Collection inventory

Shannon Davis Family Collection

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


Finding aid created by: Cara A. Howe
Date: 2012

Revision history:
Mar 2015 Stylistic chagnes (VSOM)
Jun 2016 New accessions integrated (VSOM)

Summary

Creator: Davis, Shannon
Title: Shannon Davis Family Collection
Dates: 1986-2014
Size: 5 boxes, 3 linear feet
Abstract: The Shannon Davis Family Collection contains materials relating to Shannon Davis and her mother, Jane Davis. Jane's materials provide a look at the aftermath of Pan Am 103 and what many of the family members went through following the loss of their loved ones. Her materials include condolence letters, photographs, materials relating to the trial at Camp Zeist, Netherlands and from the U.S. Department of State, among others. Shannon's materials give researchers a glimpse into her life. Her scrapbook, especially, provides a chance to experience Syracuse University as Shannon did. Along with her photographs from trips to Munich and Florence, some of her written work, and other materials found in this collection researchers have the chance to know more about Shannon as she was. Also included in this collection are materials from Phil Haigh, the Scottish rescuer, who, along with his dog Tosh, located Shannon at the crash site.
Language: English
Repository: Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biography

Shannon Davis

Shannon Davis, born February 19, 1969, was a junior in Syracuse University's College for Human Development. Shannon's dream was to operate a day-care center for young children after she graduated. In London, Shannon studied child development and worked at toy libraries, where children could go and play. From Shelton, Connecticut, Shannon was survived by her mother, Jane, as well as a brother, Jim, and a sister, Whitney, also SU graduates. She was predeceased by her father Winston, who died earlier in 1988 in an accident in Saudi Arabia.

From Shannon's mother we know that the words on Shannon's memorial card were found among her notes, which she wrote after the death of her father, and the daffodils depicted there were drawn in the last letter Shannon sent to her mother.


A butterfly lights between us
like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment
its glory and beauty
belong to our world...

But then it flies on again
and though we wish
it could have stayed
we feel so lucky
to have seen it.
Shannon Davis, 1988


Scope and Content Note

The Shannon Davis Family Collection contains series for: Audiovisual Materials, Clippings, Correspondence, Memorabilia, Photographs, Printed Material, Scrapbooks and Subject Files. The series for Correspondence, Photographs and Subject Files have subseries for Jane Davis, Shannon's mother, and for Phil Haigh, the Scottish rescuer who located Shannon and her belongings. Jane's materials will help the researcher to better understand the aftermath of the bombing. This includes the emotional toll, evident in the condolence letters and many of Jane's writings, and the legislative and legal impacts of Pan Am 103. The materials of Phil Haigh will provide rare insight into the rescue efforts undertaken by Scottish emergency personnel as well as the effect such a disaster has on those involved in the response effort. Shannon's materials will allow the researcher a chance to know Shannon as she was. Her scrapbook, especially, provides a chance to experience Syracuse University as Shannon did. Along with her photographs from trips to Munich and Florence, some of her written work, and other materials found in this collection researchers have the chance to know more about Shannon.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions: Please note that some materials are restricted at donor's request.

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 Shannon Davis Family Collection. Related collections include:

On Eagle's Wings Collection

Pan Am Flight 103 Audiovisual Collection

Francis J. Duggan Collection

Syracuse University: Individuals Collection

Syracuse University: London 1988 Image Collection

Syracuse University: Remembrance Quilt Collection


Selected Search Terms

Names

Davis, Jane.
Davis, Shannon.
Haigh, Phil.
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

Shannon Davis Family Collection,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The Shannon Davis Family Collection was donated by her mother, Jane Davis, in 2002.

Processing Information

The Shannon Davis Family Collection has been processed.


Arrangement

The Shannon Davis Family Collection is arranged alphabetically within each series. Series are arranged alphabetically.


Table of Contents

Audiovisual Materials

Clippings

Correspondence

Memorabilia

Photographs

Printed Materials

Scrapbooks

Subject Files


Inventory

Audiovisual Materials
Box 1 "Postcards From Shannon" radio program audio cassette (F/V 3145) c. 2000
Clippings
Box 1 Arlington Memorial Cairn c. 1995
Box 1 General 1988-2009
Correspondence
Jane Davis
Box 1 Beth St. Hilaire Nelson 1988-1989
Box 1 Condolences 1989-2003
Box 1 Edward M. Kennedy letter November 18, 1993
General
Box 1 1989-1999
Box 1 2008-2014
Box 1 Lawrence Mason, Jr. 2008
Box 1 Pan Am Corporation 1989
Box 1 Personal Effects 1989
Box 1 Place of Remembrance 1990
Box 1 Remembrance Quilt c. 2008
Box 2 Remembrance Scholars 2013-2014
Box 2 Shelton High School 2009
Box 2 Syracuse University 1992-1993, 1998-1999, 2004-2013
Syracuse University Archives
Box 2 1997
Box 2 2003-2013
Box 2 Trial - Camp Zeist, Netherlands 1999-2000
Box 2 United Methodist Church 1990-2009
Box 2 United States Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) 2006, 2012
Box 2 United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 2011
Box 2 United States Department of State 1991
Box 2 Washington 1989-1993
Phil Haigh (rescuer)
Box 2 Jane Davis 1989-1990 1992
Shannon Davis
Box 2 Postcards 1988
PDF just a line from London
PDF British flag
PDF Geneve
PDF Munchen bei Nacht
PDF Paris et ses merveilles
PDF Scotland-bagpiper
PDF with love from London
PDF Roman Baths
PDF Stonehenge
Memorabilia
Box 3 Flag: "Shannon Davis, Victim of Pan Am Flight 103, 1969-1988" undated
Box 3 Rubbing of "Shannon Davis" from the Lockerbie Memorial Wall undated
Photographs
Jane Davis
Box 3 Arlington Memorial Cairn Dedication 1995
Image Jane Davis with Jane Schultz at the Arlington Memorial Cairn dedication 1995
Image Jane Davis with at the Arlington Memorial Cairn dedication 1995
Box 3 Arlington Memorial Cairn and Lockerbie Memorial Services 1997, 1998, 2008
Box 3 Dark Elegy-statue of Jane Davis undated
Image Dark Elegy-statue of Jane Davis
Image Dark Elegy-statue of Jane Davis
Box 3 Jane Davis at the Place of Remembrance with Ken and Jean Jones 2004
Box 3 Jane and Whitney Davis at the White House February 11, 1995
Image Jane and Whitney (sister) Davis at the White House February 11, 1995
Image Whitney (sister) Davis at the White House February 11, 1995
Box 3 Lockerbie c. 1988 1995
Image Father Pat Keegans of Lockerbie speaks at Hendricks Chapel
Image Alan Neale and his wife Jean with Jane Davis November 2, 1995
Image Flowers for Shannon Davis at Rosebank Crescent, Lockerbie, Scotland
Image Flowers for Shannon Davis at Rosebank Crescent, Lockerbie, Scotland
Box 3 Memorial and bench in Ramsey, NJ undated
Image Gretchen Dater memorial bench in Ramsey, NJ: Letitia Lyon Sage (Dater friend), Jane Davis, Mary Kay Stratis, Kathy Tedeschi, Mary Lou Ciulla and Joan Dater
Box 3 Jane Davis with Remembrance Scholars at VPAF 103, Inc. Board Meeting 1990
Box 3 Shannon Davis Memorial Award 1996
Image Shannon Davis memorial award plaque
Image Shannon Davis Memorial Award- Jennifer Lasker, SU Remembrance Scholar and recipient of Shannon Davis Memorial Award and Jane Davis, mother of Shannon
Image Shannon Davis Memorial Award- Jane Davis presents Lockerbie pin to Jennifer Lasker, SU Remembrance Scholar
Image Shannon Davis Memorial Award- Jean Susan Crockett and Jenny Lesken, SU Remembrance Scholar
Box 3 Jane Davis with Family of Kesha Weedon c. 2003
Image Jane Davis and family of victim Kesha Weedon
Image Jane Davis and family of victim Kesha Weedon
Phil Haigh (rescuer)
Box 3 Phil Haigh and family with rescue dog Tosh 1988-1992
Image Phil Haigh and Tosh
Image Phil Haigh and Tosh at Tundergarth Churchyard, Lockerbie
Image Phil Haigh and Tosh with helicopter
Image Phil Haigh and Tosh with helicopter
Image Phil Haigh and Tosh with helicopter
Image Phil Haigh and Tosh with helicopter
Image Andy Haigh and Shannon (Phil's dog named for Shannon Davis)
Image Andy, Phil and Ben Haigh in London
Image Linda Haigh, wife
Image Shannon Davis's suitcase at crash site
Shannon Davis
Box 3 Florence and Munich 1988
Image Munich
Image Munich
Image Munich
Image Munich
Image Munich
Image Munich
Image Munich
Image Munich
Image Shannon Davis, Sandy Phillips and others in Munich
Image Dachau, Munich
Image Dachau, Munich
Image Dachau, Munich
Image Dachau, Munich
Image Dachau, Munich
Image Dachau, Munich
Image Dachau, Munich
Image Dachau, Munich
Image Dachau, Munich
Image Florence
Image Duomo, Florence
Image Florence
Image Florence
Image Florence
Image Florence
Image Florence
Image Duomo, Florence
Image Duomo, Florence
Image Duomo, Florence
Image Duomo, Florence
Box 3 from Richard Miazga (pictured: Shannon Davis, Suzanne Miazga, "Sandy" Phillips) 1988 1990
PDF letter from Richard Miazga to Jane Davis
Image Beth St. Hilaire Nelson and Shannon Davis
Image Shannon Davis, Beth St. Hilaire Nelson, Suzanne Miazga (victim), Stuart Potchinsky
Image Shannon Davis, Beth St. Hilaire Nelson, Suzanne Miazga (victim), Stuart Potchinsky
Image Shannon Davis, Beth St. Hilaire Nelson, Suzanne Miazga (victim), Sandy Phillips (victim)
Image Shannon Davis, Beth St. Hilaire Nelson, Suzanne Miazga (victim), Sandy Phillips (victim)
Image Shannon Davis, Beth St. Hilaire Nelson, Suzanne Miazga (victim)
Image Beth St. Hilaire Nelson, Stuart Potchinsky, unknown, Shannon Davis, Suzanne Miazga (victim) at Stonehenge
Image Stuart Potchinsky, Shannon Davis, Beth St. Hilaire Nelson, Sandy Phillips (victim)
Box 3 Portraits of Shannon Davis 1980-1988
Image Plaque at Bridgeport Hospital Pediatrics Department, CT
Image Plaque at Bridgeport Hospital Pediatrics Department, CT
Image Shan at Pebble Beach, Brighton October 15, 1988
Image Shannon Davis remembrance poster
Image Shannon Davis, 1988
Image Shannon Davis, 1988
Image Shannon Davis with carnations
Image Shannon Davis in England September, 1988
Image Shannon Davis, Suzanne Miazga, Sandy Phillips, Beth St. Hilaire Nelson at Stonehenge
Image Shannon Davis senior year, 1985-1986
Image Shannon Davis sixth grade class photo
Image Shannon Davis junior year, 1984-1985
Image Shannon Davis sophomore year, 1983-1984
Image Shannon Davis freshman year, 1982-1983
Image Shannon Davis 8th grade, 1981-1982
Image Shannon Davis 7th grade, 1980-1981
Printed Materials
Box 3 Artwork undated
Box 3 Memorial card c. 1988
PDF Shannon Davis memorial card
Box 3 Nichols United Methodist Church programs 1989 1991-1993 1998
Box 3 Remembrance Scholarships 1990-1998
Scrapbooks
Box 5 Scrapbook of Shannon Davis 1986-1987
Subject Files
Jane Davis
Box 3 Air Crash Casualty Emotional Support Services 1999 2001 undated
Box 3 Artwork undated
Box 3 Awards/Recognitions 1990
Box 3 Business cards undated
Box 3 Conference on sanctions against terrorist nations at Georgetown University 1997
Box 3 First Anniversary/Lockerbie Memorial 1989-1990
Box 3 Indictments 1991 1999
Box 3 Interview with Dr. Robert Greene (Cazenovia College) 1997
RESTRICTED: Please note that this tape is restricted until after the death of Dr. Robert Greene. Permission to listen to the interview must be obtained from Dr. Greene.
Box 3 Mid Annandale Playcare (Lockerbie, Scotland) undated
Box 3 National Air Disaster Alliance and Foundation c. 2001
Box 4 "Postcards from Shannon" radio and TV program c. 2000
Box 4 Release of Abdelbasset al-Megrahi 2009
Box 4 Remembrance Week 2008-2009
Box 4 Senate Foreign Relations Committee 1999 2004
Box 4 Trial - Camp Zeist, Netherlands c. 2000
Box 4 Tundergarth Remembrance Room June 30, 1990
Box 4 United Nations Sanctions 2002
Box 4 Victims rights groups 2000-2001 undated
Box 4 Writings 1989 c. 1997 c. 2002 undated
Phil Haigh (rescuer)
Box 4 Journal December, 1988
Shannon Davis
Box 4 Certificates 1969-1970 1982 1988
Box 4 Memorial Award at SU 1988 1990
Box 4 Memorial Scholarships 1989
Box 4 Memory Book, from memorial service at Syracuse University c. 1988-1989
Box 4 Syracuse University c. 1985-1987
PDF DIPA program acceptance letter
PDF Syracuse University acceptance letter
Box 4 Testing Scores-High School 1982 1987
Box 4 Tributes and Memorials 1989 1998
Box 4 Writings undated
Box 4 Whitney Davis (sister) 1989
Box 4 Winston Davis (father) 1988