The Special Collections of the University of Miami Libraries is the recipient of a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant for $153,809. The award allows the Libraries’ Special Collections to complete the processing and enhance access to the Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records. The records begin with the Pan Am’s founding in 1927, and provide a fascinating perspective on the growth and development of a modern aviation corporation.
The entire collection totals over 1,600 boxes of materials, including photographs, correspondence, flight plans, maps, business records, and memorabilia. This is one of Special Collection’s most requested and used collections; it has been used for the writing of books, articles, theses, screenplays, and popular culture events, such as the recent the television show “Pan Am”. The Pan Am Historical Foundation funds the Dave Abrams and Gene Banning Pan Am Research Grant competition awarded to support scholarly research using the Pan American World Records held by the University of Miami Libraries’ Special Collections.
The University of Miami received one of the largest grants awarded by the NHPRC this year. Other award recipients include UCLA, Purdue, New York University, Stanford University, and Duke.
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) supports projects to facilitate the use of historical records held by archives and other repositories and to assure their long-term preservation. The Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, is the Chairman of the Commission. Kathleen Williams is its Executive Director. The NHPRC is the sole federal funding agency whose only focus is the documentary heritage of the United States. Established in 1934, it has awarded grants for preserving, publishing, and providing access to vital historical documents.