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Pan American World Airways, Inc. records, 1902-2005 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Emily Gibson

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Title: Pan American World Airways, Inc. records, 1902-2005Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1937-1982

ID: ASM0341

Creator: Pan American World Airways, Inc.

Extent: 1500.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Thanks to a grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), the records of Pan American World Airways, Inc. have been arranged by theme and in some cases format. Themes were identified by analyzing folder titles. Topic modeling analysis of the folder titles in these themes confirmed that they logically reflect the data contained therein. Folder titles were obtained from a folder inventory created by Marcia Evanson Heath, Archive Assistant, between 1999 and 2003.

Folder Numbers: Because the collection was used by researchers for twenty-three years prior to the finding aid revision, original location information has been repurposed as folder numbers. Folder numbers therefore consists of three numbers: original accession number, original box number, and original folder number.

Themes:  Themes are intended to guide your search and are structured from general to specific. For example, folders containing information pertaining to the Boeing 747 fall under the theme “Aircraft, Airplanes, Boeing, 747.”

Cross-references: Individual folders pertaining to more than one theme and subtheme have been cross-referenced so that a keyword search using the find command (Ctrl-F, or Command-F on the Mac) for a specific theme and subtheme will recall folders not listed under that theme and subtheme. For example, a keyword search for “Aircraft, Airplanes, Boeing, 747” will recall folders pertaining to the Boeing 747 that are listed under other themes and subthemes, such as “Technical Operations,  Manuals.”

Folder Descriptions: Many folders include descriptions providing an overview of the contents, with particular attention to topics covered, the presence of photographs, audiovisual material, graphic material, and 3-D objects that can be found inside, and the bulk of folders. Topical descriptions utilizing the verb “contain” indicate that the contents of the folder pertain exclusively to the topic described. Topical descriptions utilizing the verb “include” indicate that the contents of the folder pertain to the topic described as well as other topics not described. For bulky folders, which have been divided into smaller folders, the number of subfolders is provided in these descriptions.

Format Organization: Folders consisting exclusively of photographs, audiovisual material, or graphic material and 3-D objects have been organized by format and then by theme. Thematic organization of the "Photographs" series follows the thematic organization of the rest of the collection. For example, photographs of the Boeing 747 are found under “Photographs, Aircraft, Airplanes, Boeing, 747.” Folders containing documents as well as photographs, audiovisual material, graphic material and 3-D objects have not been organized by format.

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Formats/Genres: Administrative reports, Archives, Clippings (information artifacts), Contracts, Dockets, Financial records, Logs (Records), Manuals (instructional materials), Minutes (administrative records), Pamphlets, Periodicals, Press kits, Press releases, Proceedings, Sales records, Transportation timetables

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian, French, Portuguese

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records of Pan American World Airways Inc. begin with the company's founding in 1927 and document the 64 year lifespan of a pioneer airline and international symbol of adventure and romance. The 1,500 linear foot collection contains evidence of Pan Am’s long list of accomplishments, which includes being: the first American airline to operate a permanent international air service, the first American airline to use radio communications, the first American airline to develop an airport and airways traffic control system, the first American airline to employ cabin attendants and serve meals aloft, the first American airline to develop a complete aviation weather service, the first airline in the world to offer scheduled transpacific passenger and mail service, the first airline in the world to offer scheduled transatlantic passenger and mail service, and the first airline to operate jets within the continental United States.

Among the many divisions, departments, offices and individuals that contributed to the daily operations of Pan Am reflected in this collection are: the Alaska Division, the Atlantic Division, the Latin American Division, China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC), Pan American Grace Airways (Panagra), the Technical Assistance Program, the legal department, the library, and the offices of: Pan Am Founder and Chief Executive Officer Juan T. Trippe, Andre Priester, C. Edward Acker, Charles Vaughn, Erwin Balluder, Everette M. Goulard, Franklin Gledhill, G. Erskine Rice, George Rihl, H. Preston Morris, Harold Bixby, Harold E. Gray, Humphrey Toomey, John C. Leslie, John C. Pirie, Karl Lueder, Kathy Babl, Najeeb E. Halaby, Mike Clark, Peter Paul von Bauer Chlumecky, Robert G. Thach, Russel L. Ray, Jr., Samuel Pryor, Sergio Bettancourt, Thomas G. Plaskett, William Langhorne Bond, William Mallory, William T. Seawell, William Van Dusen, and Willis Player.

The types of records contained in the collection include: administrative reports, clippings (newspapers, magazines, etc.), contracts (agreements, legal instruments, etc.), corporate minutes, correspondence (letters, memos, telegraphs, telexes, etc.), financial records (financial statements, bonds, expense accounts, taxation, etc.), legal records (trial and arbitral proceedings, dockets, applications for court orders, exhibits, etc.), logbooks, manuals, pamphlets (booklets, brochures, etc.), periodicals, press kits, press releases, sales records (purchase agreements, invoices, etc.), and timetables. Additionally, the collection contains audiovisual material, graphic material and over 2,000 folders of photographs.

Among the noteworthy people referenced in the collection are: famed aviator and technical assistant to Pan Am, Charles Lindbergh; Haitian writer Pradel Pompilus; famed navigator and aviation pioneer Frederick “Fred” Noonan; the Beatles; Raquel Welch; former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill; former Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan; and former First Ladies Eleanor Roosevelt and Mamie Eisenhower.

Collection highlights include: correspondence between Charles A. Lindbergh and Juan Trippe from 1933 regarding the establishment of a transatlantic air route, many internal publications containing detailed accounts of everything from the operations of company divisions to biweekly memoranda from Juan Trippe to top executives regarding changes to corporate structure, hundreds of files documenting the vital role Pan Am played in World War II, and the records of National Airlines obtained during the Pan Am/National Airlines merger in 1980.

Absent from the collection are employee medical and personnel records. These were retained by Pan Am during bankruptcy proceedings. Their disposition is unknown.

Subject/Index Terms

Aeronautics, Commercial - History
Air Line Pilots Association
Aviation history
Douglas Aircraft Company
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
Flight attendants
Jet planes
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitgerald), 1917-1963
Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
Martin airplanes
MetLife Building (New York, N.Y.)
Pan American World Airways, Inc.
Pilots
Reagan, Ronald
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Seaplane bases
Sikorsky aircraft
Supersonic transport planes
Terrorism
Transatlantic flights
Transpacific flights
World War II, 1939-1945.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is open for research, but is kept in an off campus storage facility. Please contact Special Collections with the boxes you are interested in prior to your visit, and allow up to 1 week for delivery of materials.

**NOTICE** - The following boxes are currently unavailable for research as they have been sent out to be digitized as part of the NHPRC Digitization grant initiative:

Printed Materials, Brochures and Booklets, Destinations, Box 1

Printed Materials, Brochures and Booklets, Other, Box 1 and 2

Printed Materials, Directories, Box 1

Printed Materials, Timetables, Box 1-7

Printed Materials, Periodicals, Box 1-40

Use Restrictions: Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records Finding Aid © 2014 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to asc.library@miami.edu.

Technical Access Note: Some audiovisual material may not be used due to hardware restrictions.

Related Materials: The following adjacent collections are available for research at Special Collections: Basil Rowe Papers, Clipper Pioneers Collection, Daniele Desmoulins Perez-Venero Papers, Dolores Pla Menocal Photograph Collection, Donald W. Thomson Papers, Dorothy Brannen Thomas Collection, Dorothy E. Mills Collection, F. Charles Ruegg Papers, Humphrey W. Toomey Papers, Ione Wright Papers, J. H. Brown Papers, James Wendler Collection, Kimball J. Scribner Collection, L. J. Easterbrook Papers, Leonard Albasi/Gill Family Collection, Louis J. Hector Papers, Pan American Historical Foundation Records, Port Washington Public Library Oral History Collection, R. A. Seymour Papers, Randy Liebermann Collection, Sidney Serebreny Papers, Roy Keeler Collection, Vincent A. Jablon Papers, William C. House Papers, and William J. McEvoy Papers. We also recommend these collections housed by external organizations: Charles Augustus Lindbergh Papers (Yale University Library), Florida Photographic Collection (Florida Memory Project), State Archives of Florida History of Aviation Collection, University of Texas Special Collections, Pan American World Airways Collection (HistoryMiami), Records of the Civil Aeronautics Board (National Archives), San Diego Air and Space Museum Archival Collection, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Archival Collections, and Syracuse University Pan Am Flight 103 Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives. For more information please see http://sp.library.miami.edu/subjects/PanAM.

Preferred Citation: Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Finding Aid Revision History:

In 2012, the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections was awarded a two year grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) to enhance access to this collection. This finding aid, published in November 2014, was the result of that grant.

The following people were vital to the successful completion of the grant:

Project Director: Beatrice Skokan

Project Archivist: Emily Gibson

Project Assistant: Cory Czajkowski

Special Collections Assistants and Volunteers: Piero Trinchero, Brook Cathey, Briana Tonns, Kathryn Garcia, Marie Hanewinckel, Nate Mensink, Natasha Mijares, Lyn Moulton, Kriti Sood, and Lissette St. Michele

Conservation: Scott Reinke, Preservation Administrator; Duvy Argandona, Assistant Conservator

Cataloging: Hui-Jiuan Sheng

Finding Aid Programming: Jamie Little

Other Note: Finding aid made possible by a two year grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC).


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Corporate and General, 1920-1994],
[Series 2: Aircraft, 1919-1992],
[Series 3: Disasters, 1929-2000],
[Series 4: Divisions and Affiliates, 1924-1995],
[Series 5: Flight and Route Information, 1922-1991],
[Series 6: History Projects, 1902-2000],
[Series 7: Labor Relations, 1928-1990],
[Series 8: Legislation and Regulation, 1920-1993],
[Series 9: Military Cooperation, 1927-1996],
[Series 10: Personnel, 1912-2005],
[Series 11: Properties and Facilities, 1921-1994],
[Series 12: Public Relations and Marketing, 1927-1992],
[Series 13: Technical Operations, 1919-1991],
[Series 14: Audiovisual Material],
[Series 15: Graphic Material and 3D Objects, 1903-1985],
[Series 16: Photographs, 1918-1990],
[Series 17: Printed Material, 1929-1991],
[Series 18: National Airlines Records, 1944-1987],
[Series 19: Aviation History Web Collection],
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Series 19: Aviation History Web CollectionAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
The collection archives the websites of the Pan Am Historical Foundation, World Wings International and the Clipper Pioneers. These organizations were founded by former employees of Pan American World Airways, Inc. (1927-1991) to preserve the history of the airline. The company was a pioneer in international air travel, the development of aviation equipment, air routes, commercial passenger service, navigation techniques, and communication systems.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Corporate and General, 1920-1994],
[Series 2: Aircraft, 1919-1992],
[Series 3: Disasters, 1929-2000],
[Series 4: Divisions and Affiliates, 1924-1995],
[Series 5: Flight and Route Information, 1922-1991],
[Series 6: History Projects, 1902-2000],
[Series 7: Labor Relations, 1928-1990],
[Series 8: Legislation and Regulation, 1920-1993],
[Series 9: Military Cooperation, 1927-1996],
[Series 10: Personnel, 1912-2005],
[Series 11: Properties and Facilities, 1921-1994],
[Series 12: Public Relations and Marketing, 1927-1992],
[Series 13: Technical Operations, 1919-1991],
[Series 14: Audiovisual Material],
[Series 15: Graphic Material and 3D Objects, 1903-1985],
[Series 16: Photographs, 1918-1990],
[Series 17: Printed Material, 1929-1991],
[Series 18: National Airlines Records, 1944-1987],
[Series 19: Aviation History Web Collection],
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