Collection inventory

Eric and Jason Coker Collection

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


Finding aid created by: Anna Smallwood & Vanessa L. St.Oegger-Menn
Date: March 2015

Revision history:
June 2015 Inventory Added (AS)
Dec 2015 Collection rehoused, inventory updated (VSOM)

Summary

Creator: Coker family.
Title: Eric and Jason Coker Collection
Dates: 1978-1998; Undated
Size: 3 boxes; 1.5 linear feet
Abstract: The Eric and Jason Coker Collection contains clippings, correspondence, photographs, and other materials related to Eric and Jason Coker, twin brothers studying abroad through Syracuse University's Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA) and killed in 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

Photograph of Eric and Jason Coker

Eric and Jason Coker, twin brothers from Mendham, New Jersey, were born on April 23, 1968. They were traveling home from London after completing a semester abroad with Syracuse University's Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA) when they were killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.


Eric was a junior majoring in economics at the University of Rochester. He was a member of the Newman Club, the Meridian Club, and the Economics Council Organization. Eric also helped plan many university ski trips.


Jason was a junior at the Newhouse School of Syracuse University, majoring in communications. Jason was a member of the Daily Orange staff and was co-founder of World Watch, an international current affairs club.


Eric and Jason were survived by their parents, Thomas Coker and Barbara Primeau; their stepmother, Dorothy Coker; their stepbrothers, Bruce, Scott and Brian Norwell; their sister, Julie Norwell; and their half-brothers, Tom and Scott Bauer.


Scope and Content Note

The Eric and Jason Coker Collection contains clippings, correspondence, photographs, and other materials related to Eric and Jason Coker, twin brothers studying abroad through Syracuse University's Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA) and killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. This collection is separated into nine series. The Clippings series contains newspaper articles regarding the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 as well as clippings about the people whose lives were lost. Correspondence contains the letters and notes from Eric and Jason, as well as their mother Barbara Primeau. The Eric and Jason Coker series contains photographs the twins took, and their written works from college and high school. The Funeral for Eric and Jason Coker series contains materials surrounding their funeral. Mass Cards contains all of the Mass cards given in memory of Eric and Jason Coker. Memorials includes any memorial that was placed or held in memory of Eric and Jason Coker, or in memory of the Pam Am Flight 103. Victims Groups series contains information from the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc., and trial information. The Lauren O'Donnell Donation contains photographs from the fall of 1988, some of which include Eric and Jason Coker. The Michael Toole Donation includes photographs, clippings, correspondence and other materials related to Eric and Jason Coker.


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 Eric and Jason Coker Collection. Related collections include:

On Eagles' Wings Collection

Syracuse University: Individuals Collection

Syracuse University: Malcolm Ingram Papers

Syracuse University: Remembrance Quilt Collection


Selected Search Terms

Names

Coker, Eric.
Coker, Jason.
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).

Types of Material

Clippings files.
Correspondence.
Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Eric and Jason Coker Collection,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Materials in the Eric and Jason Coker Collection were donated by Barbara Primeau, Mike Toole, and Lauren O'Donnell between 2007 and 2013.

Processing Information

This collection has been fully processed and placed in archival boxes and folders in alphabetical order by folder title.


Arrangement

This collection was divided into series and placed in alphabetical order. Donations by Michael Toole and Lauren O'Donnell were placed after those from Barbara Primeau.


Table of Contents

Clippings

Correspondence

Eric and Jason Coker

Funeral for Eric and Jason Coker

Mass Cards

Memorials

Victims' Group

Lauren O'Donnell Donation

Michael Toole Donation


Inventory

Clippings
Box 1 Articles on Death and Grief undated
Box 1 December 1988
Box 1 January 1989
Box 1 February and March 1989
Box 1 April-November 1989
Box 1 1990, 1993
Box 1 April-July 1992
Box 1 August-October 1992
Box 1 December 1998
Box 1 undated
Correspondence
Box 1 Barbara Primeau 1989-1993
Box 1 Eric and Jason Coker 1984-1988, undated
Box 1 Sympathy Cards 1988-1989
Box 1 Thank You Note Inserts undated
Eric and Jason Coker
Box 1 Video of Mark Tobin and Jason Coker, London Center F/V 2450 1988
Box 1 Commencement Speech by Gary Trudeau, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1986
Box 1 Photographs-Europe 1988
Box 1 Writings 1978-1986, undated
Funeral for Eric and Jason Coker
Box 1 Grave Stone undated
Box 2 Guest Book 1989
Box 2 Music 1989
Mass Cards
Box 2 Franciscan Mission 1989
Box 2 Marian Helpers 1 1989
Box 2 Marian Helpers 2 1989
Box 2 Other 1989
Box 2 Sacred Heart 1989
Box 2 SMA Fathers, Augustinians, St. Paul of the Cross 1989
Box 3 St. Joseph, Blue Army 1989
Memorials
Box 3 Eric and Jason Coker Memorial Scholarship Award 1991-1996
Box 3 Memorial Cairn, Arlington Cemetery 1995
Box 3 Other 1989-1990, undated
Box 3 Place of Remembrance, Syracuse University 1990
Box 3 University of Rochester 1990-1991
Victims' Group
Box 3 Pam Am Flight 103 Newsletter and Correspondence 1989-2000
Box 3 Pan Am Trial Transcript and Reports 1989-1992
Lauren O'Donnell Donation
Box 3 Photographs Fall 1988
Michael Toole Donation
Box 3 Clippings 1988-1989
Box 3 Audiovisual- Pink Floyd Cassette Tape 1987
Box 3 Correspondence Between Jason Coker and Michael Toole 1986-1988
Box 3 Photographs- Eric and Jason Coker 1986-1989
Box 3 Photographs- Lockerbie 1990
Box 3 Photographs- Place of Remembrance 1990
Box 3 Printed Materials 1988-1989
Box 3 Printed Materials- Map of Body Locations 1990