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21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 who had been studying abroad through Syracuse University’s Division of International
Programs Abroad (DIPA). Their “sons and daughters will be remembered at Syracuse University as long as any of us shall live
and as long as the University shall stand…everything that we are collecting,” he continued, “will eventually be placed in an
archive and will be a permanent memorial to those who died.” That promised archive is now the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie
Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University Libraries, a grief-based set of collections that daily honor the commitment to
remember those 35 students. The Pan Am 103 Archives further exists to memorialize all 270 victims and represent the work,
experiences, and bonds of family, friends, residents of Lockerbie, law enforcement, and organizations in the aftermath of this
tragic act of terror. The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives was established at Syracuse University in 1990 with the following mission:
1) To bring together in one place materials generated regarding the disaster and make those materials available for research,
and 2) Provide a place to personalize our students whose lives were lost where their families can donate materials by or about
them to let the world know in some way what has been lost by their deaths. In 2005, the scope of the archives was officially
expanded to include the records of individuals and organizations beyond the university that pertained to the bombing, and
to offer the archives as a home for friends and family members to deposit materials memorializing all 270 victims. To date,
the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives has accepted more than 300 boxes and oversize materials containing thousands of records
pertaining to all aspects of the bombing. Donors include a range of Syracuse University administrative and academic units,
authors, attorneys, Syracuse University alumni, first responders from Lockerbie, investigators, and, overwhelmingly, the victims’
families. Collection materials include victims’ personal items books, articles, and government publications documents related
to the investigation and trial of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifah Fhimah internal documents from the Victims
of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. (VPAF 103, Inc.) family group concerning its advocacy work for justice, victims’ rights, and enhanced
airline security information on international memorials in Syracuse, Lockerbie, and Washington, DC materials produced
by the Remembrance/Lockerbie Scholars program records generated by Syracuse University administrative and academic
departments and oral histories from family members, first responders, faculty, and alumni. Every aspect of the tragedy of Pan
Am Flight 103—the investigation, the trial, and even today’s controversies—has relevance in the Archives.
International Archives on Women in Architecture
Special Collections, University Libraries, Virginia Tech
The International Archives of Women in Architecture (IAWA) comprises over 425 individual collections, including the
professional papers of women architects, landscape architects, designers, architectural historians and critics, and urban
planners, as well as the records of women’s architectural organizations.
Documenting Ferguson Collection
Olin Library, Washington University in St. Louis
The Documenting Ferguson Collection includes a digital repository that seeks to preserve and make accessible community- and
media-generated, original content that was captured and created following the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police
officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014. It also includes physical material and oral histories. A freely
available resource for students, scholars, teachers, and the greater community, Documenting Ferguson has the ultimate goal of
providing diverse perspectives of the events surrounding the conflicts in Ferguson.
Concordia Club fonds
Special Collections &Archives, University of Waterloo Library
The Concordia Club originated as the Concordia Male Choir in October 1873 when Berlin (now Kitchener) had a population
of approximately 3,000 people, the majority of whom were of German origin. Today the Concordia Club is the largest of the
German-Canadian Clubs in Kitchener. It strives to preserve German language, customs, and traditions, and serves as a place
where old and new Canadians of German descent can meet. Choral music still forms a very important part of Concordia’s year-
round activities, but the club also offers its members a wide range of other cultural, as well as sporting and social, activities
through its many other subgroups. The Concordia Club has played a valuable role in promoting the preservation of the German
language through its founding of the German Language School Concordia in 1970, and its continued support of the school
after it was integrated into the Waterloo County public school system in 1973. The German literary competition introduced by
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