Finding aid created by: Vanessa L. St.Oegger-Menn, Tim Carter, and Jenna
Date: March 2015
|2016||inventory added (THC)|
|2016||Errors corrected, finding aid updated, rehoused and consolidated materials (JNB)|
|Creator:||Philipps, Sarah Susannah Buchanan.|
|Title:||Sarah Susannah Buchanan Philipps Family Collection|
|Size:||22 boxes, 2 oversized boxes (14.4 linear feet)|
|Abstract:||The Sarah Susannah Buchanan Philipps Family Collection contains materials related to Sarah Philipps, one of the 35 students killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 while studying abroad through Syracuse University's Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA). Collection materials include photographs, journals, scrapbooks, and correspondence, as well as items related to Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. (VPAF 103, Inc.) and memorials of Sarah.|
|Repository:||Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Sarah Susannah Buchanan Philipps was a junior at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She had joined Syracuse University’s Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA) so that she could take a semester in London. She was survived by her brothers, James (Fritz) and Andrew, and her parents Elizabeth and Ervin.
Sarah was born on August 15th, 1968, in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Newton. She attended Claflin School in Newtonville, F. A. Day Middle School, and graduated from Newton North High School in 1986. Sarah is remembered by her friends and family as being vivacious, creative, and kind. She excelled at field hockey, track, and skiing, was fond of poetry and theater, and spent her summers at Camp Hochelaga, an outdoor all-girls camp in South Hero, Vermont. Her many photographs and letters from friends that she kept are testimonies to the sensitivity and love that she had for others in her life.
An English major at University of Colorado, Sarah aspired to be either a publisher or lawyer. During her semester abroad, Sarah went to fifteen plays and traveled to Scotland and Ireland with friends. Although she seemed to enjoy her time abroad, her journals and letters reveal that she was eager to return home.
Sarah is among the victims of the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster tragedy buried in Lockerbie at the Dryfesdale Garden of Remembrance in the portion of the cemetery purchased by Pan Am.
After Sarah’s death, Elizabeth and Ervin joined with other families of victims to create the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. (VPAF 103, Inc.), an organization devoted to ensuring similar acts of terrorism could never happen again. Between 1992 and 1993, Elizabeth served as president and chair of VPAF 103, Inc. and communicated frequently with dozens of U.S. senators and representatives. Elizabeth wrote a number of short pieces about her daughter, one of which, “Elegy for Sarah,” was published by The Boston Globe.
The Sarah Susannah Buchanan Philipps Family Collection contains information and materials related to Sarah Philipps, one of 35 students killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 while studying abroad through Syracuse University's Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA). This collection includes series for Clippings, Correspondence, material about Memorials, Personal Belongings, Photographs, Subject Files, and Writings.
Clippings includes articles from newspapers and magazines that the Philipps family collected regarding the Pan Am 103 bombing, Libya, other terrorist attacks, as well as Sarah Philipps, Lockerbie, and memorials.
Correspondence is divided into two subseries. The first includes letters written to and from the Philipps Family . The second includes letters collected and written by Sarah Philipps. Materials are arranged by person or organization when significant, otherwise, they are arranged chronologically.
Memorials contains material related to memorials at Lockerbie, University of Colorado, and Syracuse University, as well as other memorials honoring Sarah Philipps and the victims of the Pan Am 103 bombing.
Personal Belongings is divided into two subseries. The first contains Elizabeth Philipps' journals, as well as her IDs from her visits to Kamp van Zeist, an army base in the Netherlands that served as the location for the trial of the two Libyan suspects. The second series contains materials owned by or related to Sarah Philipps, and includes books and personal effects from her semester abroad, yearbooks and papers from her college and high school years, and drawings and stories from her childhood.
Photographs is made up of photographs taken by or including Sarah Philipps, and photos taken by the Philipps family.
Subject Files includes papers, press releases, and testimonies related to the Pan Am 103 bombing, Lockerbie, and Kamp Zeist trial collected by the Philipps family. The series also includes Sarah Philipp’s vital records.
Writings contains copies of Elizabeth Philipp’s “Elegy for Sarah”, along with letters written to her from students. This series also contains writings by Phil Haigh and Bill Parr, two first responders who worked in Lockerbie retrieving and identifying the remains of victims.
Note: Some materials within this collection contain graphic subject matter.
Some materials in the Sarah Susannah Buchanan Philipps Family Collection are restricted at the donor's request. Folders containing restricted material are noted in the inventory below. Please contact the archivist for further information regarding the access to these materials.
The files relating to Kreindler & Kreindler may be viewed but not cited or reproduced until 2028. 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.
TruthQuest newsletters and other materials related to the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. have been separated, and placed in the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. Collection.
The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Sarah Susannah Buchanan Philipps Family Collection. Related collections include:
On Eagles' Wings Collection
Syracuse University: Individuals Collection
Syracuse University: Remembrance Quilt Collection
Syracuse University: College of Law Collection
Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. Collection
Shannon Davis Family Collection
Alexia Kathryn Tsairis Family Papers
Richard Paul Monetti Family Papers
Philipps, Sarah Susannah Buchanan.
Syracuse University -- History.
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.
Types of Material
Clippings (information artifacts)
Sarah Susannah Buchanan Philipps Family Collection,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
Dr. Ervin and Elizabeth Philipps donated The Sarah Susannah Buchanan Philipps Family Papers between 2011 and 2016; Tom Lyons and Edith Godfrey donated additional materials in 2013.
This collection is fully processed and is housed in acid-free folders and archival boxes. Scrapbook materials have been removed from acidic bindings and placed in folders.
Material in the Clippings section are arranged chronologically, and all other series are arranged alphabetically.
|Box 1||Newspaper about Sarah's first birthday 1969|
|Box 24||Oversize Clippings 1988-2000|
|Box 1||"Remember Sarah Philipps" 1989|
|Box 1||Pan Am 103 Clippings 1989-1999|
|Box 1||Pan Am 103 Clippings 1989-1995|
|Box 1||Syracuse Memorial 1991|
|Box 1||Clinton/Gore Cabinet 1992|
|Box 1||Barringer Institute 1992|
|Box 1||"Elegy for Sarah" 1992|
|Box 1||November 1992|
|Box 1||December 1992|
|Box 1||January 1993|
|Box 1||February 1993|
|Box 1||March 1993|
|Box 1||April 1993|
|Box 1||May 1993|
|Box 1||June 1993|
|Box 1||July 1993|
|Box 1||August 1993|
|Box 1||September 1993|
|Box 2||October 1993|
|Box 2||November 1993|
|Box 2||December and January 1993-1994|
|Box 2||TWA 800 1993-1998|
|Box 2||August and September 1994|
|Box 2||Clinton, Hillary 1994-1995|
|Box 2||Swiss Air 111 1998|
|Box 2||Libya and Lockerbie Trial 1991, 1994, 2000|
|Box 2||Lockerbie - Memorial 2000, 2003, 2005|
|Box 2||Sarah Philipps 1989-2003|
|Elizabeth and Ervin Philipps|
|Box 7||American Consulate General / Dumfries & Galloway 1989-1990, 2001|
|Box 7||Brickner, Balfour 1974, 1989-1990, 1996|
|Box 3-4||1988 (10 folders)|
|Box 5-6||1989 (13 folders)|
|Box 6||1990 (2 folders)|
|Box 4||Rice, John P. 1988|
|Box 7||Fatal Accident Inquiry 1989-1991|
|Freeto, Peterson, and Scoll 1989-2004|
|Box 7||Government Officials and Lockerbie Friendship Group 1989-1990, 1999|
|Box 7||Gregge, Bonnie 1992|
|Box 7||Kamp van Zeist 1999-2001|
|Kreindler & Kreindler|
|RESTRICTED: The files relating to Kreindler & Kreindler may be viewed but not cited or reproduced until 2028.|
|Box 10||Miscellaneous 1989-1990|
|Box 10||Settlement 1995, 2000, 2003|
|Letters about "Elegy for Sarah"|
|Box 7||Lyons, Tom 1988-2005 (2 folders)|
|Box 8||MacTaggart, Bill and Jess 1989, 1992-1998, 2000-2003|
|Box 8||McFadden, Jean 1992-2003|
|Box 11||Pan Am 103 Letters 1989-1996|
|Box 8||Sarah Philipps Scholarship Winners 1995-2005|
|Box 11||Sarah Susannah Buchanan Philipps Estate, etc. 1989-1992|
|Box 11||Sarah Susannah Buchanan Philipps Travel Grant Scholarship at University of Colorado 1998-2003|
|Box 11||Syracuse Correspondence 1989-1995 ( 2 folders)|
|Box 8||United Kingdom, General 1992-2004|
|Box 8||Wilson, June, and Jim 1991-1999|
|Box 11||VPAF 103, Inc. Members 1991-1993, 2000-2001|
|Sarah S. B. Philipps|
|Box 11-12||1986 (3 folders)|
|Box 12||1987 (2 folders)|
|Box 12-13||1988 (3 folders)|
|Box 13||Undated (2 folders)|
|Box 13||Borelli, Noelle 1995, 2010|
|Box 13||Borelli, Noelle 1981-1986|
|Box 13||Borelli, Noelle 1987, undated|
|Box 13||Cray, Anna 1986|
|Box 13||Gaasch, Heidi 1987-1988|
|Box 11||Lyons, Professor Tom 1988|
|Box 13||Needham, Roger and Anne 1969-1987|
|Box 13||Philipps, Ervin 1983-1984|
|Box 14||"Dark Elegy" Sculpture 1992-1996|
|Box 14||Flower from Wendy Giebler 1992|
|Box 14||Memorial Service 1989-1990|
|Box 14||Memorial Service at University of Colorado 1989|
|Box 14||Memorial Service for Sarah Susannah Buchanan Philipps 1988-1989|
|Box 14||Remembrance Convocation Packet with Sketch circa 1990|
|Box 21||Sarah S.B. Philipps Memorial Scrapbook (I) circa 1978-1990 (3 folders)|
|Box 21||Sarah S.B. Philipps Memorial Scrapbook (II) [1969-2003], undated|
|Box 22||Scrapbook 1985-1987 (2 folders)|
|Box 22||Scrapbook 1988|
|Box 21, 23||Scrapbook - "Memories" 1985-1990 (3 folders)|
|RESTRICTED: Please note that some materials in this scrapbook are restricted in accordance with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Syracuse University policy.|
|Box 22||Syracuse Memorial Service Scrapbook 1989|
|Box 14||Tenth Anniversary Service Materials 1998|
|Box 14||YWCA - Sarah Philipps Memorial Cabin 1997-1999|
|Elizabeth and Ervin Philipps|
|Box 15||Elizabeth Philipps' Identification Badges 2000-2002|
|Elizabeth Philipps' Journals|
|Sarah S. B. Philipps|
|Box 15||Books from Carry-on Luggage 1988|
|Box 21||Camp Certifications and Health Record 1968-1975, 1979|
|Box 15||Childhood Artwork circa 1975|
|Box 15||Clan Buchanan 1988|
|Box 15||F. A. Day Junior High Materials 1980-1983|
|Box 20||Hat from Hard Rock Cafe London 1988|
|Box 15||High School Materials 1983-1986|
|Box 15||Journal 1986-1988|
|Box 16||Journals with Memorial Notes from friends 1982-1988|
|Box 16||Newton North High School Diploma 1986|
|Box 20||Newton North High School Varsity Letter 1986|
|Box 16||Passport 1988|
|Box 16||Personal Effects Returned from Lockerbie 1988|
|Box 16||Plane Tickets 1988|
|Box 16||Sarah's School Journals 1978|
|Box 16||Swimming Certificates 1982-1984|
|Box 16||University of Colorado Transcripts 1986, 1988|
|Box 20||Yearbook - Newton North High School 1985|
|Box 20||Yearbook - Newton North High School 1986|
|Box 16||YWCA - Camp Hochelaga 1979-1982, undated|
|Box 16||Amsterdam 1986|
|Box 16||Anna Cray and Sarah Philipps 1987|
|Box 16||Beach Party on Vineyard 1988|
|Box 16||Collage circa 1986|
|Box 16||Family Photographs circa 1986
Photograph of Philipps Family before Sarah left for London, 1988
Photograph of Philipps Family on Ski Vacation
|Box 23||Framed Photograph of Sarah 1985|
|Box 16||Framed Photograph of Sarah at Prom 1986|
|Box 16||Friends and Sarah 1986-1988|
|Box 16||General 1986-1988, undated|
|Box 16||Graduation, Prom, and Start of Euro Trip 1986|
|Box 16||Parties, Clown Outfits circa 1984|
|Box 16||Sarah and Friends circa 1984|
|Box 16||Sarah Skiing with Friends 1984-1988|
|Box 16||Unlabeled circa 1984 (2 folders)|
|Box 16||5 Girls in Kensington 1988-1991|
|Box 16||78 Hull St., Sarah's Friends, Fritz, and M +D 1984|
|Box 17||Pan Am 103 Memorials 1999|
|Box 17||Passport Photos 1988|
|Box 17||Phil Haigh with Dog 1988|
|Box 17||Photographs Developed by Police 1988
Photograph of Sarah Philipps, Suzy Ziegelbaum, and Alexia Tsairis in London, 1988
|Box 17||Photographs Taken by Sarah 1985-1988 (3 folders)|
|Box 17||Prom Photo 1986|
|Box 17||Sarah and Liz Photos - June 1985
Portrait of Sarah Susannah Buchanan Philipps, 1985
Portrait of Sarah Philipps and her mother, Elizabeth Philipps, 1985
|Box 17||Sarah Graduation and Prom 1986|
|Box 17||Sarah's High School Friends 1986|
|Box 17||Sarah's January 1985|
|Box 17||Sarah S.B. Philipps 1986-1988 (2 folders)|
|Box 17||Sarah Philipps' Personal Effects 1988|
|Box 18||Indictment of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah 1991-1993|
|Box 18||Kamp Zeist 1989-1990, 1992, 1999-2000|
|Box 18||Lester Coleman 1993|
|Box 18||Lockerbie Air Disaster Trust 1991-1992|
|Box 18||Map - Location of Bodies 1989|
|Box 18||Testimonies to Senate and House Committees 1989, 1991, 1993|
|Box 18||Vital Records 1988-1989 - Contains graphic subject matter|
|Box 18||Vital Records - Sarah Susannah Buchanan Philipps Final Arrangements 1989-1990|
|Box 18||White House and Senate Press Release / Briefings 1990, 2000, 2002|
|Box 18||Elizabeth Philipps' "Elegy for Sarah" with Letters from Students 1992|
|Box 19||Elizabeth Philipps' Writing 1992-1993|
|Box 19||"Lockerbie - A Rescuer and Victim's Perspective" by Bill Parr 1991|
|Box 19||"Six Days with a Dog, December 1988, Lockerbie," by Phil Haigh 1990|