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Sybille Holder Pan American Airways Flight Attendant Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2008-11-14
The Sybille Holder Pan American Airways Flight Attendant Collection is comprised of textual materials that relate to Pan American World Airways (PAA) flight attendants, 1964-1991. The material was likely collected by Holder during her time as a flight attendant, although only one piece is noted as previously belonging to Holder.

The collection contains a Pan Am "Employee Circles" binder, which holds meeting minutes and employee documentation. The materials have been removed from the binder for preservation reasons, but retain original order with the binder remaining in collection to preseve context. Holder is not listed on any of the meeting minutes. There are also assorted brochures for PAA flight schedules (1982,1986, and 1991), PAA travel destinations and city maps, and assorted PAA stationery from a writing padfolio. The materials were removed from the padfolio, which was sent to Objects storage (see Separated Materials).

Additional materials include three PAA In-Flight Services Handbooks (1985-1991), which include reference materials for flight attendants on all manner of topics, from how to treat an animal bite to how to address titled persons. The materials were originally in plastic three-ring PAA binders, but have been removed for preservation reasons. Original order has been retained and the binders remain in the collection, within secure enclosures, to preserve context. One of the binders has "Sybille Holder [employee number]" written in pen on inside left front cover.

At the end of the collection is assorted Pan Am ephemera, such as a 1964 first class dinner menu, ticket holders, luggage tags, a "waste bag" [air sickness bag], a 1990 safety card, postcards, four (4) blank International Vaccination certificates, and six (6) "Where Pan Am Flies" booklets. There is also a 2005 Pan Am Historical Foundation calendar.


  • 1964-1991


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research but has not been fully processed. Access to the collection may be limited or may require additional processing time. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


1.3 Cubic Feet (2 full-width letter size document boxes and 1 full-width legal size document box)

Biographical Note: Sybille Holder

Sybille Holder was a Pan Am flight attendant from 1964-1991. No further information is known.


Biography derived from collection materials.

Separated Materials

The following material has been separated from the archival component and is kept in the Library:

  • Pilot's Guide to LTN-51 Navigation System, 1976
  • Eight (8) issues of Pan Am employee magazines, ranging from 1973-1974
  • Eighteen (18) issues of Pan Am Clipper magazine, ranging from 1988-1996

Additional materials have been separated from the archival component and are kept in Objects storage:

  • Pan Am writing padfolio with pen
  • 1968 blue plastic stewardess tote bag
  • Seven (7) Pan Am cocktail stirrers
  • Pan Am snack bag from Clipper class
  • Two (2) Pan Am retired employee ID cards for "R.D. Dau"
  • White Pan Am tote bag
  • White vinyl Pan Am tote bag
  • Blue canvas Pan Am tote bag
  • Two (2) sewing kits

Processing Information

This collection has not been fully processed.

Materials within the writing portfolio, employee binder, and in-flight service handbooks have been removed for preservation reasons. Original order has been maintained. The handbook cover and binder have been placed in separate enclosures but remain in the collection to preserve context.


Guide to the Sybille Holder Pan American Airways Flight Attendant Collection
Completed - Level 2
J. Parent
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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