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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

Finding aid created by: Vanessa L. St.Oegger-Menn
Date: November 2015

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.

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.


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

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

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.

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.


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

Table of Contents

Dramatic works

Film and television