Pan American World Airways (popularly known as Pan Am) was founded in 1927 as an air mail and passenger service. Throughout the decades of its existence, Pan Am was the largest international airline, and it remained a premier airline until its collapse and acquisition by Delta Airlines in December 1991. The Hartman Center has multiple collections pertaining to Pan Am, including print advertisements and company records. While most of these materials are from the J. Walter Thompson Company and its various personnel, our collections also include documents from other ad agencies including Wells Rich Greene, Inc., and the Wunderman Agency, as well as other advertisers and individuals associated with Pan Am or its agencies.
How To Use This Guide
This guide is arranged by material and subject type. The first two sections, Advertisements and Business Files & Correspondence, comprise many of the Hartman Center's Collections and contain numerous resources. All lists within each section of the guide are arranged alphabetically.
Duke Libraries Catalog
The on-line catalog provides the most comprehensive way of finding items across all of the Duke libraries. Advanced searching is also available, allowing you to limit the returns based upon multiple words or phrases, or even physical location (such as Rubenstein).
Collection Guides (Formerly "Finding Aids")
Collection descriptions, listed as Collection Guides, contain collections of personal or corporate records which more fully described than in the catalog, and are key-word searchable. You can search multiple terms simultaneously.
For additional information, please contact the Hartman Center Reference Archivist.