I have continued to update our web
here and there today. A lot of my energy has gone into the page
Recent donations. To keep up with recent news & donations from
AFU's horizon I suggest you should read that page from the top and
A major exchange-donation from France noted
today on Recent donations, where we also credit three other fine
Swedish donations during this autumn.
The almost two-month absence of
updates here is effectively explained today on our Projects
page. As always, we have not been lazy, just working under strict
Finally, the filing and cataloguing of
the Jan Ove Sundberg archives is (at least for the moment) finished
and the result has been posted on Files from UFO groups and
140 kilos of archival materials
(acid-free archival boxes and acid-free papers for covers) were
delivered today at one of our archives. This is work materials for
our up-coming project to raise the status of our Swedish UFO report
files, upgrade the ScanCat database and digitize the report
archives. It is expected we will employ 2-3 out-of-work people on
this project, starting soon. The project just needs more preparation
before it can start.
Find a new interesting Swedish book
on a 1944 V-2 crash in south-Sweden presented on Recent new books.
We are trying to get up-to-date with
recent things happening in and around AFU, and a long chain of
recent donations... Today's fantastic 'news' is the recent
acquisition by AFU of one of the three existing copies of the
Fortean Picture Library run by Janet and Colin Bord from
Wales. They will be moving and have shipped a lot from their
extensive archives to AFU for preservation. Find out more about this
on Recent donations.
Not all things work out as planned.
Yesterday we had planned to kick off our new project with sorting,
checking and scanning the Swedish UFO reports archive, but I had to
put the project on hold at least for a month. On the Sunday I had
spent seven hours in the emergency rooms of our local hospital after
having developed what we in Sweden call 'the crystal sickness'
(extreme temporary dizziness and indisposition due to displacement
of crystals in the ear, affecting the balance). I was extremely
tired afterwards and could not go through with starting the project.
There were also other good reasons for putting the project on hold
for a while, including that the work material (archival boxes and
acid-free papers) had not arrived. We are also planning to redesign
the project slightly, probably with more focus on digital scanning
of the unique UFO report collection. Our original plan was to employ
two out-of-work persons, for which we would get a good monetary
compensation (badly needed).
Today's updates here concern the
Projects page where we report on two work-trainees who have been
with us for a few months and now left us, and the Recent
donations page, where we report on another major donation from
the family of a deceased Swedish ufologist.
A day spent
100 % on AFU work. I started the day with crediting, here, a great
donation of (primarily) vintage UFO magazines from Jens A. Tellefsen.
Find the credit
on Recent donations.
The day continued with work
of integrating the Jan Ove Sundberg collection with our
master files. The work includes a lot of copying since there is a
wish to also preserve Sundberg's original material separate from the
master files. I tried to reach my contact with the Arbetsförmedlingen - the government's
unemployment agency - to start
up our new project with the reports master file. No result by phone
- will write an email! They obviously have a heavy workload with all
their customers (people who have lost their jobs).
After that, off
to the archives, today with six other souls working: Sven-Olov, Anci,
Sandra, Ingrid, Lena and Yvonne. The two latter ladies have started
on an index for the great APRO Bulletin. Anyone who can supply us
with copies or scans of the very first issues, please contact me...
Spent an hour of the afternoon on
fetching the most recent parcel (18 kilos!) with Norwegian
archival materials from Ole Jonny Braenne, from the post office
across town. The books, magazines & organization papers come from
four Norwegian sources: Petter Lorentzen, Finn Kalvik, Odd-Gunnar
Røed and (of course) Ole Jonny himself.
I spent this afternoon and evening
sorting out materials from the Jan Ove Sundberg collections which
have been bought, in batches, by AFU during recent years. The
material I concentrated on this evening was the submarine-USO
reports collected by Jan Ove. The most valuable & unique part - his
direct interviews with USO and USO-diver witnesses,
will be preserved in a file folder of its own, while the newspaper &
magazine clippings probably will be integrated with our (rather
huge!) previous master files of such submarine-related clippings.
A day well spent on a summer trip
along the Göta Kanal, a channel that runs across Sweden, from the
east to the west. 58.000 soldiers spent 22 years in the early 19th
century building the channel. Almost 900 kilometers were dug by hand
or blasted. I tried to imagine just how all the millions of stones
that cover the sides of the channel got there? But new times have
come to the channel, including sailing-boats, tourists, and also
graffiti (see picture). Thank you Kicki, Magnus and family for
the great Christmas gift!
Daily life goes on at the archives
with new input and impressions, researchers and requests for
information. During the summer season we have more visiting
researchers than otherwise (...and some people who are just
curious). This summer has been no exception. Erik Östling, one of
the university students/researchers who uses AFU, has spent four
days at the archives, drawing on our resources. He has scanned and
photo-copied a large number of documents, clippings and other files.
View our report on Recent visitors.
Östling and yours truly, in the AFU library.
Our sponsor Bertil Lindqvist came from
Stockholm to spend six-seven hours at the archives, looking through
Swedish UFO case files and listening to taped interviews on ghost
rockets and close encounter cases. For a report on three books
donated by Bertil please view our Recent donations page.
I am today trying to finish off a
month-long period, of my annual summer vacation, when I have
concentrated on updating the AFU/UFO-Sweden report archives.
A lot of new material has come in from some 15-20 Swedish sources
since the last major update that I can remember (about 10 years
ago!). This work, which should be ongoing every day, has been put
aside because AFU's focus, since roughly year 2000, has been on
"melting" new donations/collections into the book library and
magazine repository. The latest book-magazine collection to arrive
here, on July 1, was the Perry Petrakis (SOS-OVNI) book collection,
which had been in store with SCEAU in Paris since early 2006.
|Gunnar Westholm and
Ulrika Dubos who brought the Petrakis collection from
Paris to AFU, outside the AFU facilities on July 1, by their
down-loaded Volvo car with seven big moving cartons crammed
with French archival materials. Photo: Anders Liljegren.
It is expected that up to 11 % of
the working population in Sweden may be out-of-work within the
coming year and this is where we may play a part with a new project,
centered on the report archives, that I have been preparing. More on
that on our Projects page.
A donation of a quite unique book
by a donor from the Netherlands is noted on Recent donations.
Also two other major donations from the UK and Sweden, credited
today. A little belated but "better late than never"....
Another box with archival items
arrived from Marseille in France - it is credited today on Recent
Today's accomplishment is that I
finally got the inventory of the recent Bord magazine collection up
here for download. You can find the PDF of this list on the
Magazine collection page, second item in the menu on the right.
What a terrific collection of forteana this is!
Tonight's updates concern two new
European books added to the AFU library. One from Spain and the
other one from Finland - this one being a doctoral thesis. Find them
both credited on Recent new books.
A note, see Recent acquisitions,
on a new collection we have just bought from a ufologist in the UK -
more to come on this! Thanks to everyone who contributed to the
collection for this!
A new French book reporting on a local
UFO hot spot area in the south-west of France is reviewed on
Recent books after we have received a review copy, via
Another donation - this time from
Sweden - is credited today on the Recent donations page.
Just like yesterday, I spent another
three-four hours at the archives tonight, inventorying the most
recent gifts. Tonight a huge donation of Fate Magazines was the
object of my special interest. It turns out we now only lack about a
handful of issues of this old-timer, which has covered the field of
ufology since the early days of Kenneth Arnold.
On Recent donations you will
find yet another note of credit - there will be a lot of this stuff
during the coming weeks, as I try to work my way through the
excellent archival materials brought here on March 20!
Another donation from Ohio credited on
We are now focusing on taking care of
all the donations brought here on March 20. The list includes about
a dozen donations of which the first two are now credited on our
Recent donations page where there is also a link to a PDF list
of one major donation of 435 UFO-related magazines. More to follow!
Sunday evening and another weekend
spent on AFU work. You can read about the results of caring for a
unique US clipping collection on Recent donations. Several
scanning projects for international researcher's going on right now.
We do have a steady flow of questions asked through e-mails!
Two new work trainees will start with
us tomorrow and I have used part of the day to prepare their work.
Collected three different Access files together, forming a 12.600
records database of articles in UFO magazines from different
countries (USA, UK, Spain, Norway and Sweden). The two new
co-workers will continue the work on this database with new titles
and also with new volumes of previously coded magazines and
A new Spanish book received, is
presented on our Recent new books page for 2009.
Searched the Magazine files today, to
establish what issues that were missing of the old Merseyside UFO
Research Group Bulletin, Merseyside UFO Bulletin and the Spanish
Cuadernos de Ufologia. In two separate deals we are
buying/exchanging copies of these valuable publications. We are
always on the lookout for donations-exchanges-acquisitions that can
enrich and complete the collections.
Having a good copier at an
archives institution is absolutely essential. Our old one has now
become a pensioner! Read the happy story of how we got a donation
for our new copier on the Projects page!
January was a 'lost' month, at least
concerning the AFU web (but not concerning AFU work in general!). To
the extent that I have had the time, due to the regular work, work
has proceeded on getting a good order to the AFU library collection.
Our librarian is cataloguing the final parts of the Caulfield book
collection. Many evenings and a full few days I have spent planning
and carrying books around between the bookcases. Shelf space is
always critical. I think I have moved some of the books possibly
twenty times since we took over the library 28 years ago! After one,
two or three years there usually are new donations that fill out the
empty places on our shelves and we have to do slight removals. We
need an IKEA sponsorship! :-)
Yesterday, I uploaded the new AFU
Serials inventory, now available from the Magazine Collection
page. I have also added a new surprise donation on Recent
donations (a new page for 2009 started).