Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records


The Special Collections of University of Miami Libraries is home to the Pan American World Airways, Inc. (Pan Am) Records. From Pan Am's founding in 1927 through its closing in 1991, the airline served as an international leader in aviation transportation of persons, property and mail.

The records of Pan Am include administrative and financial files; technical,mechanical and research reports; extensive public relations and promotional materials; internal publications including newsletters, journals and press releases; and other materials. Extensive photograph files, albums and scrapbooks also document the world-wide history of Pan Am, as a pioneer in the development of aviation equipment, air routes, commercial passenger service, navigation techniques and communication systems.

The Pan Am collection is available for research. It consist of approximately 1,500 cubic feet of files. A preliminary, folder-level inventory provides a brief overview of the contents of the files. While this inventory is not available online, we will be happy to assist you with your research needs. Please send your queries to

In addition to the Pan Am Records, we house other collections related to Pan Am and aviation such as the records of World Wings International and Clipper Pioneers, the papers of former Pan Am employees such as Humphrey W. Toomey, Ione Wright, and oral history interviews conducted by Valerie Lester. Please ask us for a full list of our historical aviation collections. You will also find books in our Special Collections about the history of Pan Am and aviation in Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Search for these materials in IBISWEB, the Libraries' online catalog.

The Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records Web site was placed online January 18, 1996. It was last updated January 2, 2007.