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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


Finding aid created by: Ariana Spatola
Date: August 2019



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.


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.


Alternative Formats

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


Restrictions

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.


Related Material

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Memorial Cairn at Arlington National Cemetery Records. Related collections include:

Donald T. Bogie Papers

Francis J. Duggan Collection

Robert Gerard Fortune Family Papers

Christopher Andrew Jones Family Papers

Patricia Ann Klein Family Collection

On Eagles' Wings Collection

Thomas Britton Schultz Family Papers

Elia G. Stratis Family Papers

Pan Am 103 College of Law Collection

Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. Collection


Selected Search Terms

Names

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

Subjects

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.
Correspondence.
Design drawings.
Photographs.

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.


Arrangement

Materials are arranged in alphabetical order.


Table of Contents

Correspondence

Design

Photographs

Project management files

Subject files


Inventory