Printed Material series contains a copy of the December 9, 2012 cover of Washington Post Magazine featuring Murtagh. The Photographs series contains photographs taken by Murtagh during a 2015 trip to Lockerbie and Dumfries. Pictured are former members of the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, and images of various memorials in the Lockerbie Remembrance Garden. Also included in this series are photographs from Murtagh's retirement celebration, and several photographs from Kamp van Zeist during the trial. Finally, the Speeches and Presentations series contains the text of Murtagh's remarks delivered at the 2014 memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery, and the presentation "Pan Am 103: From Lockerbie to Kamp van Zeist" that Murtagh delivered to the Syracuse University Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars in October of 2015.

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Alternative Formats

Selected items from this collection are also available as digital files. Please contact the archivist for further information on accessing the materials.

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Restrictions

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.

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Related Material

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Brian Murtagh Papers. Related collections include:

Pan Am Flight 103 Publications Collection:

Court Cases

Police Scotland Collection

Tom Gordon Papers

Tom McCulloch Papers

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Selected Search Terms

Names

Murtagh, Brian.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.

Subjects

Lockerbie, Scotland, Crash of Pan Am Flight 103, 1988.
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).
Zeist (Netherlands).

Types of material

Correspondence.
Photographs.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Brian Murtagh Papers,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The Brian Murtagh Papers were donated by Brian Murtagh in 2012 and 2015. Dumfries and Lockerbie photographs in the Photographs series were deposited digitally in 2015.

Processing Information

The Brian Murtagh Papers are fully processed.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Vanessa L. St.Oegger-Menn
Date: February 2015
Revision history: June 2015 - Photographs series added, general updates to extent and date ranges (VSOM); Nov 2015 - Memorabilia series added, general updates to extent and date ranges (VSOM); Jun 2016 - New Accessions integrated, Scope and Content and extent updated (VSOM)

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Arrangement

Items are arranged chronologically within each series.

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Inventory

Correspondence
Box Other SC 1, Folder 1 Correspondence - Incoming 2001-2011; Undated
Box Other SC 1, Folder 2 Correspondence - Outgoing 2011
Memorabilia
Box Other SC 1, Folder 3 Identification and Business Cards 1991-2013; Undated
Photographs
Box Other SC 1, Folder 4 Brian Murtagh's Retirement Celebration 2011
Box Other SC 1, Folder 5 Dumfries and Lockerbie 2015
Image Easterbrook Hall - Site of Lockerbie Fatal Accident Inquiry
Image Easterbrook Hall auditorium - Site of Lockerbie Fatal Accident Inquiry
Image Photograph of former Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary officers. L to R: Mike Leslie; Mickey Dalgleish; Brian Murtagh; Tom McCulloch; Tom Gordon.
Image Photograph of Tom Gordon and Brian Murtagh.
Image Photograph of Brian Murtagh and wife at Remembrance Garden in Lockerbie, Scotland.
Image Photograph of Brian Murtagh and Tom McCulloch at Remembrance Garden in Lockerbie, Scotland.
Image Photograph of Brian Murtagh at Remembrance Garden in Lockerbie, Scotland.
Image Photograph of Brian Murtagh in front of wall with memorial plaques at Remembrance Garden in Lockerbie, Scotland.
Image Photograph of Brian Murtagh in front of memorial to Pan Am 103 victims. Remembrance Garden, Lockerbie, Scotland.
Image Photograph of Brian Murtagh with hand on engraved names of Pan Am 103 victims. Remembrance Garden, Lockerbie, Scotland.
Box Other SC 1, Folder 6 Kamp van Zeist 2000-2001
Printed Material
Box Other SC 1, Folder 7 Washington Post Magazine Cover December 9, 2012
Speeches and Presentations
Box Other SC 1, Folder 8 Memorial Service Remarks - Arlington National Cemetery December 21, 2014
Box Other SC 1, Folder 9 "Pan Am 103: From Lockerbie to Kamp van Zeist" October 30, 2015
Oversize Various Collections Tube 1 Presentation Poster - CIA's Role in the Pan Am 103 Trial May 9, 2001

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