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Kenneth John Bissett Family Collection

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


Creator: Bissett family.
Title: Kenneth John Bissett Family Collection
Dates: 1967, 1999-2014
Size: 8.25 linear feet
Abstract: Materials related to Kenneth Bissett, one of 35 Syracuse University students killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland
Language: English
Repository: Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010


Kenneth John Bissett

Kenneth John Bissett (1967-1988) was among the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. He was a Cornell University junior studying with Syracuse University's DIPA program. He was concerned about terrorism and turned the subject into his advertising project in London. Ken had hoped to become a writer, and while he had been enrolled in the engineering program, he transferred to communications. Ken, an only child, was survived by his parents, John and Florence Bissett of Hartsdale, New York.

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Scope and Content Note

The Kenneth John Bissett Family Collection contains the following series:

Audiovisual: consists of a recording of the memorial service held in Ken's honor at Cornell University on February 1, 1989; a DVD of "Recollections from Cornell" featuring a roommate and a neighbor of Ken's; and a DVD of "My Lost Son," a documentary about Ken's birth mother - Carol King Eckersley.

Artwork: is a diverse collection of Ken's drawings, original comic books, paintings and sketches. The majority of the material consists of superhero character sketches, both original and of his favorite Marvel heroes, as well as drafts and final versions of his own comic books and story lines.

Clippings: is made up of two files. The first contains clippings reporting on the National Merit Scholars, an award Ken received. The second file is dedicated to articles relating to the Pan Am Flight 103 disaster.

Correspondence: contains personal cards and letters written by and to Ken as well as sympathy cards and letters to Ken's parents, John and Florence Bissett. The series also includes correspondence regarding Ken's study abroad.

Memorabilia: consists of graduation tassels, ribbons, a varsity letter patch, and a paper graduation decoration.

Photographs: albums and loose photographs from Ken's infancy to college years are found here. Also included are photographs of memorials in Lockerbie, Scotland.

Printed material: is a diverse series consisting of awards and certificates, diplomas and programs, as well as material from memorials and services.

Writings: offers extensive insight into Ken's passion for writing. From as early as elementary school through his high school and college years, it was obvious he had a creative talent.

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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

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Kenneth John Bissett Family Collection. Related collections include:

On Eagles' Wings Collection

Pan Am 103 Individuals Collection

Remembrance Quilt Collection

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Selected Search Terms


Bissett family.
Bissett, Kenneth.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


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)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Kenneth John Bissett Family Collection,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of John and Florence Bissett in 1990, Raymond Zaccardi in 2003, and Susie Taylor and Brian O. Earle in 2014.

Processing Information

The Kenneth John Bissett Family Collection is processed. Materials were placed in acid-free folders and boxes.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Diana Chavez
Date: 2013
Revision history: Mar 2015 - Stylistic changes (VSOM); Jun 2016 - New accessions integrated, Scope and Content updated (VSOM); Feb 2018 - Stylistic changes (VSOM); Apr 2021 - Oversize items reboxed, extent updated (VSOM)

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The Kenneth John Bissett Family Collection is arranged alphabetically.

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Box 1 Memorial service, Cornell University F/V 2650 February 1, 1989 CD
Box 1 "My Lost Son" (BBC) August 2014 DVD
Box 1 "Recollections from Cornell" 1999 DVD
Box 1 Character sketches 1979, 1980, 1984, undated
Oversize 2 Character sketches 1979, 1981, undated
MC 21-4 Character sketches 1980
Box 1 Comic books March 1979 - May 1979, 1981, undated
 Star Knight comic book
Box 1 Loose comics March 1979, 1980, undated
 Utonic Man comic book cover
Oversize 1 Model car, Cub Scout Den 4 Pine Wood Derby undated
Oversize 2 Schoolwork undated
 Tokyo Has Fallen
 Bowing Down
Box 1 Self portraits 1973, undated
Oversize 2 Self portraits undated
Box 1 Vehicle sketches 1976, undated
 Armageddon, drawing of fighter jets
Box 1 Merit Scholars award undated
Box 1 Pan Am Flight 103 disaster January 1989, 2006, undated
 Obituary from The Student Voice
Box 1 Administrative 14 June 1985-30 November 1988, undated
Box 1 Marvel Comics undated
 Letter to Marvel Comics
Box 1 Personal correspondence of Ken Bissett 14 June 1981-17 November 1988, undated
Box 1 Sympathy cards and letters December 1988-January 1990, undated
 Letter from Florence Bissett to Georgia Nucci
Box 1 Graduation paper decoration undated
Box 1 Graduation tassel 1981
Box 1 Middle school graduation ribbon 1981
Box 1 Varsity letter patch 1985
Oversize 1 Album circa 1967-1988
Box 2 Baby circa 1967-1968
 Baby photo
 Newborn photo
Box 2 Childhood June 1973, November 1978, undated
 Ken Bissett on a ride in Hershey, Pennsylvania
Box 2 High school and college 1981-1982, 1985, January 1988, undated
  Ken Bissett
  Ken Bissett in the United Kingdom
  Ken Bissett posing with gargoyle statue
Box 2 Memorials in Lockerbie undated
Box 2 Posters undated
Box 2 School projects undated
Printed material
Box 2 Awards and certificates 24 March 1977-3 June 1985
Box 2 Diplomas 7 June 1973-12 June 1981
Box 2 Disneyworld 28 May 1987
Box 2 Letterhead 1984
Box 2 Membership cards undated
Box 2 Memorials circa 1989
Box 2 Memorial services January 1989-June 1990, undated
 Program for memorial service at Sacred Heart Church
 The Day of the Longest Night memorial service
Box 2 Programs May 1981-June 1985, undated
Box 2 College 26 April 1988, 15 December 1988,
Box 2 Elementary school 27 December 1978, 15 March 1979,
Box 2 High school 7 March 1984
Box 2 Publications November 1987-January 1988
Box 2 Vanston Monthly Herald 1978
Box 2 School writings undated

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