Recent donations 2010 -
thanks for your very kind support!
From Ole Jonny Braenne,
Oslo, December 2011
Jonny Braenne was voted a new member of the AFU
board at our Dec. 17, 2011 meeting, held at our nice new
headquarters. Pictures from the meeting can be found on
the blogs of AFU board members
Just a few days later
the latest gift parcel from our Norwegian colleague
arrived and has now been catalogued. It contained books
in English, Norwegian, French, Russian and Chinese.
Those that were new to our collection are pictured to
the left. The titles will be included in the 2011
edition of our library list to be posted here in early
2012 when we have had the time to complete cataloguing
of a few other recent collection which are on our
From UFO-Finland, January
Swedish book Främlingar på vår jord (Strangers on
our earth) has just been published in a Finnish
UFO-Finland, one of the two major Finnish UFO
UFO-Finland kindly sent
us three copies of the translation, but also four other
recent titles from their own imprint, two of which are
Finnish renderings of Timothy Good's Need to
know and the conference proceedings on UFO evidence
led by astronomer Peter A. Sturrock. Mattias
Päätalo has written a book on astronomy and contact
with extraterrestiral life and military historian
Atso Haapanen a book about 300 ufo-related documents
found in Finnish military records. Some of the Finnish
cases are quite exciting, including a 1969 jet dog-fight
and radar case. Unfortunately some Finnish records have
From John Hanson and
Dawn Holloway, Alvechurch, Birmingham, the UK, May 2010
Hanson and his wife Dawn Holloway is
travelling the United Kingdom interviewing ufo
witnesses. A ufological groundwork, indeed. AFU has
tried, now and then, to assist the couple with
information and some doings. Clas Svahn visited
them at their home on May 2, and received a donation of
books, magazines, audio tapes and correspondence. We
also received a full set of early manuscripts for the
Haunted Skies book series they are now
One in the Encyclopedia of British UFOs series
covers the years 1940-1959. Correspondence and other
materials donated was put into order by Clas during
August and is now available at AFU, resulting, for
instance, in the files seen to the left.
From Gunter Hofer, Croydon,
the UK, November 2010 - the Cynthia Hind archives
Hofer was a close associate of Rhodesian (Zimbabwian)
UFO investigator Cynthia Hind and worked with her
until her death. He has kept parts of the investigate
files for Hind's UFO Afrinews magazine (available
for free download,
here). There are still some boxes in a house in
Zimbabwe and these will be donated to AFU upon Gunter's
return to Zimbabwe, the shipping cost paid by AFU.
Paying for shipping to Sweden of any collection is now a
new possibility, with better resources available to AFU.
Gunter Hofer (photo by
Although it is feared that
the bulk of Cynthia Hind's files have disappeared, some
of the investigative files now with AFU include a number
of well known cases like the Elisabeth Klarer contact
and the 'African School' case.
It is expected that the
material will be ordered, eventually, and placed in
From Uwe Schellinger, IGPP
archivist, spring/ summer of 2010
Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und
Psychohygiene (IGPP) was
created by German doctor and psychologist Hans Bender
on June 19, 1950. An English rendering of the
Institute's name is
The Institute for
Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health. The
institute "engages in systematic and interdisciplinary
research concerning insufficiently understood phenomena
and anomalies at the frontiers of current scientific
knowledge. These include altered states of consciousness
and modes of experience, mind-matter relations, and
their social, cultural and historical contexts from the
perspectives of the humanities, social sciences and
natural sciences". The institute operates "a
comprehensive special library and a research archive for
parapsychology and frontier areas of psychology".
to the Biennial Reports sent by IGPP archivist
Uwe Schellinger the institute has some 50.000
volumes in its library related to parapsychology and
frontier areas of psychology but also on UFO research,
Fortean literature, ancient astronauts and
cryptozoologly. Mr. Schellinger includes an inventory of
"UFO-Akten iim IGPP-Archiv" which lists 13 folders with
case investigations & information from the archives of
Hans Bender and Lou Zinsstag. There are also magazines,
clippings and manuscripts in the archive. Find more info
on the Freiburg institute
here. An open contact and collaboration with
the IGPP institute seems interesting not the least in
view of the addition to AFU of the Hilary Evans
library, this winter, which covers most of the areas
where IGPP also has an active interest.
From various donors during
Some of the audio-visual
media received from varous donors during 2010:
Upper row, two
VHS cassettes with taped conference presentations by Max
Burns (London, 2001) and Mary Rodwell (Colorado, 2004).
Donated by Judith Jafaar of the BUFORA board.
Norwegian DVD on crop circles (donated by Yngve Freij);
another DVD, The day before disclosure (donated by
Ole Jonny Braenne) and, finally, The encyclopedia of
extraterrestrial encounters, and e-book in Word and PDF
formats (donation by Peter Rogerson).
We also have received a
large number of VHS tapes recorded from television by
From Mikhail Gershtein, St.
Petersburg, Russia, November 2010.
left, the contents of Mikhail Gershtein's most recent
parcel. As always the material from Mikhail is
absolutely unique and includes several Samisdat
documents, mostly investigations of Russian cases,
typewritten during Soviet times and distributed in very
small numbers across the (then) Communist republic. Some
of the books have their titles imprinted in gold on the
protective covers. How we wish we could consume the
contents of these extremely rare books but they are now
available for researchers probably for the first time in
From Anders Kjellson,
Herrljunga, Sweden, November 2010.
Anders Kjellson is the
grandson of Henry Kjellson who died in 1961.
Anders' father Lennart Kjellson recently left
this existence and parts of Henry's and Lennart's
collections have been donated to AFU, through Clas Svahn,
who collected the material in Herrljunga on November 26,
shortly after arriving home from the UK.
Lennart had governed
over Henry's collection and parts of the books and the
sources Henry used when he wrote his books on ancient
technology in Egypt (in the early 1950's long before
anyone had heard about Erich von Däniken) are now in
the possession of AFU (the upper left half shelve
in the picture on the right). Henry is also well known
in Swedish ufology as one of the leading members of the
1946 ghost rocket committee, within the Swedish military
forces. It does not seem that the collection we have
received so far has any leads to Henry's thoughts on
this early UFO phenomenon but more material may come
forth later on.
Lennart himself a
professional M.D., was interested in a number esoteric
and scientific subjects including Egyptology and the
Turin shroud, which he
wrote about. His interests are reflected in the book
collection now donated to AFU.
On the left picture,
Anders Kjellson in his own library when the material
from Henry and Lennart was turned over to Clas Svahn.
From Leif Persson,
Sundsvall, Sweden, October 2010.
Persson has been chairman of the UFO-Sweden group
UFO-Sundsvall and he has also worked with UFO-Swedens
Report Centre. Today he is one of the editors of UFO-Swedens
internal magazine Rapportnytt which contains, for
instance, short lists of all Swedish reports received by
the Report Centre.
Leif has donated a
number of books to AFU and from him also came a batch of
report investigations which will now be added to our
Swedish report files.
From Edoardo Russo, Maurizio
Verga and CISU on October 16, 2010.
On October 16 your
webmaster paid a visit to CISU headquarters in
Torino during a work conference in Bergamo. My
impressions will be summarized in an article written in
There were a large
number of (to me) unknown Italian books and booklets on
the sale shelves. You can botanize among the CISU-UPIAR
book offerings for yourself,
For AFU, I sorted out
some books and made an agreement with Edoardo and
Maurizio where I bought titles not published by CISU's
publishing arm UPIAR, while UPIAR books were kindly
donated to AFU.
The UPIAR publications
included a 2010 edition of the bibliography on the ufo-related
Italian literature since 1948 (with an accompanying CD
holding the bibliography database) and a 2010 edition (the
3rd) of CISU's field investigator's manual.
Edoardo also had a
surprise present for AFU: a CD of eZines 2007-2009 where
he has collected 177 issues of Italian and international
eZines available on the internet. Great groundwork!
From Erik W. Östling,
Stockholm, September 2010
Östling is one of the university
students/researchers who has frequently used AFU as a
source. He has been with us several times to look
through our files and to borrow books he has used in his
academic writing. We recently received some of his
digital research files, including a unique collection of
papers in academic journals. (We are waiting for the
time & opportunity to catalogue this important material
to our e-book library).
The most recent gift
from Erik is his first academic treatise (in its
original form) which has also been reproduced in the
volume 1, 2009, issue of Aura, a magazine for
academic studies of new religions, published by
FINYAR. Aura is a joint project between
religious and psychological departments at Swedish
universities. Eriks work has the title The
Raëlian movement - a scientific religion or a religion
From Rémy Fauchereau,
Charbuy, France, October 2010
Two parcels from France
contained these four wonderful compilations of French
ufo-related clippings from the years 1965-2008. The
leftmost volume has the clippings archives of the
1965-66 wave of French ufologist Jean Lebiez, while the
other three are more general compilations of local
clippings from the periods 1967-1976, 1973-1987 and
The volumes (some
600-700 pages) will be catalogued with our book library
but physically placed in our clippings archive.
From Philip Mantle, the UK
and Ole Jonny Braenne, Norway, during 2010.
fine audio tape collections received at AFU during this
spring/summer. On the left three boxes of tapes from
Norwegian and Danish ufology donated by Ole Jonny
Braenne. On the right a full box of British tape
recordings from British researcher and UFO activist
Philip Mantle. The tapes have been labeled with "OJB" or
"Mantle" and the year and will eventually go into our
digitizing project where most of the material will be
secured for the future and catalogued in our audio tape
From Mikhail Gershtein, S:t
Petersburg, Russia, October 2010.
depends on tireless people like Ole Jonny Braenne, Bill
Jones, Rod Dyke, Barry Greenwood and Mikhail Gershtein
who regularly sends us parcels of materials for
preservation with what must by now have become the
world's largest library of UFO-related literature. AFU
is becoming sort of a world memory for what has happened
within ufology and fortean studies.
The picture on the left
shows the contents of Mikhail Gershteins latest
parcel, one of several this summer-autumn. At the top of
the picture are four samples of very unique Russian
Samisdat publications, type-written with carbon copies
and beautifully bound in volumes which were distributed
hand-to-hand between Russian ufologists. Some of these
manuscripts exist in just 3-4 copies and AFU's copies
are probably the only available in the west.
From Philip J. Jacobs ('Phillel'),
Pioneer,Tennessee, September 2010.
Philip is one of the coworkers of
Mark-Age organization, still thriving. This is not a
mainstream UFO organization but a very 'new agee' group that
spreads the channeled messages of Nada-Yolanda, and others. The
group celebrates a 50th anniversary this year. As a
broad-working archival group we are delighted to preserve also
materials from groups such as Mark-Age. I am suspecting, maybe
we are the only UFO/archival institution in the world that
openly invites such printed or recorded information for
sends us a copy of the groups most recent (2010) book
Anchoring: The light body on Earth, channeled by the The
Spiritual Hierarchy through Nada-Yolanda. The book claims
direct spiritual contacts with Sananda, which is just another
name for Jesus Christ. You may believe what you want in this
case, but the material deserves to be preserved. Philip also
announces that AFU is now on the mailing list for the groups
bimonthly I Am Nation News. He has mailed the three most
From Sören Andersson,
Linköping, July 2010.
Håkan Blomqvist phoned Sören
Andersson who was 'the master translator' of UFO reports
into Swedish during the 1970s and 1980s. We knew that Sören had
a big collection and that he was no longer active as a ufologist.
Without much hesitation Sören gave his OK to collect the
materials at his home, just 45 kilometers from the AFU archives.
As a young lad, in 1960, Sören
started a UFO Society, UFO-Linköping, with his father and
friends. The society existed for decades, mostly as a discussion
group. But Sören and members of UFO-Linköping also visited the
Warminster UFO 'window' area in England in the mid-70s. We have,
previously, an archive that covers most of Sören's translation
work, carefully arranged by year and month of incident:
This archive will now be
completed with some 38 file folders with Sören's own originals
of the same translation work, as well as clippings and
correspondence. The collection also included 100-150 books and a
large number of magazine folders and a saucer model built by a
member of the Linköping UFO society, see pictures of it all on
Håkan Blomqvist's blog
Some of the rarer new
items can be viewed in the following two pictures. On the left,
all of the magazines which were completely new, including issues
of UFO-Linköping's own InterPlan (in the upper left). On
the right, you can see two examples from the books & booklets:
Gordon Lindsay's The riddle of the flying saucers upon
Ahmad Jamaludin's A summary of unidentified flying objects
and related events in Malysia (1950-1980). Sören's
collection also included fairly complete runs of CUFOS and
ACUFOS (Australian Center for UFO Studies) special publications
which make very nice additions on our library shelves.
From Mikhail Gershtein, St.
Petersburg, Russia, July 2010.
Below, the latest parcel from our
Russian co-worker. This time Mikhail sent us extremely rare
Samizdat books and documents, ten of them bound
volumes, and another eight in loose-leaf format. Samizdat
books were (re)typed and carbon-copied on typewriters during the
communist regime and secretly distributed throughout the Soviet
Some of the books are written
by contactees and some are translations (of Vallée, McDonald,
Bloecher) from other languages. One book is a listing of
rocket/satellite launches mistaken for 'real ufos'. Catalogues
of Russian witness reports, the Petrozvodsk phenomenon (1977),
and an expedition to the Russian 'forbidden zone' (where
paranormal phenomena are frequently reported) are the subjects
for others of the 'Samizdats'. The books include original
sketches of Bigfoot creatures, with footprints, and of reported
phenomena in the sky. All of the books are 'handmade' with
photos that were glued into the books one-by-one. An extremely
rare collection which we are very proud of!
From Philip Mantle, UK,
Philip Mantle has been an
activist in the United Kingdom UFO research movement for many
decades, from the beginning - if my memory serves me well
- in company with the Birdsall brothers and later as one of the
BUFORA research directors. From 2010 he is chief editor
of a new British magazine, UFO Matrix, where our own Clas
Svahn is one of the columnists. (In the first column Clas writes
about AFU and our work, for an English audience.)
When Clas and Håkan Ekstrand
visited some ten researchers in the UK, at the turn of April/May
this year, they also paid a visit to Philip and got (yet
another) batch of very interesting materials for the AFU
inventory - some of the new things can be seen
below. There were also huge heaps of magazines,
which will be credited to Philip in an upcoming acquisition
listing, to be published later this year. This will be
combined list of every new magazine from the UK and Luis Schoenherr collections.
Cataloguing takes time!
From Ole Jonny Braenne,
Oslo, July 2010.
Some new phenomena-related Norwegian books in this
the latest parcel from Ole Jonny, plus some very old Swedish
materials, including a number of Swedish prints connected to
ball lightning research. Ole Jonny's parcels are always a joy and
will keep our librarian (and some others of us) busy for a few
hours. I discovered that issues 14 of the Anomalist (right lower
corner of picture below) was credited with Ian Simmons as the
editor. Creates a problem for us who have catalogued
previous issues in the book collection under the authorship of
Huyghe and Stacy. Well, minor problem to be solved!
From Hilary Evans, London,
On the sorting table, below, the
first of a number of important collections brought from the UK
now in May. This part comes from author Hilary Evans who is
still writing books, fighting with his diminishing eyesight. As
you can see there are big heaps of the Spanish Stendek
(some of them in bound volumes) and Cuaderno de Ufologia
but also American publications like Contactee and Gray
Barker publications. Hilary's contributions of rare magazines to
AFU are always a delight for the man who has the favor of doing
the cataloguing and thumbing through it all...
From Clas Svahn, Stockholm,
UFO-Sweden's chairman is probably
the most energetic of all our donors/contributors! Sorry all you
other kind people! :-) In the most recent car load
of materials from his own library & archive (in the cellar of
his villa) we must point to the Gösta Carlsson collection of
interviews on audio and video tapes. These will be perfect
objects for our ongoing digitizing project.
Gösta Carlsson's close
encounter with what he claimed was the crew of a landed
saucer happened right at the inception of the 'ghost rocket'
wave, in May 1946. Clas interviewed Carlsson - famous as
'the Pollen king' in Sweden - and investigated the case for many
years. The final result was the co-written book Mötet i
gläntan (The meeting in the glade), published in 1995, more
than ten years after the investigation had started. Clas has now
deposited his interview tapes with AFU. A few of them are in the
picture to the left. They came as part of a larger collection of
recent & old interview
From Frances Copeland,
Oxford, UK, early 2010.
Frances Copeland, who works for
Contact International UFO Research as secretary and editor,
sent Clas Svahn volumes 17-21 of the organization's The UFO
Register - Data Research magazine. The booklets cover the years
1982, 1983, 1984-1989, 1990 and 1991-1992, respectively. Clas
visited Fran during his UK tour in early May and picked up a
large number of new materials in boxes, some of it to be scanned
From David Norman, Ipsach,
Switzerland, May 2010.
David recently moved and
discovered a batch of BUFORA magazines that he didn't need any
more. He asked BUFORA chairman Matt Lyons who sent him over to
AFU. We are happy to accept the magazines as donations and have
paid David for his shipping costs.
From Warren Aston, New
Zealand, April 2010.
This is probably a rather rare UFO
book from New Zealand. It was recently received as a donation by
AFU board member Håkan Blomqvist from his NZ contact, UFO
Warren Aston. The book Strangers in our skies by
Mervyn Dykes was published in 1981 and is a nice new
addition to our reference library (the 'OZ' shelf according to
our Ufocode classification). Found a site with some other NZ
phenomena books that we never heard about,
From Martin Schönherr,
Innsbruck, Austria, April 2010.
Luis Schönherr was an
internationally known 'UFO philosopher' who left this world
plane on October 7, 2009. He had been interested in UFOs and
other paranormal phenomena ever since the big European wave of
UFO-humaniod sightings in 1954 and had collected a vast library
of carefully selected, serious literature. His articles and
thoughtful letters-to-the-editors appeared in many UFO
periodicals across the world.
This winter his son Martin made
contact with the
Allen Hynek Center of UFO Studies, where Luis had been an
associate for decades, to ask them recommend a site for
preservation of his father's collection. Mark Rodeghier
recommended AFU and this is why we were contacted by e-mail on
March 15 and soon agreed upon a transfer of the material to
Sweden. The material is a donation from Martin Schoenherr while
AFU has paid for packing and shipping to Sweden. The Schenker
lorry with 492 kilos on two pallets arrived outside AFU on April
Håkan Blomqvist and I spent
four hours that evening unpacking the 17 heavy boxes. The
collection now covers five shelf sections in our 'C' facility
(picture below) where it will be sorted, catalogued and added to
different parts of our collections. The more personal papers,
including Mr. Schönherr's correspondence binders and papers
connected to his own-developed computer files of international
cases will form a basic Schoenherr archive. The donation to AFU
also includes computer tapes and punchcard systems, many volumes
of professionally bound magazines (like FSR and UFOP-Nachrichten
since the very start) or magazines carefully protected in
binders (like Pursuit). As work proceeds on the collection we
will certainly come back with more detailed presentations.
Håkan Blomqvist is very happy
with the new donation to AFU.
From A.G. Gevaerd, Campo
Grande, Brazil, February 2010.
For years we have planned an
exchange with the glossy Brazilian publication
UFO - Revista Brasilieira de Ufologia, published
by the Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas de Discos Voadores (CBPDV),
one of the few lively more professional international UFO
magazines still in print. Years ago I had correspondence with
Mr. Gevaerd but, in the wealth of projects available to us all,
the project fell, until revived by Clas Svahn, early this year.
We are very happy with a more
complete collection of this major magazine in Portuguese. At the
same time we are that most of us at AFU have to be content with
looking at the pictures and the nice layout, but we are certain
that in the future we will be able to help some researcher with
research copies of articles from this source, too. In this case
AFU paid for the shipping from Brazil to Sweden, while the
magazines are a donation from CBPDV and Mr. Gevaerd. This is a
model that we are happy to use in co-operation with any editor
who would like to see one archives copy of their magazine be
From Didier Gomez, Gayo,
France, February 2010.
another ten kilos of materials from France. Many books
that we now have two, three or even more copies of in
the library, but also some items (picture, right) that
might be new for our ur library catalogue
From Didier Gomez, Gayo,
Lombardia, France, January 2010.
The annual package of
French media from UFOmania editor Didier Gomez!!
of the contents are known before and will make nice
second copies in our library. Some -
like La vie vient d'une intelligence supérieure.
L'hypothese extraterrestre by Jean Sider are welcome