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Melina Kristina Hudson Family Papers

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

Summary

Creator: Hudson, Melina Kristina.
Title: Melina Kristina Hudson Family Papers
Dates: 1972-2007
Size: 19 boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 4 rolled items; 18 linear feet
Abstract: The Melina Kristina Hudson Family Papers contain materials related to Melina Hudson, killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, and her parents, Eleanor and Paul Hudson.
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 Melina Kristina Hudson

Melina Kristina Hudson (1972-1988) was among the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. A resident of Albany, New York, Melina was an American high school student studying abroad in England during fall 1988. Through an exchange program agreement with her high school, the Albany Academy for Girls, Melina studied abroad at the Exeter School in Exeter, England when she was 16. She was the first American girl to attend the Exeter School. Melina had originally been scheduled to fly home on December 22, but her travel plans were inexplicably changed. Melina left behind her parents, Paul and Eleanor; her three brothers, Stephen, Paul J., and William David; and her grandparents, William and Maybelle Hudson, and Jus and Melina Rossi.

Melina's father described her as being "full of life, beautiful and beloved." Her brother, Stephen, said Melina always spoke her mind and he described her as being individual and having an intense love for her family and friends. Melina's school notebook was found among the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland. On it she had written, "No one dies unless they are forgotten."

Paul Hudson, Melina's father, served as General Counsel to the New York State Crime Victims Board from 1977 to 1987 and is recognized as a legal expert on crime victims' rights and legislation. After Melina's death, Eleanor and Paul joined with other families of victims to create the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. (VPAF 103, Inc.), an organization devoted to ensuring similar acts of terrorism could never happen again. Paul served as a Chairman of the Steering Committee for VPAF 103, Inc.before leaving the group to create Families of Pan Am 103/Lockerbie, which was similarly devoted to revealing the full story of the Pan Am tragedy. He served as the Chairman for Families of Pan Am 103/Lockerbie, organizing and speaking at press conferences and during media segments about the Pan Am tragedy. In this role, Paul arranged several Congressional hearings and contributed to written and oral testimonies. He also discussed the Pan Am tragedy and its investigation with various U.S. government officials, such as President George H. W. Bush, Department of Transportation Secretary Samuel K. Skinner, agents of the FBI, and senators.

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Scope and Content Note

The Melina Kristina Hudson Family Papers contain information and materials related to Melina Hudson, killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The collection includes series for Clippings, Correspondence, Items from the disaster site at Lockerbie, Memorials, Personal belongings, Photographs, Publications, and Subject files.

Clippings includes articles about Melina Kristina Hudson, the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing, Lockerbie, memorials, and related investigations and trials.

Correspondence is divided into two subseries. The first subseries includes condolences and letters to and from Eleanor and Paul Hudson. It includes correspondence with President George H.W. Bush, organizations, and various U.S. and international government officials. The second series includes the correspondence of Others regarding the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing. It features correspondence of U.S. government officials and organizations.

Items from the disaster site at Lockerbie include airplane fragments of the Clipper Maid of the Seas and dirt from the Tundergarth Church yard in Lockerbie, Scotland.

Memorials contains materials related to services and memorials in Albany, New York, Lockerbie, Scotland, and New York City, honoring Melina Hudson and the other victims of the Pan Am 103 tragedy.

Personal belongings is divided into two subseries. The first subseries includes materials related to Melina Kristina Hudson, such as books and a magazine for Miss National Teen-Ager, and contains her personal effects. It also includes some of her vinyl records, which were retrieved from the Lockerbie site. They include Billy Joel's The Stranger, which features notes to Melina from friends, Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge over Troubled Water, and Bobby McFarrin's Simple Pleasures. The second subseries contains materials belonging to Eleanor and Paul Hudson and includes items such as personal and Pan Am Flight 103 buttons and Paul's day planner.

Photographs contains photographs of the Hudson family on a trip to Rome, CAPBOR (a conference at which Paul spoke), and other Pan Am Flight 103 victims. All items are photographic prints unless otherwise noted.

Publications include materials about terrorism and airport security.

Subject files is divided into five subseries. The first subseries is Events, which includes information about other airplane crashes and terrorist attacks, as well as agendas and promotional materials for a symposium on terrorism and airport security. Government and trial contains government resolutions, press releases, statements and testimonies of victims' family members, and trial transcripts related to the Pan Am tragedy. The third subseries, Media, includes broadcast transcripts of interviews about airline security and terrorism, as well as media contacts. The People and organizations subseries contains individual case studies, notes, promotional materials, and press releases related to various people and organizations. The final subseries, Posters, contains oversize posters related to Pan Am Flight 103 and poster board collages created in remembrance of the Pan Am Flight 103 victims.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Please note that some materials have been restricted for preservation purposes. Folders containing restricted materials are indicated in the inventory below. Please contact the archivist for further information about 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

Banners, meeting minutes, membership information, publications, papers, and posters related to the victims' family groups Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. (VPAF 103, Inc.) and Families of Pan Am 103/Lockerbie, were added to the respective collections, Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. Collection and Families of Pan Am 103/Lockerbie Collection. Full statements and testimonies, trial transcripts, and publications related to the Pan Am bombing were added to the Publications Collection.

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Melina Kristina Hudson Family Papers. Related collections include:

Matthew Cox Papers

Families of Pan Am 103/Lockerbie Collection

On Eagles' Wings Collection

Pan Am Flight 103 Publications Collection

Pan American World Airways, Inc. Collection

Pan Am 103 Individuals Collection

Theodora Cohen Family Collection

Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. Collection

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Selected Search Terms

Names

Families of Pan Am 103/Lockerbie.
Hudson, Melina Kristina.
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.
Trials.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Melina Kristina Hudson Family Papers,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Paul Hudson donated the Melina Kristina Hudson Family Papers in 2011.

Processing Information

The Melina Kristina Hudson Family Papers are fully processed and are housed in acid-free folders and archival boxes.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Vanessa L. St.Oegger-Menn and Jenna Bossert
Date: March 2015
Revision history: April 2017 - Inventory added; Reorganized and processed collection; contents refoldered; stylistic changes (JNB); August 2017 - Containers and extent updated; stylistic changes (VSOM)

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Arrangement

The Melina Kristina Hudson Family Papers are arranged by subseries and alphabetically or chronologically within each series.

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Inventory

Clippings
Box 1 [General] 1985-1989 (7 folders)
Box 2 [General] 1989-1990 (10 folders)
Box 3 [General] 1990-2002, undated (8 folders)
Box 4 [General] undated (1 folders)
Box 4 Airlines and terrorist threats 1986
Box 4 Aloha Airlines fatal accident 1989
Box 4 CIA [Central Intelligence Agency] drug plot connected to the Pan Am Flight 103 tragedy 1987-1989
Box 4 Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] warnings 1989
Box 4 "In Memoriam" issue – Syracuse Record January 17, 1989
Box 4 International press 1988-1990 (4 folders)
Box 4 News transcripts 1989-1992
Oversize 2 Oversize clippings 1988-1989
Box 4 Political cartoons 1990-1992, Undated
Box 4 Rosenkranz, Frank 1989
Box 5 "Their Darkest Day" issue - The Post Standard 1988-1989
Box 5 United Nations [U.N.] and Libya 1992
Box 5 U.S. Representative James Traficant 1989
Correspondence
Eleanor and Paul Hudson
Condolences
Box 5 [General] 1988-1990
Box 5 Holy Bible presented to Paul Hudson by Lockerbie Air Disaster Trust in memory of Melina Kristina Hudson 1989
Box 5 Mass enrollments 1988
Box 5 [General] 1989 (3 folders)
Box 6 [General] 1990-2000, undated (7 folders)
Box 7 Albany Law School 1992
Box 7 Aviation Consumer Action Project [ACAP] 1989-1990
Box 7 B’Nai B'rith International 1989-1990
Box 7 Bristol Express Company 1991
Box 7 President George H.W. Bush 1989-1992
Box 7 President George H.W. Bush administration 1989-1992
Box 7 Criminal Injuries Compensation Board 1990-1993
Box 7 Cummock, Victoria 1989-1990
Box 7 Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary 1989-1992
Box 7 Dumfries and Galloway Regional Council Lockerbie Community Support 1989
Box 7 Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] 1989-1992
Box 7 International government officials and United Nations [U.N.] 1989-1997
Box 7 Lemov, Mike 1990-1991
Box 7 Lockerbie Air Disaster Friendship Group 1989
Box 7 Lockerbie Air Disaster Trust 1989-1992
Box 7 Lockerbie plaque 1990
Box 7 Manning, James - Albany Academy Headmaster 1990
Box 7 Media executives 1989-2001
Box 7 National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Board 1989
Box 7 O'Mara, Eileen and Tom 1989-1990
Box 7 Pan American World Airways 1989
Box 7 Procurator Fiscal's office 1990
Box 8 Swire, Jim 1989-1992
Box 8 Syracuse University 1990
Box 8 U.S. Department of Justice 1990-1993
Box 8 U.S. Department of State 1989-1992
Box 8 U.S. Department of Transportation 1989-1993
Box 8 U.S. government officials 1989-1995 (2 folders)
Box 8 Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. 1989
Box 8 William Morris Agency, Inc. – Fries Entertainment Inc. 1990
Others
Box 8 [General] 1989-1995, Undated (3 folders)
Box 8 Aviation Consumer Action Project [ACAP] 1991-2001
Box 9 Cummock, Victoria 1989-1992
Box 9 Dater, Joan 1988-1989
Box 9 Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] 1988-1989
Box 9 Independent Union of Flight Attendants [IUFA] 1989
Box 9 International government officials 1993
Box 9 Lockerbie Air Disaster Trust 1989-1990
Box 9 Media executives 1989
Box 9 Pan American World Airways 1989
Box 9 U.S. Department of Justice 1989-1990
Box 9 U.S. Department of State 1989-1992
Box 9 U.S. Department of Transportation 1989-1992
Box 9 U.S. government officials 1989-1992 (2 folders)
Box 9 Weiss, Fredda 1989
Items returned from the disaster site at Lockerbie
Box 16 Airplane fragments from Pan Am Flight 103 1988
Box 17 Dirt from Tundergarth churchyard 1988
Memorials
Box 9 Berkshire Ballet tribute to Melina Kristina Hudson 1989
Box 9 Garden of Remembrance service at the Dryfesdale Cemetery, Lockerbie, Scotland 21 December 1989
Box 9 Lockerbie Silent Night memorial Booklet 1990
Box 10 Mass for the victims of Pan Am Flight 103, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City 29 January 1989
Box 10 Memorial plaque at Tundergarth Church in Lockerbie, Scotland 1990
Box 10 Memorial service and dedication of the Place of Remembrance at Syracuse University 22 April 1990
Box 10 Memorial service at Syracuse University 18 January 1989
Box 10 Memorial service for Melina Hudson, Mass of Resurrection, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany 31 December 1988
Box 10 Suggested memorial activities for the first anniversary of Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster 21 December 1989
Personal belongings
Melina Kristina Hudson
Box 10 Blank postcards from international travels 1988
Box 10 Books 1972-1975
Box 10 History class book with Melina’s annotations 1980-1985
Oversize 1 Vinyl records 1988
Box 10 Miss National Teen-Ager magazine 1987
Box 10 Notice of personal effects recovered from Lockerbie site 1988-1989
Box 10 Sheet music for "The Twelve Days of Christmas (Revisited)" 1988-1989
Eleanor and Paul Hudson
Box 10 Personal and Pan Am Flight 103 related buttons circa 1990
Box 10 Planner of Paul Hudson 1992
Box 10 The Albany Academy roster of students 1988-1989
Box 10 "Workstation" circa 1990-2000 Floppy disks.
RESTRICTED: Researchers are restricted from accessing the floppy disks. Please consult an archivist to inquire about access.
Photographs
Box 10 Coalition for Airline Passenger Bill of Rights [CAPBOR] event, Washington DC 2007 CD-ROMs.
RESTRICTED: Researchers are restricted from accessing the CD-ROM. Please consult an archivist to inquire about access.
Box 10 "End of Rome" slides circa 1983 35mm (photographic film size).
Box 10 Hudson family 1972-1989 undated
Box 10 Other Pan Am Flight 103 victims circa 1989
Box 10 "Start of Rome" slides circa 1983 35mm (photographic film size).
Publications
Box 11 Blake, Robert, “Epilogue 1965-77”, A History of Rhodesia (1978), New York: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, pages 391-401
Box 11 Boyd, Richard W. and Crenshaw, Martha, Incomplete report of “The 99th Congress and the Response to International Terrorism”, Congressional Research Service (CRS), 11 September 1987, pages 18-20
Box 11 Department of Public Information, “Chapter X: International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)”, Yearbook of the United Nations, Vol. 40, 1986, pages 1166-1170
Box 11 Johnston, David, “Dealing with Disaster", Lockerbie: The Real Story (1989), pages 52-53
Box 11 Kreindler, Lee S., “The Confidentiality Order”, New York Law Journal circa 1989
Box 11 N.A. “Detecting Inaccuracies in Criticisms of TNA Machines” circa 1990
Box 11 Table of Contents regarding the U.S. National Security Council circa 1988
Subject files
Events
Box 11 Albany Law School – Symposium on Terrorism and Security Aboard International Airlines 1992
Box 11 Trans World Airlines [TWA] Flight 800 1996
Box 11 Union de Transports Aériens [UTA] Flight 772 1989
Government and trial
Box 11 Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee 1991-1997
Box 11 Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] 1989-1992
Box 11 Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] 1989-1992
Box 11 Hearing and markup regarding the Korean Airlines Flight KAL-858 bombing 1988
Box 11 H.R. 5200, Aviation Security Improvement Act of 1990 1990
Box 11 Incomplete government bills and testimonies 1989-2001
Box 11 Incomplete trial transcripts related to Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie tragedy 1989-2000 (2 folders)
Box 11 Italian embassy 1988-1989
Box 12 Montreal Aviation Protocols 1989-1992
Box 12 National Transportation Safety Board [NTSB] 1988
Box 12 New York City Council Proclamation Ceremony for “National Victims Rights Week” and “Victims’ Rights Day” April 1992
Box 12 New York State Assembly, 3315, Act Creating the NYS Office of Crime Victims Services 5 February 1991
Box 12 New York State Senate Assembly, S. 2976, Act to Amend Several and Merge Criminal Procedure Laws and Criminal Justice Agencies 28 February 1991
Box 12 New York State Legislative Resolution Memorializing Congress to Initiate an Investigation of the Pan Am Flight 103 Tragedy 18 April 1989
Box 12 Outline of Proposed Legal Action Against U.S. Government Regarding Policy about Civilian Aircraft Threats circa 1989
Box 12 Outline of Reparations from Libya for Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Bombing circa 2001
Box 12 Pan Am Flight 103 chronology 1990
President's Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism [PCAST]
Box 18 Correspondence 1989-1990
Box 18 General information 1988-1997
Box 18 Testimonies and statements 1990 (2 folders)
Box 18 Transcripts circa 1990 (3 folders)
Box 19 Transcripts circa 1990 (3 folders)
Box 12 Scotland office 1988
Box 12 Statements and testimonies from Pan Am Flight 103 victims’ family members 1989-1991
Box 12 United Nations [U.N.] and U.S. Mission to the United Nations 1991-1992
Box 12 United Nations [U.N.] Provisional Meeting Record 21 January 1992
Box 12 U.S. Department of Justice 1989
Box 12 U.S. Department of State 1989-1990
Box 13 U.S. Department of Transportation 1988-1992
Box 13 U.S. Government 1989-1992
Box 13 U.S. Senators and Pan Am Flight 103 investigation 1989-1990 (2 folders)
Box 13 Warsaw Convention 1975
Box 13 White House 1986-1991
Media
Box 13 ABC News, Nightline broadcast transcript – “U.S. Vulnerability to Air Terrorism” interview 16 February 1989
Box 13 Criminal Crime Reporter transcript – interview with Leonard Orland March 1989
Box 13 McLaughlin Group broadcast transcript – interview with Secretary of State Skinner, 12 May 1989
Box 13 Reporters and media contacts 1988-1990 (2 folders)
People and organizations
Box 14 Airport Operators International Council 1989
Box 14 American Transport Association [ATA] 1990-1992
Box 14 Attorney and organization contacts 1989
Box 14 Aviation Consumer Action Project [ACAP] 1989-circa 2001
Box 14 Canady, Valerie 1988
Box 14 Center for Security Policy 1992
Box 14 Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and other victim compensation applications 1988 - 1992
Box 14 Cummock, John – case chronology 1989
Box 14 de Larracoechea, Marina – Pan Am Flight 103 investigation notes 1989
Box 14 Dumfries and Galloway Regional Council Lockerbie Community Support circa 1989
Box 14 HALT: An Organization of Americans for Legal Reform 1988
Box 14 Dr. Raymond H. Hamden’s research on the political psychology of terrorists, hostages, and fundamentalists 1985-1989
Box 14 Hudson, Eleanor 1989
Box 14 Hudson family – Ohio contacts of Melina Hudson family circa 1991
Box 14 Hudson, Paul 1989-1992
Box 15 Hudson, Paul - notes 1989-1991
Box 15 Hudson, Stephen - notes on the Washington, DC vigil circa 1989
Box 15 Independent Union of Flight Attendants 1988-1989
Box 15 International Aircraft Design Group 1992-1993
Box 15 International Rally of Endeavors to Improve [IREI] Air Safety 1992
Box 15 Kettner, Thomas circa 1989
Box 15 KPI Ltd. report on Pan Am World Airways, Inc. 1986
Box 15 Legal referral service circa 1992
Box 15 Lidov, Dr. Hart G.W. circa 1989
Box 15 Lockerbie Air Disaster Trust 1989-1991
Box 15 Miller, Joseph K. – dedication ceremony 1990
Box 15 O’Mara, Tom 1989-1990
Box 15 Pangia, Michael 1990
Box 15 Plaskett, Thomas – CEO of Pan American World Airways 1989-1991
Box 15 Reina, John 1989
Box 15 Root, John circa 1989
Oversize 2 Scott, Betsy – watercolor painting reproductions of Melina Kristina Hudson 1989
Box 15 S.O.S. Attentats 1991-1992
Box 15 Stephanie Roper Committee and Foundation, Inc. 1992
Box 15 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States [VFW] 1989
Posters
Oversize Tube 1 Administrative notice about December 1988 threat circa 1989
Oversize 2 Air Line Pilots Association, Air Transport Association, and U.S. State Department reward advertisement 1990
Oversize Tube 1 “Hope” circa 1989
Oversize Tube 1 “Justice, Security, and Warning” circa 1989
Oversize 2 Pan American World Airways advertisement 1989
Oversize 3 “Passengers of Pan Am 103 Rest in Peace” collage circa 1989
Image Passengers of Pan Am 103 Rest in Peace collage with closed eulogy for Melina Hudson
Image Passengers of Pan Am 103 Rest in Peace collage with opened eulogy for Melina Hudson
RESTRICTED: The contents of this box are restricted for preservation purposes.
Box 10 “Remember Us” Pan Am Flight 103 victims collage circa 1989
Image Remember Us collage
RESTRICTED: The contents of this box are restricted for preservation purposes.
Box 10 “Remember Us” Pan Am Flight 103 victims collage - loose photographs circa 1989
Oversize Tube 1 “Why Weren’t They Told?” circa 1989

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