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Condolences Collection

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

Finding aid created by: Cara A. Howe
Date: 2012

Historical Note

On December 21, 1988 Syracuse University lost 35 students from its Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA) when Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland. This grief was shared by many other colleges and universities, some that lost students on Pan Am 103 and others that had not, individuals, the nation and the world. This grief is made palpable through these letters of condolence.

Scope and Content Note

The Condolences Collection contains Condolence Letters and Remembrances in Prayer that were sent to Syracuse University by other colleges and universities and individuals mourning the deaths on Pan Am Flight 103 of 35 students studying abroad with Syracuse University. This collection also contains the Thank You Letters Syracuse University sent in response to the influx of condolences.


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

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

Pan Am 103 Correspondence Collection

Victim and Family Collections

Selected Search Terms


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


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Condolences Collection,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The Condolences Collection was donated by the Office of Undergraduate Studies, where the Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA) was located at the time of the Pan Am 103 bombing.

Processing Information

The Condolences Collection has been processed.


The materials in The Condolences Collection are organized chronologically within each series, with the exception of condolence letters from Schools, Colleges, and Universities, which are arranged alphabetically by institution.

Table of Contents

Condolence Letters

Remembrances in Prayer

Thank You Letters