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Tom Gordon Papers

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


Creator: Gordon, Tom
Title: Tom Gordon Papers
Dates: circa 1990-2007
Size: 4 folders
Abstract: Materials related to Tom Gordon's service with the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary related to the bombing and crash of Pan Am Flight 103
Language: English
Repository: Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010


Photograph of Tom Gordon

Tom Gordon was a Detective Sergeant with the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary in 1988. Tom worked on the Pan Am 103 investigation in various capacities until his retirement from the force in 2013. Tom was most heavily involved with the HOLMES system, which catalogued all the evidence and data relating to the criminal inquiry into the bombing.

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Scope and Content Note

The Tom Gordon Papers consists of memorabilia, photographs, and other materials related to Tom Gordon's experience as a member of the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary during the Pan Am 103 investigation. The collection is divided into the following series:

Memorabilia contains items generally related to the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, as well as photographs and documentation related to a commemorative service ring bestowed on Gordon for his service in the Lockerbie Investigation.

Photographs consists of two items, one featuring Gordon receiving a commemorative plaque, the other featuring the Lockerbie Incident Control Centre (LICC) staff.

Printed materials contains materials related to the criminal inquiry of the Pan Am 103 disaster, and Gordon's associated work.

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Alternative Formats

Selected images also available as digital files (Archives Image 14-0579; Archives Image 13-0592; Archives Image 13-0593).

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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 Tom Gordon Papers. Related collections include:

Police Scotland Collection

Pan Am 103 Story Archives Collection

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Selected Search Terms


Gordon, Tom.
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

Tom Gordon Papers,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Tom Gordon in 2013.

Processing Information

The Tom Gordon Papers are fully processed.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Vanessa L. St.Oegger-Menn
Date: February 2015
Revision history: Oct 2021 - Stylistic changes (EMB)

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PSC 9 Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary undated
PSC 9 Ring to signify personnel attached to Lockerbie investigation circa 1990
 Ring given to those involved with the Pan Am 103 disaster 2 years on -belonged to Tom Gordon
 Second image of ring belonging to Tom Gordon
 Third image of ring belonging to Tom Gordon
PSC 9 LICC staff 1991 November
Printed materials
PSC 9 "The Sunday people" 1991 November 17
PSC 9 Lockerbie trial: the policing experience 2001 November
PSC 9 Force: a contemporary portrait of Scotland's police 2007

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