The University of Miami Libraries Special Collections is home to the Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records. From Pan Am’s founding in 1927 through its closing in 1991, Pan Am was a pioneer in the development of aviation equipment, air routes, commercial passenger service, navigation techniques, and communication systems. The collection is comprised of approximately fifteen hundred boxes of administrative, legal, financial, technical and promotional materials, as well as internal publications, photographs, audiovisual material and graphic material.
A processing grant awarded in 2012 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) allowed these materials to be preserved, re-housed, and reorganized thematically, as well as the creation of a web-based finding aid. Two additional digitization grants from both NHPRC and Council on Library & Information Resources (CLIR) have made a considerable portion of the physical collection accessible online and freely available to the public. However, the overwhelming majority of the enormous physical collection remains in analog form and is stored off campus.
This site features useful information for researching both the physical and digital collections, as well as links to additional resources related to Pan Am. For more information about the Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records, please contact Special Collections.