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Frances Forde Plude Papers

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


Creator: Plude, Frances Forde.
Title: Frances Forde Plude Papers
Dates: 1972-1994
Size: 2 boxes (1 linear foot)
Abstract: Research on media coverage of Pan Am Flight 103 done by Frances Forde Plude during her time at Syracuse University
Language: English
Repository: Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010


Frances Forde Plude was a professor in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University from 1988 to 1994. Plude received a doctorate from Harvard University, and went to MIT to study satellite communications. While working at Syracuse University she was involved with research for the book The Media and Disasters: Pan Am 103.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of materials related to the research and creation of the book The Media and Disasters: Pan Am 103, authored by Joan Deppa with Maria Russell, Dona Hayes, and Elizabeth Flocke. Materials are dated 1972 to 1994. Types of materials in this collection include, newspapers, memos, correspondence, notes, forms, reports, questionnaires, and journal articles. The content primarily focuses on the research process including research files, media coverage of other disasters, research questionnaires and forms, correspondence between key people involved in the process, and meeting notes.

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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 media coverage of the disaster, as well as other books written about it. Related collections include: Pan Am Flight 103 Publications Collection, Pan Am 103 Clippings Collection, Tom Foster Papers, and Matthew Cox Papers.

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Selected Search Terms


Plude, Frances Forde.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.

Associated Titles

The Media and Disasters: Pan Am 103.


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)
College teachers.
Higher education.

Types of material

Clippings (information artifacts)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frances Forde Plude Papers,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Frances Forde Plude donated this collection to the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives in 2017.

Processing Information

Materials were placed into new folders and boxes.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Natalie Pace
Date: 2019
Revision history:

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This collection is arranged in alphabetical order.

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Box 1 American Psychological Association convention materials 1990
Box 1 Book schedules, outlines, and draft 1990
Box 1 Conference presentations/Pan Am 1989-1990
Box 1 Deppa papers on the media 1990
Box 1 Development and leaves committee 1990
Box 1 Disaster research 1985-1994
Box 1 Family response 1990
Box 1 Focus groups-parents weekend/forms 1989-1990
Box 1 Letter to parents 1990
Box 1 Lockerbie data 1988-1989
Box 1 Notes undated
Box 1 Official memorials 1989-1990
Box 1 Other disaster materials 1986
Box 1 Pan Am/Army research 1987-1989
Box 2 Pan Am data 1988-1990
Box 2 Pan Am/faculty notes and project meetings 1989
Box 2 Pan Am/meetings 1989-1990
Box 2 Pan Am news coverage 1989-1994
Box 2 Pan Am/project descriptions 1989-1990
Box 2 Plude focus groups 1990
Box 2 Publications regarding Pan Am 1990-1991
Box 2 Quarantelli/disaster RES Center, New York, Delaware 1972-1989
Box 2 Research group materials 1989-1992
Box 2 Syracuse University and Pan Am news and TV programs 1989
Box 2 Syracuse University letters of response 1988-1989

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