Handle with Care | Preservation Strategies for Pan Am’s Digital Archive

Repair and conserve: a phrase that drives a vast and complex component of University of Miami Libraries’ (UML) mission. Primary source materials and books are handled over years, decades, and even centuries; room conditions fluctuate, humidity falls and rises, and critters occasionally find their way to them for a snack. For the specialists that manage UML’s Preservation Strategies Department, “repair and conserve” holds a significance … Continue reading Handle with Care | Preservation Strategies for Pan Am’s Digital Archive

A Most Excellent Adventure

Exploring the Pan Am Archives in Miami By Rebecca Snider Sprecher with Dian Groh After writing a novel about Pan Am flight crews and giving a number of history presentations on our airline for various community organizations, I was anxious to visit the Pan Am archives at the University of Miami’s Richter Library. I’d read many books on the history of Pan Am, but I … Continue reading A Most Excellent Adventure

COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Althea “Gerry” Lister Papers

A Pick of the Week from Special Collections of the UM Libraries By Emily Gibson One of Pan Am’s earliest and most notable employees, Althea “Gerry” Lister made many strides as a woman in the aviation world, serving as the Secretary to the General Traffic Manager, then as an Assistant to the Passenger Service Manager, and finally as the Pan Am Museum’s curator and company historian. … Continue reading COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Althea “Gerry” Lister Papers