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Orly airplane crash collection

Identifier: ahc.MSS488

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, itineraries, eyewitness newspaper and periodical accounts, and other items relating to the disaster and subsequent events.


  • 1962-1982

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

The Atlanta Art Association sponsored a museum tour of Europe in 1962. Soon after takeoff on June 3, 1962 the Boeing 707 crashed and 130 passengers died including 106 Atlantans. Many of those who died on the flight had strong ties to the arts and cultural organizations. To honor the victims of the crash the Atlanta Arts Association became the Atlanta Arts Alliance which today includes the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Alliance Theatre, the 14th Street Playhouse, and the Atlanta College of Art.

Aubrey Morris was WSB TV and radio correspondent at the time of the Orly Airport crash. He accompanied Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. and associate city attorney Edwin L. Sterne to Paris for the events which followed and presented a memorial documentary on May 30, 1982.


1.42 linear ft. (one oversize box)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1982
Orly airplane crash collection
Melanie Stephan
August 2012
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305