Special Collections Research Center Exhibition: "In Pursuit of Justice: Pan Am Flight 103"

Aug. 24, 2023, noon

people standing outside protesting
Pan Am 103 family members and supporters at 103rd Day Rally in Washington, D.C., 3 April 1989. Richard Paul Monetti Family Papers, Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives

Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center’s (SCRC) new exhibition titled “In Pursuit of Justice: Pan Am Flight 103” will be on view September 5, 2023 through the Fall 2023 semester. The exhibition commemorates the 35th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland that claimed the lives of 270 individuals, including 35 students returning from studying abroad through Syracuse University. It will be on display on the 6th floor of Bird Library. An opening reception for the exhibition is being held on Thursday, September 21 at 4:30 p.m. Those interested in attending should register.

Curated by Pan Am 103 Archivist Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn, the exhibition features materials donated to the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at SCRC by the victims’ loved ones, communities, and members of the recovery and investigative teams. It provides an overview of the disaster, investigation and first trial at Kamp van Zeist in the Netherlands.

In Pursuit of Justice: Pan Am Flight 103 is a tribute to the 270 lives lost on December 21, 1988,” said Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn. "The investigation, collective action, and changes to victims' services that followed the bombing are just some of the enduring examples of how the disaster continues to shape contemporary conversations around terrorism and trauma. This exhibition provides a glimpse into the journey from the longest night of the year in a small Scottish town to the present day."

About Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) and Syracuse University Libraries:

Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center collects, preserves and provides access to materials that document the history of Syracuse University and our global society, including rare printed materials, original manuscripts, photographs, artworks, audio and moving image recordings, University records and more. Collection areas include activism and social reform, radicalism in the arts, architecture and industrial design, photography, the history of recorded sound and more. Located on the 6th floor of Bird Library, the SCRC is a vibrant research and learning environment for Syracuse University students, faculty and the broader scholarly community, providing access to world-renowned rare and archival collections and expert guidance in their use to facilitate personal discovery and the creation of new knowledge.

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