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Gretchen Joyce Dater Family Collection

A description of the collection at the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University

Summary

Creator: Dater, Gretchen Joyce.
Title: Gretchen Joyce Dater Family Collection
Dates: 1988-2009
Size: 22 boxes, 1 tube; 19 linear feet
Abstract: The Gretchen Joyce Dater Family Collection contain clippings, memorabilia, correspondence, and various subject files related to Gretchen Joyce Dater, one of the 35 students killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 while returning from studying abroad through Syracuse University's Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA), as well as materials related to the aftermath of the bombing such as the trial, and the Arlington Memorial Cairn.
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

Photograph of Gretchen Joyce Dater

Gretchen Joyce Dater, born May 17, 1968, was a junior at the Maryland Institute of Art working toward her degree in fine arts. She was studying in London through Syracuse University's Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA). She hoped to study art education in graduate school, and wanted to teach art at the elementary-school level. Gretchen lived in Ramsey, New Jersey with her parents, Tom and Joan, and her brother, Christopher.


An acrylic painting, signed by Gretchen, was found among the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland. The painting, which Gretchen was never able to finish, has since been restored and framed; it shows a sky scene of London. Her mother has title it "Unfinished Business," and it has been the focal point of several art exhibitions.

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Scope and Content Note

The Gretchen Joyce Dater Family Collection contain clippings, memorabilia, correspondence, and various subject files related to Gretchen Joyce Dater, one of the 35 students killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 while returning from studying abroad through Syracuse University's Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA), as well as materials related to the aftermath of the bombing such as the trial, and the Arlington Memorial Cairn.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This is an unprocessed, or partially processed collection. Please contact the archivist for further information on accessing these materials.

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 Gretchen Joyce Dater Family Collection. Related collections include:

On Eagles' Wings Collection

Syracuse University: Individuals Collection

Syracuse University: Remembrance Quilt Collection

Tom Foster Papers

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Selected Search Terms

Names

Dater, Gretchen Joyce
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.
Memorabilia.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Gretchen Joyce Dater Family Collection,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The Gretchen Joyce Dater Family Collection were donated by Tom and Joan Dater between 2004 and 2013.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Vanessa L. St.Oegger-Menn
Date: March 2015
Revision history:

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Arrangement

This collection remains in its original order.

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Inventory

An Inventory has not yet been created for this collection.


Please contact the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives for more information.

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