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Memorial Cairn at Arlington National Cemetery Records

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


Creator: Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc.
Title: Memorial Cairn at Arlington National Cemetery Records
Dates: 1979-2013
Size: 5 boxes and 3 tubes, 17.75 linear feet
Abstract: Planning documents, concept art, and committee files related to the construction of the Lockerbie Memorial Cairn at Arlington National Cemetery
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

The Lockerbie Memorial Cairn memorializes the loss of 270 lives in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988 and is a gift of the people of Scotland to the people of the United States, financed entirely through private donations. Senate Joint Resolution 129, which designated Arlington National Cemetery as the site of the memorial cairn, was signed into law by President Clinton in November 1993. The groundbreaking ceremony was held December 21, 1993, the fifth anniversary of the disaster, and the Cairn was dedicated on November 3, 1995. Deirdre Fortune, wife of Pan Am 103 victim Robert Fortune, maintained extensive documentation of the design and construction process of the Cairn, including reports presented to National Security Advisor Tony Lake, the Commission of Fine Arts, and Secretary of the Army Togo West. These materials are included in this collection.

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Scope and Content Note

The Memorial Cairn at Arlington National Cemetery Records is comprised of materials pertaining to the design, construction, and dedication of the Lockerbie Memorial Cairn at Arlington National Cemetery. The Records contains series for Correspondence, Design, Photographs, Project management files, and Subject files. The Correspondence series contains both incoming and outgoing general correspondence related to various aspects of the fundraising, design, and planning of the Memorial Cairn. Included are letters to Haines Lundburg Waehler, the architectural firm which supplied pro-bono landscape architectural services including site design and orientation, materials selection, engineering services, and presentation and design drawings; Miller Druck Specialty Contracting, Inc., the firm employed as contractors for the Cairn; Donald T. Bogie, the Cairn's designer, and former Director of Environmental & Leisure Services for the Annandale & Eskdale District Council; and J. Clayton Bright, the sculptor who created the Cairn's dedication plaque. Bright is the brother of Pan Am 103 victim Nicholas Bright. The Design series includes original architectural drawings and conceptual artwork for the Cairn and surrounding grounds. The Photographs series includes photographs of the various construction phases of the Cairn, as well as members of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. Collected correspondence, planning documents, and reference files comprise the Project management files series. Finally, the Subject files series consists of materials related to various aspects of the Memorial Cairn and its planning process. These files include reports compiled for the Commission of Fine Arts and informational packets presented to the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. membership by the Cairn Committee.

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Alternative Formats

Selected materials from this collection have been digitized. Please contact the archivist for further information on accessing the materials.

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Access Restrictions

Please note that financial records included in the planning binders in the Project management files series and the budget folder in the Subject files series are restricted.

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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Selected Search Terms


Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.
Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 Inc.


Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, Va.)
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

Architectural drawings (visual works)
Base maps.
Design drawings.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Memorial Cairn at Arlington National Cemetery Records,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Deirdre Fortune donated the Memorial Cairn at Arlington National Cemetery Records in 2011 and 2015.

Processing Information

Materials were removed from the Robert Gerard Fortune Family Papers to create the Memorial Cairn at Arlington National Cemetery Records. Materials were placed in acid free folders, boxes, and tubes.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Ariana Spatola
Date: August 2019
Revision history:

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Materials are arranged in alphabetical order.

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Box 3 Cairn name verification and plaque 1994-1995 2009
Box 3 Commission of fine arts 1994-1995
Box 3 Department of the Army 1993-1995
Box 3 Bernstein, Stephanie 1995
Box 3 Blauvelt, Mike 1994-1995
Box 3 Bogie, Donald (designer) 1994
Box 3 Bright, Clayton (sculptor) 1995
Box 3 Duggan, Frank 1993-1994
Box 3 Foley, Robert 1995-1996
Box 3 Fortune, Deirdre 1986-1991
Box 3 Horgan, Joe 1993-1995
Box 3 Kolesar, Geri 1994
Box 3 Mack, Richard 1994-1995
Box 3 Metzler, John 1994-1995
Box 3 Vargo, Trina 1993-1994
Box 3 Haines Lundberg Waehler 1990-1996
Box 3 Lockerbie air disaster trust 1990
Box 3 Miller Druck specialty contracting 1987-1995
Box 3 Miniature cairn 1996-1997
Box 3 National security council 1994-1995
Tube 3 Architectural plans undated
Box 2 Arlington site information and plan 1993-1995
Box 2 Base shroud 1995
Box 2 Concept art undated
Oversize 1 Conceptual design revision No.1 and 1A, submitted for review to the commission of fine arts 1994
Box 2 Corsehill stones 1991
Box 2 Development 1993
Oversize 1 Grounds undated
Oversize 1 Haines Lundberg Waehler (Architects) presentation/design drawings and plans 1994 undated
Oversize 1 Names and typography undated
Oversize 1 Plaque 1995
Tube 3 Site plan undated
Tube 1 Stone blueprints July 31, 1995
Tube 2 Stone blueprints July 31, 1995, August 8, 1995
Oversize 1 Stone configuration 1991 undated
Box 2 General 1991
Project management files
Planning binders
RESTRICTED: Please note that some materials in these folders are restricted.
Box 1 Correspondence and budget 1993-1995 (5 folders)
Box 1 Correspondence and general information 1994-1995
Box 1 Memorial cairn committee and construction plans 1993-1995
Presentation binders
Box 2 Public awareness campaign 1995
Box 2 Reference file for meeting with secretary of the army, Togo West 1993-1995
Subject files
Box 4 103rd congress of the United States, first session circa 1990
Box 4 Administration, operation, and maintenance of Army cemeteries Army pamphlet 1991
Box 1 Budget 1994-1995
RESTRICTED: Please note that some materials in this folder are restricted.
Box 4 Cairn organization committee 1994
Box 4 Certificate of appreciation 2013
Box 4 Commission of fine arts meeting minutes 1994
Box 4 Dedication ceremony and memorial services 1995-1998
Box 4 Document package 1994
Box 4 Dunhouse quarry company 1995
Box 4 Federal register part 3 (commission of fine arts) 1979 1994
Box 4 Haines Lundberg Waehler 1994 undated
Box 4 History of cairn 1993
Box 4 Justice for Pan Am 1998
Box 4 Lettering in stone - Ann Hawkins 1992-1995
Box 4 Line of march 1995
Box 4 Miscellaneous notes 1994-1998 undated
Box 4 Name verification 1994
Box 4 Philadelphia inquirer 1993
Box 4 Preliminary design concept presentations 1994
Box 4 Program of requirements 1994
Box 4 Scotland cairn documentation 1991
Box 4 Truth quest 1995
Box 4 Wheeler, John P III 2011

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