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Gary Leonard Colasanti Papers

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


Creator: Colasanti, Gary Leonard.
Title: Gary Leonard Colasanti Papers
Dates: 1988-1991
Size: 2.25 linear ft
Abstract: Materials related to Gary Colasanti, one of the 35 students killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 while returning from studying abroad through Syracuse University's Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA)
Language: English
Repository: Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010


Gary Leonard Colasanti

Gary Leonard Colasanti (1968-1988) was among the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. He was a junior at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University majoring in advertising. Gary was an avid skier who lettered in soccer and tennis in high school. He was also an artist from a young age and received a certificate of merit from the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards in 1985. Gary was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He is remembered by family and friends as "caring, warm, and very special. His ever-present smile and unique sense of humor touched the hearts of many."

Gary was survived by his parents, Leonard and Joanne of Melrose, Massachusetts, as well as a sister, Karyn, a brother, Paul, and a paternal grandmother and maternal grandfather.

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Scope and Content Note

The Gary Leonard Colasanti Papers contain four series Clippings, Correspondence-subject files, Personal effects, and Photographs.

The Correspondence-subject files series contains correspondence with the American Consulate in Scotland, as well as the eulogy given by Gary's father, Leonard Colasanti, at his funeral.

The Clippings series contains folders for obituaries and for a memorial scholarship fund established in Gary's name at Melrose High School, where he had graduated in 1986.

Personal effects consist of Gary Colasanti's personal belongings that were returned to the Colasanti family from the crash site at Lockerbie, Scotland.

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Access Restrictions

The Archives is unable to create an access copy of the media in 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 Gary Leonard Colasanti Papers. Related collections include:

On Eagle's Wings Collection

Pan Am Flight 103 Audiovisual Collection

Pan Am 103 Individuals Collection

Remembrance Quilt Collection

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Selected Search Terms


Colasanti, Gary Leonard.
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)

Types of material

Camera cases.
Cameras (photographic equipment)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Eulogies (documents)
Identity cards.
Magnetic tapes.
Travel documents.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Gary Leonard Colasanti Papers,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Colasanti family in 1990 and 2022.

Processing Information

Materials were placed in acid free folders and acid free boxes. All photographs were placed in mylar sleeves.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Cara A. Howe
Date: 2013
Revision history: Mar 2015 - Stylistic changes (VSOM); Feb 2018 - Stylistic changes (VSOM); Aug 2023 - 1.2 linear ft of materials added, Personal effects series added, Subject files series renamed to Correspondence-subject files, 1 photograph added to Photographs series (SS); Feb 2024 - 0.75 linear ft of materials added (SS)

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The Gary Leonard Colasanti Papers are arranged alphabetically by and within each series.

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Box 1 General 1988-1989
Box 1 Obituaries December 1988- March 1989
Box 1 Scholarship fund 27-28 December 1988
Correspondence-subject files
Box 1 American Consulate General at Edinburgh 1989
Box 1 Boarding pass and itinerary 1988
Box 1 Death certificate 14 February 1991
Box 1 Eulogy for Gary Leonard Colasanti, by Leonard Colasanti [father] 30 December 1988
 Eulogy for Gary Leonard Colasanti
Box 1 Syracuse University Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA) acceptance 17 August 1988
Personal effects
Oversize 2 Camera and camera case undated
Box 1 Checkbook undated
Box 1 Credit cards undated
Oversize 1 Electric razor undated
Oversize 1 International plug adapters undated
Box 1 International student identity card 1988
Box 1 Passport 1988
Box 1 Suitcase keys undated
Box 2 [untitled security computer tape] undated (Magnetic data tape: 9-track) (ID#: pa103_colasanti_gl_001)
Box 1 Wallet undated
Box 1 Portraits undated

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