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Cynthia Joan Smith Papers

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


Creator: Smith, Cynthia Joan.
Title: Cynthia Joan Smith Papers
Dates: 1987-1995
Size: 5 folders
Abstract: Reproductions of personal papers related to Cynthia Smith, one of 35 Syracuse University students killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland
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 Cynthia Smith

Cynthia “Cindy” Joan Smith (1967-1988) was among the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. She was a junior at Syracuse University’s College of Human Development studying fashion and design marketing. She was a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority and participated in the Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA), now SU Abroad, in London. A native of Milton, Massachusetts, Cindy was survived by her parents, Edward F. and Joan C. (Fahey) Smith; a brother, Edward F. Smith Jr., and a sister, Christine M. Smith (Velyvis).

While a student at Milton High School, Cindy was involved in youth programs including softball and basketball and Peer Leadership Counseling Program. She worked with other students to help them with problems such as drinking and drug use. Cindy loved helping people. Her outgoing personality allowed her to befriend many people and she loved life. Cindy was a co-moderator of “Youth in Focus,” her high school’s cable television program. On Saturdays, Cindy would take art classes at the New England School of Art. Her portfolio was judged exceptional during her interview for admission into Syracuse University. In grammar school she was in a program for academically talented children. She also played the violin.

Cindy's parents created the "Cynthia J. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund" at Milton High School for student leaders.

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Scope and Content Note

The Cynthia Joan Smith Papers contain reproduced materials related to Cynthia Joan Smith and her family and friends. The collection includes a dedication book for the Memorial Cairn at Arlington National Cemetery in November 1995, local and international newspaper articles about the crash, a letter from Cindy's friend Matthew Trento, photographs of Cindy and her friends in London and Europe, a postcard and poem to her family, and a memorial service book.

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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 Cynthia Joan Smith Papers. Related collections include:

On Eagles' Wings Collection

Pan Am 103 SU Abroad Collection

Remembrance Quilt Collection

Matthew Cox Papers

Pan Am 103 Individuals Collection

Place of Remembrance Collection

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Selected Search Terms


Smith, Cynthia Joan.
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

Clippings (information artifacts)
Color photographs.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cynthia Joan Smith Papers,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Christine Velyvis in 2017.

Processing Information

This collection is fully processed and is housed in acid-free folders.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Emily Kraft
Date: 2018
Revision history: Oct 2021 - Stylistic changes (EMB)

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The collection is organized alphabetically.

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Location of Originals

This collection consists entirely of reproductions. The originals remain with the Smith family.

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PSC 30 Dedication of memorial cairn 1995
PSC 30 Irish newspaper clippings and photos of Cindy's visit 1988
PSC 30 Letter and photos from Matthew Trento 1988, undated
PSC 30 Local newspaper clippings 1988
PSC 30 Memorial service book undated

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