Collection inventory

Stephen John Boland Family Papers

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


Finding aid created by: Cara A. Howe
Date: 2014

Revision history:
Mar 2015 Stylistic changes (VSOM)

Summary

Creator: Boland, Stephen John
Title: Stephen John Boland Family Papers
Dates: 1986-2007
Size: 2 linear feet, 3 boxes
Abstract: The Stephen John Boland Family Papers contain Clippings, Correspondence, Photographs, Printed Materials, Scrapbooks, Subject Files and Writings. The Scrapbooks pertain to the life of Stephen Boland while the rest of the series deal mainly with the aftermath of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
Language: English
Repository: Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biography

Boland, Stephen

Stephen (Steve) John Boland was one of the 35 Syracuse University students returning from a semester abroad in London. He was returning home to New Hampshire where he had graduated from Bishop Guertin High School in 1986. Steve was the recipient of the All-Guertin Award for the student who exemplifies the academic, athletic and spiritual ideals of the school. He was enrolled in the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications as an advertising major at Syracuse University and was a brother of Delta Tau Delta. Steve, born September 28, 1968, was survived by his parents, John and Jane, his sister Kelly, his paternal grandfather, and his friend Pamela Seager. His parents remembered him as "God's personal envoy of peace and brotherhood." His fraternity brother's remembered, "...his love of the Beatles...Few people who met him weren't attracted to his love of life, something which was an inspiration to us all."


Scope and Content Note

The Stephen John Boland Family Papers contain Clippings, Correspondence, Photographs, Printed Materials, Scrapbooks, Subject Files and Writings. The Scrapbooks pertain to the life of Stephen Boland while the rest of the series deal mainly with the aftermath of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

The Clippings series contains only 1 folder that spans 1988-2001. It covers most aspects of the Pan Am 103 tragedy, investigation and the trial at Camp van Zeist in the Netherlands.

The Correspondence series includes letters from former President George H.W. Bush, condolence letters sent to the Boland family, and correspondence from Syracuse University among others.

The Photographs series contains mainly photographs taken of the memorials in Lockerbie, Scotland.

The Printed Materials series contains programs from memorial events held at Bishop Guertin High School and at the Catholic Community of the Resurrection Church.

The Scrapbooks series contains three items. The first scrapbook contains mainly articles, poems and remembrances of Steve; the second contains photographs of Steve and the Boland family as well as letters; and the third, which is oversize, contains photographs, articles, a death certificate for Steve, information on the location of his body as well as some correspondence and memorial information. These are the best materials for information on Steve himself.

The Subject Files series contains a variety of information, the most important of which is information regarding the return of personal effects to the family by Scottish Police and the information on scholarships established in Steve's memory.

The Writings series contains only one item, a poem, dedicated to Steve by his friend Michael Wade and titled "The Darkest Day".


Alternative Formats

Selected materials from this collection have been digitized. Please contact the archivist for further information on accessing the materials.


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.


Related Material

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Stephen John Boland Family Papers. Related collections include:

On Eagle's Wings Collection

Matthew Cox Papers

Syracuse University: Individuals Collection

Syracuse University: London 1988 Image Collection

Syracuse University: Remembrance Quilt Collection


Selected Search Terms

Names

Boland family.
Boland, Stephen John.
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).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Stephen John Boland Family Papers,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The Stephen John Boland Family Papers were donated by John and Jane Boland. An article was contributed by Amy Tucker, Steve's friend.

Processing Information

The Stephen John Boland Family Papers are processed. When possible, scrapbooks have been removed from non-archival pages and placed in acid free folders.


Arrangement

The Stephen John Boland Family Papers are arranged alphabetically by and within each series.


Table of Contents

Clippings

Correspondence

Photographs

Printed Materials

Scrapbooks

Subject Files

Writings


Inventory

Clippings
Box 1 1988-2001
Correspondence
Box 1 Arlington Memorial Cairn 1995
Box 1 Bishop Guertin High School 1989
Box 1 Boyd, Colin D. (Lord Advocate for Scotland) 2000
Box 1 Bush, George H.W. (former U.S. President) 1989
PDF Letter from President George H.W. Bush - c. April 3, 1989
PDF Letter from President George H.W. Bush - February 26, 1991
Box 1 Condolence Letters 1988-1989
Box 1 Cummock, Victoria 1989
Box 1 Letters to Legislators 1989
Box 1 Owens, Stephanie (roommate of Miriam Wolfe) 1990
Box 1 President's Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism (PCAST) 1990
Box 1 Remembrance Scholars 1991-1992
Box 1 Smith, Bruce M. 1989
Box 1 Syracuse University 1989-1999
Image Remembrance Quilt - Stephen Boland Panel (attached to letter from Judy O'Rourke)
Box 1 SU Student Families January 1989
Box 1 Turman, Kathryn M. (Director, US Office for Victims of Crime) 2000
Box 1 Wilkenfeld, Adam 1998
Photographs
Box 2 Boland, Kelly graduation photo undated
Box 2 Lockerbie Memorials undated
Image Memorial Service at Garden of Remembrance in Lockerbie, Scotland - c. 1989
Image Bothy Room at Tundergarth Church - undated
Image Stephen Boland's memorial book page, Bothy Room at Tundergarth Church - undated
Image Jane Boland at Lockerbie Memorial Wall - undated
Image Jane Boland at Lockerbie Memorial Wall - undated
Image Stephen Boland's name on the Lockerbie Memorial Wall - undated
Image Flowers in front of the Lockerbie Memorial Wall - undated
Image Rosebank Crescent Memorial in Lockerbie, Scotland - undated
Image Rosebank Crescent Memorial in Lockerbie, Scotland - undated
Image Memorial Wall in Lockerbie, Scotland - undated
Image Garden of Remembrance in Lockerbie, Scotland - undated
Image Path to the Garden of Remembrance in Lockerbie, Scotland - undated
Image Plaque at Rosebank Crescent Memorial in Lockerbie, Scotland - undated
Image Plaque and Memory Book in Bothy Room at Tundergarth Church - undated
Image Sherwood Crescent in Lockerbie, Scotland - undated
Image Sherwood Crescent in Lockerbie, Scotland - undated
Image Sherwood Crescent in Lockerbie, Scotland - undated
Box 2 Lockerbie Scholars c. 1990
Box 2 Memorials undated
Image Stephen Boland's headstone
Box 2 Protests undated
Image Pan Am 103 the Truth Must Be Known protest with Pam Seeger (girlfriend) and Kelly Boland (sister)
Printed Materials
Box 2 Church Bulletins 1989-1992
Box 2 Programs 1989-1998
Scrapbooks
Box 2 Articles, poems, remembrances 1986-1996
PDF "Fire and Rain" by Kelly Boland (Steve's sister) age 17 - November 30, 1989
PDF "Memories" by Amy Burchyn
PDF Mid Semester Exam Modern Advertising Problems, Stephen Boland and John Leisching - November 9, 1988
Box 2 Photographs and letters 1988-2007
Image Dark Elegy Statue of Jane Boland - undated
Image Family Picture - c. 1981
Image Jane Boland with Dark Elegy Statue - undated
PDF Letter to Jeff - c. December 1988
Box 3 Photographs, articles, death certificate, location of body, correspondence, memorials (OVERSIZE) 1968-1998
Image Beatles Collage
Image Stephen Boland in bucket hat - undated
Image Stephen and Kelly Boland - Christmas 1980
Image Stephen Boland with parents John and Jane - Parent's Weekend 1987
Image Field near Lockerbie, Scotland where Steve's body was found - undated
Image Steve and his girlfriend Pam Seager at a fraternity dance - undated
PDF Death Certificate - 1989
PDF Letter from Thomas G. Plaskett to John and Jane Boland - February 20, 1989
Subject Files
Box 2 Department of State response 1989
Box 2 "For Whom the Bells Toll" flyer undated
Box 2 Pan Am 103 Fact Sheet: Questions & Answers undated
Box 2 Personal Effects 1989
Box 2 Report of Death of an American Citizen Abroad 1989-1990
Box 2 Rubbing of "Stephen John Boland" from the Lockerbie Memorial wall undated
Box 2 Scholarships 1989
Box 2 Tucker, Amy (friend) 1990
Writings
Box 2 "The Darkest Day" by Michael Wade c. December 21, 1993