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There is no archival repository that collects primary or less commonly available secondary material related to the bombing or its aftermath. The archival collection at McMaster University will comprise of interviews, personal anecdotes, memorial books, photographs, published and unpublished creative work, and family albums along with government records.

We hope it will open up spaces for those who have been touched by the Air India tragedy and those who are unfamiliar with it. Perhaps, it can broaden a sense of inheritance and responsibility to care for the impact of the bombing.

If you would like to share your story, or if you are interested in donating materials to the archive (e.g. personal scrapbooks, memorial books, letters, photographs, personal items, published and unpublished artwork, etc), please contact Dr. Chandrima Chakraborty, Professor English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University at

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Memorial Books




Statement by McMaster Archives and Research Collections Librarian

Dear potential donor,

The bombing of Air India Flight 182 over thirty years ago was one of Canada’s worst tragedies and must never be forgotten. We are very pleased that Professor Chandrima Chakraborty of McMaster’s Department of English and Cultural Studies is leading a project to document this disaster.

As part of her project, Professor Chakraborty is seeking personal memorabilia of families affected by this tragedy for deposit in the McMaster University Library’s Division of Archives and Research Collections. I want to ensure you that any such material donated to the Library will be preserved in perpetuity and will constitute lasting evidence of the effects of that terrible event.

Thank you most sincerely for considering the donation of your memorabilia.

If you have any questions about donating material to the Library, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours truly,
Rick Stapleton
Archives and Research Collections Librarian
McMaster University Library
905-525-9140 extension 27885

Download the Statement by McMaster Archives and Research Collections Librarian pdf