Collection inventory

Karen Lee Hunt 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 and Rachael Signy
Date: 2013

Revision history:
Jun 2016 Stylistic changes (VSOM)

Summary

Creator: Hunt, Karen Lee
Title: Karen Lee Hunt Family Collection
Dates: 1968-2009
Size: 2 boxes, 1 linear foot
Abstract: The Karen Lee Hunt Family Collection contains 7 series: Albums, Audiovisual, Condolences, Correspondence, Photographs, and Subject Files. The Audiovisual series contains copies of "Song For Karen" on CD and audiocassette . In Correspondence there are letters between the Hunt family and Richard Newbegin who wrote "Song For Karen". These letters span from their first correspondence in 1992 to as recently as 2009.
Language: English
Repository: Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biography

Karen Lee Hunt

Born January 7, 1968, Karen Lee Hunt, of Webster, New York, was a Syracuse University junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She majored in English with a minor in journalism and hoped to be a magazine writer. Karen wrote poetry and kept a journal that was returned to her family after the crash. During her stay in London Karen took great care to buy gifts for her family and friends. One gift of a teapot, bought for her mother Peggy, survived the crash. Karen Lee was a sister of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women and is remembered by family and friends as "a warm and caring person who embodied goodness" and had a "generous spirit." She was survived by her parents, Bob and Peggy, and a younger sister, Robyn.


Scope and Content Note

The Karen Lee Hunt Family Collection contains 7 series: Albums, Audiovisual, Condolences, Correspondence, Photographs, and Subject Files. The bulk of this collection contains reproductions unless otherwise noted.

Albums: a digital version of the newspaper clipping album that the Hunt family has created about the Pam Am Flight 103 disaster and Karen. The clippings dates range from 1988-2009

Audiovisual: contains copies of Song For Karen a tribute to Karen Lee Hunt and the other victims of Pan Am Flight 103 that was written by Richard Newbegin in 1991. It is available in CD and audiocassette.

Condolences: this series includes many of the letters and cards that the Hunt family received after Karen’s death. They range from family friends and relatives to Karen’s friends from elementary, high school, and university.

Correspondence: most notable, this series contains correspondence from David Johnston, Richard Newbegin, and Ella Ramsden. Ella Ramsden lived in Park Place in Lockerbie during the Lockerbie disaster. She was in her home when Pan Am 103 crashed and her roof was sheared off by the plane. A few years after the disaster Richard Newbegin’s mother moved to Lockerbie and became friends with Ella. When he came to visit his mother they went to Dryfesdale Cemetery where he saw Karen’s plaque. It was then that Richard Newbegin decided to write "Song For Karen." He was desperate to share the song with Karen’s family but had no way to contact them. His mother gave a copy to Ella. Around this time David Johnston, a Scottish police officer assigned to the Lockerbie disaster case came to see Ella to say goodbye as he was going home to Glasgow. David Johnston had been assigned to the Hunt family as their official contact. When he saw the tape and Ella Ramsden told him the story behind it he decided to take it back to the police station. It was soon decided that the family should know about the song and correspondence between Richard Newbegin and the Hunt family began.

Photographs: this series includes portraits of Karen, some prom photos and a photo of a plaque located in Franklin Lake, NJ. There are also photos of Richard Newbegin and his family.

Subject Files: there is one file located in this series that contains two sketches of Karen drawn by Margaret Paxton, of Alnwick England.


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 Karen Lee Hunt Family Collection. Related collections include:

On Eagle's Wings Collection

Pan Am Flight 103 Audiovisual Collection

Matthew Cox Papers

Syracuse University: London 1988 Image Collection

Syracuse University: Individuals Collection

Syracuse University: Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women Collection

Syracuse University: Remembrance Quilt Collection

Memorial websites have been created in Karen's honor since her death in 1988. Her parents recommend Remembering Karen Lee Hunt and Memorial for Karen Lee Hunt as resources. Neither of these websites is maintained by the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives or Syracuse University.


Selected Search Terms

Names

Hunt, Karen Lee.
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

Karen Lee Hunt Family Collection,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The Karen Lee Hunt Family Collection was donated by her parents Robert and Peggy Hunt in 2009.

Processing Information

The Karen Lee Hunt Family Collection is processed.


Arrangement

The Karen Lee Hunt Family Collection is arranged alphabetically by series within each series.


Table of Contents

Albums

Audiovisual

Condolences

Correspondence

Photographs

Subject Files


Inventory

Albums
Box 2 Tragedy of Pan Am 103 Newspaper Album Book 1 1988-1990 Digital.
PDF Book 1
Box 2 Tragedy of Pan Am 103 Newspaper Album Book 2 1990-2009 Digital.
PDF Book 2
Audiovisual
Box 1 "20th Anniversary of Pan Am 103" by Joshua Hunt Barry (nephew) F/V 6291 2008 DVD
Video "20th Anniversary of Pan Am 103"
Box 1 "Karen Lee Hunt" by Robyn Hunt Barry (sister) F/V 6292 undated DVD
Video "Karen Lee Hunt"
Box 1 Karen on Day 7/Karen at Jamesville Reservoir with "On the Road to Find Out" by Cat Stevens F/V 6299 May, 1988 DVD
Box 1 News Clips Rochester, NY: Karen Lee Hunt memorial service F/V 6307 December 27, 1988 DVD
Box 1 News Clips Rochester, NY: Karen Lee Hunt personification F/V 6300 January, 1989 DVD
Box 1 Robyn (Hunt) filming around Christmas, "I Love you Karen" F/V 6298 c. December, 1988 DVD
Box 1 Robyn (Hunt) filming around Christmas, "When a bell rings an Angel gets her wings"; News Clips Rochester, NY F/V 6308 c. December, 1988 DVD
Box 1 Robyn (Hunt) Freshman Dance F/V 6346A-1 c. 1989 DVD
Box 1 "Song for Karen" by Richard Newbegin F/V 6160 1991 CD
Box 1 "Song for Karen" by Richard Newbegin F/V 6160 1991 audio cassette
Box 1 WHEC-TV 10, Rochester: Karen Lee Hunt Body Mix-up F/V 6306 c. December, 1988
Box 1 WHEC-TV 10, Rochester: Pan Am 103 crash, Karen Lee Hunt on flight F/V 6311 c. December, 1988
Box 1 WOKR-13, Rochester: Karen Lee Hunt F/V 6312 c. December, 1988
Box 1 WROC-TV 8, Rochester: Karen Lee Hunt memorial service coverage F/V 6302 December 27, 1988
Condolences
Box 1 aquaintances December, 1988 - May, 1989
Box 1 boyfriends December 1988
Box 1 elementary school friends December, 1988 - January, 1989
Box 1 employer January, 1989
Box 1 high school friends December, 1988 - January, 1990
Box 1 In Memory of Karen Lee Hunt (book) undated
Box 1 mothers of Karen's friends December, 1988
Box 1 non-aquaintances December, 1988 - March, 1989
Box 1 relatives January, 1989 - January, 1991
Box 1 Rose, Lisa December, 1989 - September, 1991
Box 1 Syracuse University friends December, 1988 - September, 1991
Box 1 teachers December, 1988 - January, 1989
Correspondence
Box 2 Campbell, Peggy August, 1992
Box 2 Henry, Lauren c. 1986-1988
PDF Letter to Lauren Henry from Karen Hunt - c. 1986-1988
PDF Letter to Lauren Henry from Karen Hunt - c. 1986-1988
Box 2 Johnston, David August, 1992
Box 2 Newbegin, Richard about 'Song For Karen" February, 1992 - March, 1992
Box 2 Newbegin, Richard March, 1992 - December, 1992
Box 2 Newbegin, Richard January, 1993 - December, 1993
Box 2 Newbegin, Richard February, 1994 - December, 1994
Box 2 Newbegin, Richard December, 1995
Box 2 Newbegin, Richard December, 1996 - May, 1996
Box 2 Newbegin, Richard September, 1997
Box 2 Newbegin, Richard November, 1998 - December, 1998
Box 2 Newbegin, Richard September, 2009 - October 2009
Box 2 Newbegin, Richard undated
Box 2 Ramsden, Ella December, 1992
Box 2 Tesauro, Joni December, 1988 - February, 1989
Photographs
Box 2 dance recital 1978 (this folder contains original prints.)
Box 2 Johnston, David April, 1992
Box 2 Karen Hunt and Lauren Henry (roommate) c. 1986
Image Karen Hunt and Lauren Henry (roommate) Day Hall, Floor 7 - c. 1986
Box 2 London 1988
Image Karen Hunt with fellow student
Image Karen Hunt with fellow students at Stonehenge
Image students at Stonehenge
Image Three London abroad students outside a London subway station
Image Karen Hunt and fellow London abroad students standing between columns
Image Karen Hunt walking to a small airport, Boulogne sur Mer
Image Karen Hunt and fellow London abroad students with a Christmas cake
Image Karen Hunt and fellow London abroad students outside near trees
Image Karen Hunt posing playfully with 2 fellow London abroad students
Image Karen Hunt and Beth (unknown last name) posing with two British policemen in Notting Hill Gate
Image Karen Hunt and fellow London abroad students gathered behind a table full of food
Image Three London abroad students sitting in a church
Box 2 Newbegin, Richard undated (some items in this folder are original prints.)
Image portrait of Richard Newbegin
Box 2 Memorial Plaque (Franklin Lakes, NJ) undated (this folder contains original prints.)
Image Memorial plaque for Karen Hunt
Box 2 Portraits of Karen Hunt 1968-1987 (this folder contains original prints.)
Image portrait of Karen Hunt 1980
Image portrait of Karen Hunt 1972
Image portrait of Karen Hunt 1968
Image portrait of Karen Hunt high school graduation
Image portait of Karen Hunt Pi Beta Phi 1987
Box 2 Prom 1985-1986 (this folder contains original prints.)
Image prom portrait of Karen Hunt 1985
Image prom portrait of Karen Hunt 1986
Subject Files
Box 2 Sketchs by Margaret Paxton undated