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Jane Maxwell Papers

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

Finding aid created by: Vanessa L. St.Oegger-Menn
Date: 2016 February


Photograph of Jane Maxwell

Jane Maxwell was a radiographer (x-ray technician) with the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary in 1988, and volunteered to serve as a member of the forensic radiography team in the aftermath of the Lockerbie bombing. Jane, along with her colleagues, worked under ad hoc conditions for nearly three weeks in order to facilitate postmortem examinations of the victims for investigative and identification purposes. Her husband, Roland Maxwell, was a local firefighter and was involved in the recovery process. Following the Air Disaster, Jane joined the Northern and Yorkshire Region Forensic Team, part of a new system implemented to ensure medical and emergency personnel from the area nearest a disaster of this kind are not solely responsible for recovery and forensic duties.

Scope and Content Note

The Jane Maxwell Papers contains two items related to Jane Maxwell's experience as a radiographer participating in the aftermath of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. These items include written accounts of her experiences, and a scarf presented to her by the Lockerbie Council in thanks for her service. She has also recorded an oral history, which is available on through the Pan Am 103 Story Archives webpage.

Alternative Formats

Selected materials from this collection may be available digitally. Please contact the archivist for further information on accessing the materials.


Access Restrictions:

Jane Maxwell's written account is available onsite only, and may not be reproduced.

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 Jane Maxwell Papers. Related collections include:

Jane Gibson Collection

Pan Am 103 Story Archives Collection

Selected Search Terms


Maxwell, Jane.
Maxwell, Roland.
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

Scarves (costume accessories)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jane Maxwell Papers,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jane and Roland Maxwell in 2013.

Processing Information

The Jane Maxwell Papers are fully processed.


Materials are arranged alphabetically.

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