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Kenneth John Bissett Family Collection

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


Creator: Bissett, Kenneth John
Title: Kenneth John Bissett Family Collection
Dates: 1967, 1999-2014
Size: 4 boxes, 6 linear feet
Abstract: The Kenneth John Bissett Family Collection contains 8 series: Audiovisual, Artwork, Clippings, Correspondence, Memorabilia, Photographs, Printed Material, and Writings.
Language: English
Repository: Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010


Kenneth John Bissett

Kenneth John Bissett, born December 19, 1967, was a Cornell University junior studying with Syracuse University's DIPA program. He was concerned about terrorism and turned the subject into his advertising project in London. Ken had hoped to become a writer, and while he had been enrolled in the engineering program, he transferred to communications. Ken, an only child, was survived by his parents, John and Florence Bissett of Hartsdale, New York.

This collection was donated by his parents John and Florence Bissett in 1990. In 2003, after their deaths, the four framed prints were donated by his cousin Raymond Zaccardi.

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Scope and Content Note

The Kenneth John Bissett Family Collection contains 8 series: Audiovisual, Artwork, Clippings, Correspondence, Framed Prints, Memorabilia, Photographs, Printed Material, and Writings.

Audiovisual: consists of the recording of the memorial service held in Ken's honor at Cornell University on February 1, 1989; a DVD of "Recollections from Cornell" featuring a roommate and a neighbor of Ken's; and a DVD of "My Lost Son," a documentary about Ken's birth mother - Carol King Eckersley.

Artwork: is a diverse collection of Ken's drawings, original comic books, paintings and sketches. The majority of the material consists of superhero character sketches, both original and of his favorite Marvel heroes, as well as drafts and final versions of his own comic books and story lines.

Clippings: is made up of two files. The first contains clippings reporting on the National Merit Scholars, an award Ken received. The second file is dedicated to articles relating to the Pan Am Flight 103 disaster.

Correspondence: contains personal cards and letters written by and to Ken as well as sympathy cards and letters to Ken's parents, John and Florence Bissett. The series also consists of correspondence regarding Ken's study abroad.

Memorabilia: consists of graduation tassels, ribbons, a varsity letter patch, and a paper graduation decoration.

Photographs: albums and loose photographs from Ken's infancy to college years are found here. Also included are photographs of memorials in Lockerbie, Scotland.

Printed Material: is a diverse series consisting of awards, certificate, diplomas and programs, as well as material from memorials and services.

Writings: offers extensive insight into Ken's passion for writing. From as early as elementary school through his high school and college years, it was obvious he had a creative talent.

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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 Kenneth John Bissett Family Collection. Related collections include:

On Eagle's Wings Collection

Syracuse University: Individuals Collection

Syracuse University: Remembrance Quilt Collection

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Selected Search Terms


Bissett, Kenneth.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


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).

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Kenneth John Bissett Family Collection,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The majority of the Kenneth John Bissett Family Collection was donated by his parents, John and Florence Bissett, in 1990. The four framed works were donated by Ken's cousin, Raymond Zaccardi, in 2003. The copy of "My Lost Son" was donated to the Archives by director Susie Taylor, and the DVD of "Recollections from Cornell" was donated by Brian O. Earle. Both donations were made in 2014.

Processing Information

The Kenneth John Bissett Family Collection is processed.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Diana Chavez
Date: 2013
Revision history: Mar 2105 - Stylistic changes (VSOM); Jun 2016 - New accessions integrated, Scope and Content updated (VSOM)

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The Kenneth John Bissett Family Collection is arranged alphabetically by series and within each series.

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Box 1 Memorial Service, Cornell University F/V 2650 February 1, 1989 CD
Box 1 "My Lost Son" (BBC) August 2014 DVD
Box 1 "Recollections from Cornell" 1999 DVD
Box 1 Character Sketches 1979, 1980, 1984, undated
Box 4 Character Sketches - Oversized 1979, 1981, undated
Box 1 Comic Books March, 1979 - May 1979, 1981, undated
PDF "Star Knight" Comic Book, March 1979
Box 4 Framed Works undated
PDF "Tokyo Has Fallen", undated
PDF "Bowing Down", 1987
Box 1 Loose Comics March 1979, 1980, undated
PDF "Utonic Man," comic book cover, c. 1980
Box 3 Model Car, Cub Scout Den 4 Pine Wood Derby undated
Box 1 Self Portraits 1973, undated
Box 4 Self Portraits undated Oversize
Box 1 Vehicle Sketches 1976, undated
PDF "Armageddon," drawing of fighter jets, c. 1979
Box 1 Merit Scholars Award undated
Box 1 Pan Am Flight 103 Disaster January 1989, 2006, undated
PDF Obituary from The Student Voice, November 2003
Box 1 Administrative June 14, 1985, November 30, 1988, undated
Box 1 Marvel Comics, undated
PDF Letter to Marvel Comics, undated
Box 1 Personal Correspondence of Ken Bissett June 14, 1981-November 17, 1988, undated
Box 1 Sympathy Cards and Letters December, 1988, January, 1990, undated
PDF Letter from Florence Bissett to Mrs. Nucci, May 12, 1989
Box 1 Graduation Paper Decoration, undated
Box 1 Graduation Tassel 1981
Box 1 Middle School Graduation Ribbon 1981
Box 1 Varsity Letter Patch 1985
Box 3 Album c. 1967-1988
Box 2 Baby c. 1967-1968
Image Baby photo, 1968
Image Newborn photo, 1968
Box 2 Childhood June, 1973, November, 1978, undated
Image Ken Bissett on a ride in Hershey, Pennsylvania, c. 1970
Box 2 High School and College 1981-1982 1985 January, 1988, undated
Image  Ken Bissett, December 19, 1988
Image  Ken Bissett in the UK, 1988
Image  Ken Bissett posing with gargoyle statue, 1988
Box 2 Memorials in Lockerbie, undated
Box 2 Posters undated
Box 2 School Projects undated
Printed Material
Box 2 Awards and Certificates March 24, 1977-June 3, 1985
Box 2 Diplomas June 7, 1973-June 12, 1981
Kindergarten, Creative Country Day School June 7, 1973
Elementary School June 12, 1981
Elementary School, Transfiguration School June, 1981
High School, Iona Preparatory School June 1, 1985
Box 2 Disneyworld c. May 28, 1987
Box 2 Letterhead 1984
Box 2 Membership Cards, undated
Box 2 Memorials c. 1989
Box 2 Memorial Services January, 1989-June, 1990, undated
PDF Program for Memorial Service at Sacred Heart Church, December 28, 1988
PDF "The Day of the Longest Night" Memorial Service, December 21, 1989
Box 2 Programs May, 1981, June 1, 1985, undated
Box 2 College April 26, 1988, December 15, 1988,
Box 2 Elementary School December 27, 1978, March 15, 1979,
Box 2 High School March 7, 1984
Box 2 Publications November, 1987-January 1988,
Box 2 Vanston Monthly Herald 1978
Box 2 School Writings, undated
It Takes all Kinds, undated
Sid Mesibov, undated
Historical Turkey (1800-1975), undated

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