Recent acquisitions 2008-2010
from Jan Ove Sundberg, Motala, Sweden, October 31, 2010.
Jan Ove Sundberg has for years been a controversial
man in Swedish fortean studies and ufology. He started out
as a UFO-Sweden member/field investigator and as a
free-lance journalist for weekly magazines in the 1970s.
During the 1980s and 1990s he edited several paranormal
magazines of his own and published two books: one on phantom
submarines/USOs and another on Scandinavian lake monsters.
We might even call Jan Ove the Swedish John A. Keel...
Keel was a close acquaintance and correspondent of Jan's.
Jan became internationally
known in the 1990s for his GUST (Global Underwater Search
Team). He and a number of his colleagues have
investigated lake monsters in Sweden, Norway and Scotland.
For years he was a critic of UFO-Sweden's work.
Some five-six years ago Jan
developed a severe cancer in his spine and has been operated
for this several times. At times he was close to passing to
another dimension of our world. Doctors now say he is
presently free from his cancer but his week spine (after the
operations) prohibits him from continuing the work with GUST
investigations. He has thus decided to sell off his last
batch of material from 35 years of fortean investigations in
AFU has, throughout the
past decade, bought four or five previous batches of Jan's
UFO- and USO-related investigative archives, including
books, magazines, sketches, slides, paper photos,
investigative files, audio and video tapes, clippings and
On the left you can see
videos, clipping folders, slides, digital discs, thousands
of photos and a large number of rather unique books on
cryptozoology which we collected at Jan's home in Motala on
October 31. AFU now has an extensive, complete file of
materials from Jan.
from Arcturus Books, USA, early 2010.
Clas Svahn is probably one of the most
loyal customers with Bob Girard's Arcturus Books in Port St.
Lucie, Florida throughout it's existence. Now and then Girard has a
sale out of titles - sometimes just a few dollars per book - that
are not yet in the AFU library. Clas cover these sales for us and he
put in several orders early in 2010. Below is a photo of the sorting
table at AFU with the most recent additions to our flora of books on
different phenomena as it arrived here. Most of these books are,
hmm, 'intellectual light-weight' items not even recommended by
Girard in his lists, yet AFU need a reference copy for preservation.
from Philip Mantle, UK, February 2009.
activist and author Philip Mantle now and then offer parts
and pieces of his collection for sale. AFU has recently bought
several lots of materials from Philip to preserve the material
in an open, archival environment.
The first batch consisted
of 44 issues of early predecessors of Magonia, the lively
"psycho-sociological" journal. This zine has
progressively been known as MUFORG Bulletin,
Merseyside UFO Bulletin, MUFOB, MUFOB New
Series and, now, Magonia. (Samples on the left.)
Unfortunately, Magonia will seize publication this year with
issue # 99.
AFU had many of the MUFOB-Magonia issues on our shelf,
before, thanks to donations by Hilary Evans and
Magonia editor John Rimmer, but some of the early
'holes' were now plugged through the deal with Mantle.
On the right, the first
page of Merseyside UFO Bulletin vol. 2 no. 4 (July/August
1969) with portraits of the young editorial board: John
Harney, John Rimmer and Alan Sharp.
In the recent lot from
Mantle was also the original manuscript of a BUFORA study by
Roger Stanway of the Banbury UFO film of Oct. 26, 1971,
and a unique 100 page compilation of close encounter cases
by former FSR editor Gordon Creighton.
The lot was bought after a collection among Scandinavian
ufologists. Contributors in alphabetical order: Ole Jonny
Braenne, Tage & Christina Bång, Håkan Ekstrand, Jörgen
Granlie, Kaj Hahne, May-Britt Pellving, Anders Persson, Clas
Svahn, Acke Svensson and Kerstin Wigstrand.
from Marc Davenport, USA, January 2008.
researcher and author Marc Davenport recently sold
parts of his library and collections. AFU contacted
Davenport too late to get a chance to make an offer for the
materials but was able to buy some remaining objects at a
very reduced price.
|In the picture
the six books we bought: (upper row) Davenport's own
Visitors from time, Scott Corrales' book on
Chupacabras and David Icke's The biggest secret
(our first book by Icke), and, (lower row) three books by
Davenport's wife Leah A. Haley, who is one of the
more well known US abductees. We also acquired a package of
early Contact Forum and Electric Spacecraft
magazines from Davenport.