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Guide to Collections Related to Pan American World Airways: Published Works

Selected collections and materials in Duke University Libraries related to Pan American World Airways.

Published Works


Published works produced by Pan Am can be found in the Published by Pan Am section of this guide.


The Hartman Center and the larger Duke University Libraries also hold several books and other published works, such as government documents, that relate to Pan Am. Links lead to catalog entries with more information about each resource.

If you'd like to search the Libraries' catalog on your own, we recommend searching for the term "Pan American Airways."


These resources typically address the history of Pan Am or how Pan Am fits into the larger fields of aviation, advertising, and cultural history. Also included in this list are memoirs from Pan Am employees.

A Flying Leap by Warren Pfaff, 1970.

Airborne Dreams: "Nisei" Stewardesses and Pan American World Airways by Christine R. Yano, 2011.

An American Saga: Juan Trippe and His Pan Am Empire by Robert Daley, 1980.

The China Clipper, Pan American Airways and Popular Culture by Larry Weirather, 2007.

Chosen Instrument: Pan Am, Juan Trippe, the Rise and Fall of an American Entrepreneur by Marylin Bender and Selig Altschul, 1982.

Clipper y Guerra: Un Viaje de Cien Dias by Luis Alayza and Paz Soldán, 1940.

The Dragon's Wings: The China National Aviation Corporation and the Development of Commercial Aviation in China by William M. Leary, Jr., 1976.

Empire of the Air: Aviation and the American Ascendancy by Jennifer Van Vleck, 2013.

Empire of the Air: Juan Trippe and the Struggle for World Airways by Matthew Josephson, 1944.

Flying the Oceans: A Pilot's Story of Pan Am, 1935-1955 by Horace Brock, 1978.

Jet Set: The People, the Planes, the Glamour, and the Romance in Aviation's Glory Years by William Stadiem, 2014.

Pan Am: An Airline and Its Aircraft by R.E.G. Davies, 1987.

Pan Am Pioneer: A Manager's Memoir from Seaplane Clippers to Jumbo Jets by S.B. Kauffman (edited by George Hopkins), 1995.

Sex, Strategy, and the Stratosphere: Airlines and the Gendering of Organizational Culture by Albert J. Mills, 2006.

Skygods: The Fall of Pan Am by Robert L. Gandt, 1995.

Skyway to Asia by William Stephen Grooch, 1936.

Government Publications

Most of these resources deal with reports on aircraft accidents experienced by Pan Am. However, other topics are also addressed.

"Aircraft accident report  Pan American World Airways, Inc., Boeing 707-321C, N799PA, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska, December 26, 1968," National Transportation Safety Board, 1968.

"Aircraft accident report : Piper PA-23-150, N2185P and Pan American World Airways Boeing 727-235, N4743, Tampa, Florida, November 6, 1986," National Transportation Safety Board, 1986.

"Left at the Gate: The Impact of Bankruptcy on Employee and Retiree Benefits; Joint Hearing before the Subcommittee on Human Services of the Select Committee on Aging and the Subcommittee on Labor Management Relations of the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, One Hundred Second Congress, Second Session, March 9, 1992," House Select Committee on Aging, 1992.

"Multi-scale analyses of meteorological conditions affecting Pan American Airways flight 759,"  U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Environmental Research Laboratories,1983.

"Productivity and Employment Costs in System Operations of the Trunk Airlines and Pan American from 1957 through 1976," Civil Aeronautics Board), 1977.

"Revised aircraft accident report, Pan American World Airways, Inc.: Boeing 707-321B, N454PA, Pago Pago, American Samoa, January 30, 1974," National Transportation Safety Board, 1974.

"U.S. Policy in the Aftermath of the Bombing of Pan Am 103: Hearing before the Subcommittees on International Security, International Organizations, and Human Rights of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Third Congress, Second Session, July 28, 1994," House Committee on Foreign Affairs, 1994.

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