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Artistic Responses Collection

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


Creator: Syracuse University.
Title: Artistic Responses Collection
Dates: 1988-2015
Size: 9.25 linear feet
Abstract: Creative works produced by poets, dramatists, visual artists, and others in response to or inspired by the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988
Language: English
Repository: Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Historical Note

In the years since the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988, many have been inspired to give voice to the tragedy through creative and artistic outlets. The Artistic Responses Collection contains materials related to some of these creations. Works by poets, dramatists, visual artists, sculptors, photographers, and musicians are represented in this collection. Undoubtedly, many will continue to be inspired to interpret the tragedy of Pan Am 103 in ways that bring artistic beauty into the world. This collection will continue to grow as more of those works are contributed to the Archives.

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Scope and Content Note

The Artistic Responses Collection contains creative works produced by poets, dramatists, visual artists, and others in response to or inspired by the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. This collection has been divided into series for Dramatic works, Film and television, General artworks, Music, Photography, and Poetry. Included in this collection are materials related to the dramatic works "The Women of Lockerbie" and "The Bird and the Two-Ton Weight;" original artwork for the dove surrounded by the names of the 35 Syracuse University study abroad students killed in the bombing, created by Jonathan Hoefer and used as the center panel of the Remembrance Quilt; and the photograph album "Lockerbie: Beyond the Tragedy," compiled by Lawrence Mason, Jr.'s 1999 Syracuse University photography class.

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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.

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Related Material

Artistic responses donated by and/or pertaining to one family or individual can be found in individual victim and family collections.

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Artistic Responses Collection. Related collections include:

Pan Am Flight 103 Audiovisual Collection

Pan Am Flight 103 Publications Collection

Dee Britton Writings

Zachary A. Cummings Poems

Patrick Hicks Writings

Riverwalk Collection

Adam L. Wilkenfield Collection

Joan Hart Willard Papers

Dark Elegy Collection

Lawrence Mason, Jr. Papers

Remembrance Quilt Collection

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Selected Search Terms


Hoefer, Jonathan.
Kelsey, Sterett-Gittings.
Celtic Connection (Musical group)
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.

Associated Titles

As it happened (Television program)


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

Acrylic paintings (visual works)
Postage stamps.
Sheet music.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Artistic Responses Collection,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Karen DeGroot Carter, Lawrence Mason, Jr., Kathy Daniels Tedeschi, the Office of Undergraduate Studies, and various other donors between 1996 and 2019. Other materials in the collection, including the postage stamps, were purchased or acquired by the Archives. This collection consists of materials originally found in the Syracuse University: Subject Files Collection, which has been dismantled in order to from several smaller collections.

Processing Information

The Artistic Responses Collection is fully processed.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Vanessa L. St.Oegger-Menn
Date: November 2015
Revision history: Dec 2019 - A poem by Darle Wright Doran was added to the inventory (AS) ; June 2021 - Oversize 1 added, linear footage recalculated (EMB); Sept 2021 - Two items added, stylistic changes (EMB)

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Materials in the Artistic Responses Collection are arranged alphabetically within each series.

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Dramatic works
Box 1 The bird and the two-ton weight by Darcy Fowler 2008
FC 2-3 The bird and the two-ton weight posters 2008
FC 2-3 Dark elegy: a synaesthetic response posters 1996
Box 1 A remarkable story by Joan Hart Willard circa 1998
Box 1 The women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort 2005, 2014
FC 2-3 The women of Lockerbie posters 2005, 2014
Film and television
Box 1 As it happened ABC News for the History Channel 1999
Box 1 Since: the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 directed by Phil Furey circa 2015
Box 1 Daily orange dove artwork by Jonathan Hoefer 1990
MC 21-2 Illustrated 23rd psalm by Agape Victory Christian Church and World Outreach Center 1989 April 24
Box 1 Joy angel statue by Sterett-Gittings Kelsey 2010
Box 1 Marshall Islands commemorative postage stamps 2000
Oversize 1 Painting by 2014-2015 Lockerbie Scholar Megan Noble circa 2015
Box 1 Robert E. Peary High School mural 1989
Oversize 1 Syracuse lacrosse poster with Pan Am 103 bear 1990
Box 1 The Celtic connection by Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra 1995
Box 1 Down in Lockerbie by Ron and Greg Pospiel 1995
Box 1 Lights of Lockerbie by Robert J. Weitzel 1989
Box 1 Lockerbie remembered by R.G. Cameron 1989
Box 1 A place called Lockerbie by Pam Morris 1989
Box 1 Remember all by Phil Fremont Smith 1998
FC 2-3 Lockerbie: beyond the tragedy by Syracuse University photography class 1999 September
Box 1 Be thee free, flight 103 by Crucita Duran 1989
Box 1 Elegy I, elegy II, and elegy III, by Karen DeGroot Carter 1995
Box 1 Flight 103 by William B. 1988 December 25
Box 1 Flight 103 by R. Kearney 1989
Box 1 In memoriam by a 1987 DIPA parent undated
Box 1 Longest night in Lockerbie by Jerry Ackerman undated
Box 1 A message from God to all parents by Maryalice Calpin 1989 April-June
Box 1 Pan Am 103 by Darle Wright Doran 1997
Box 1 Vigil by Sally Gould undated
Box 1 Winter solstice and the white birds by Ellen M. Smith 1988 December 22-23

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