The Pan American World Airways digital collection features annual reports, brochures, directories, periodicals, and timetables digitized from the Printed Materials series of the Pan Am records at the University of Miami Libraries. It also features a selection of manuals documenting Pan Am policies and operations.
The Printed Materials series provides a rich narrative of Pan Am, a company that mapped new and important aerial routes to South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific; influenced aviation technology and commercial passenger service; and captured the imagination of travelers on a global scale.
The annual reports, brochures, directories, periodicals, and timetables date from 1929 to1991, which is almost the entire lifetime of the company, and they cover all of the geographic areas serviced by Pan Am, providing evidence of its international reach. These materials document both Pan Am’s internal operations and its engagement with the public, providing a depth and breadth of information regarding the history and culture of Pan Am, its organizational evolution, personnel, air routes, and airport operations, as well as tourism and public relations.
The Pan Am Printed Materials series has been digitized thanks to a grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC).
Additional materials from the Pan American World Airways collection are available for research upon request at the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections. Click here to access the finding aid for the Pan Am Records.
Visit the Cleared to Land website to learn more about the Pan Am records at the University of Miami.
Annual reports for Pan Am dating from 1939 to 1989. Also includes a selection of annual reports from affiliate airlines in South America, Cuba, and New York from the 1940 through the 1970s.
Promotional and educational brochures, booklets, and maps dating from the 1930s through the 1980s. Many of the brochures feature the destinations to which Pan Am flew in Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Other brochures feature specific aircraft, services offered by Pan Am, or tips for enjoyable air travel.
Telephone and address directories for Pan Am offices dating from 1947-1982. The directories are helpful for identifying former employees and they provide insight into Pan Am’s organizational structure.
Operational, technical, procedural, policy, and training manuals for Pan Am employees.
Timetables for Pan Am and its early affiliates dating from 1929-1991. The timetables contain information on flight routes, connecting cities, ticket costs, flight numbers, aircraft types, and departure and arrival times.
Pan Am published numerous periodicals from the 1930s through the 1980s. Many were intended for the general public, such as the Clipper and New Horizons passenger magazines. Other periodicals were for employees, providing a behind-the-scenes look at Pan Am’s operations, organization, internal culture, and history.