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Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives Collection Policy
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University
Collection Policy
The Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University (the Archives) is open to collections
relating to all 270 victims of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21,
The Archives also collects materials relating to the aftermath of the bombing. This may include materials from
investigators, legislators, lawyers, authors, reporters, producers, directors, composers, artists, government bodies,
institutions or organizations, and families and friends of victims.
The Syracuse University Archives established this archives in 1990 to:
bring together in one place materials generated regarding the disaster and make those materials available
for research, and
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 2006 the scope of the Archives was expanded to include all 270 victims.
Materials donated to and kept by the archives must have enduring or historical value. Records of enduring value
are those that document the history of Pan Am Flight 103 the operations, activities and procedures of various
groups and organizations the lives of the 270 victims and their families and friends as they relate to Pan Am 103
and the tireless efforts of the individuals who have been involved in the aftermath of the bombing.
Records may be in any physical format including but not limited to paper, microforms, photographs, drawings,
maps, and electronic records such as, e-mail, voicemail, CDs and DVDs, videotapes and audio tapes, computer
tapes and discs, and other electronic documents.
Categories of materials with enduring value include, but are not limited to:
Records as a memorial to the victims -A Legacy
o tributes, memorial services, scholarships
o news clippings and news footage
o condolence letters /sympathy cards
o death certificate /personal effects
o correspondence /postcards
o photographs
o audio /video tapes
o writings /poetry /artwork
o scrapbooks
o awards and recognitions
o personal items
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